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Do evolutionary creationists seek to soften the racial implications of Darwinism?

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From Wayne Rossiter, author of Shadow of Oz, Theistic Evolution and the Absent God: at his blog:

As is often the case, I really debated over whether or not to even take up a response to Ted Davis’s recent blog, “Did Darwin Promote Genocide.” In the end, I thought it warranted some consideration.

Davis acknowledges that Darwinism was used to justify eugenics.

So if we agree to all of these things, why has Davis decided to take up arms (or pen) against Moore? Why bother? In my opinion, it is because there is a more subtle hand at work in this. Because Davis is a defender of evolutionary creationism (a view that seeks compatibility between Darwin’s theory and the Christian faith), he seems to feel the need to soften the impacts of Darwin’s theory. And, if possible, to distance Darwin from any negative impacts resulting from his theory. So what is Davis really doing here? First, he’s muddying the waters by diverting the discussion towards the person Charles Darwin and his personal holdings. This is to stare at the tree and miss the forest. As I’ve already noted, Davis is right in pointing out that Moore is misguided at best, and perhaps even a bit dishonest in his cut-pasting of quotes. But, the grand issue we must all grapple with is not whether Darwin was a racist (he was) or a proponent of genocide or eugenics (on balance, he seems not to have been. He certainly did not support slavery). The issue is what sorts of ideas his theory offered to society.

Take home messages: 1) some races are more developed than others. 2) by the struggle to survive and the war of nature, those more primitive races will be destroyed (outcompeted) by the superior ones. Of course, Darwin doesn’t come out and say that we should actively seek the destruction of the inferior races. He was a smart guy. Even if he did feel that way (which I don’t believe he did), he wouldn’t have said so to the English public. But, if you’re a decision-maker in society, what do you do with the apparent facts proposed by Darwin? How should they guide your actions? More.

Darwin made racism “scientific.” People who believe that all human beings are descended from Adam and Eve, if they are honest, can only be racists with a bad conscience, fearing judgement. People who believe that the universe has no inherent meaning, we are just animals, and life is a struggle with competitors for survival have a rational, though not moral, justification for racism.

Oog would understand. So would the alt right.

See also: The alt right, Donald Trump, and – oddly enough – Darwin. Anyone not committed to Darwinian survival of the fittest cannot be ‘alt right’.

and

Darwin’s alt right is back, dumping Christianity now

One Reply to “Do evolutionary creationists seek to soften the racial implications of Darwinism?

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    critical rationalist says:

    People who believe that all human beings are descended from Adam and Eve, if they are honest, can only be racists with a bad conscience, fearing judgement.

    The last time I checked ID, the supposed scientific theory, said nothing about the designer, let alone that we’re the dependents of Adam and Eve. In fact, eugenics would be a form of design, which we could be the result of. And biologists are the ones that don’t do thought experiments?

    Also, we shouldn’t be racists out of fear of being punished for it? Really?

    People who believe that the universe has no inherent meaning, we are just animals, and life is a struggle with competitors for survival have a rational, though not moral, justification for racism.

    People who believe the universe can have no meaning unless it is imposed on it by some authoritative designer seem to think they don’t impose meaning based on their own criteria, such as having significance to some authorative source. That’s a personal view about what they find meaningful.

    Furthermore, the universe could be the result of a compromise between a committee of designers, of which none got what they really wanted. Again, here I thought only biologists didn’t do though experiments?

    Oh, that’s right. Everyone knows ID’s designer is actually God. I don’t see why anyone even bothers pretending otherwise.

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