Sexism and Racism–Basic Evolutionary Theory

I had fun this morning browsing The_Way_of_the_Master website.  They’ve added some new things since I was there last.  One thing that caught my eye in the evolution_video  (which I really enjoyed) was this quote:

The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by man attaining to a higher eminence in whatever he takes up than woman can attain, whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands.              (emphasis mine)
                  ~Charles Darwin in The Descent of Man

So surely NO feminist could admire Darwin!  I’m not a feminist, and I guess even I would take issue with this statement.  I agree that in areas which require physical strength, men naturally have an advantage, and I think men are in general better leaders than women, but I can’t quite agree that men are intrinsically more imaginative, better reasoners, or more dextrous than women.  And there is no doubt in my mind that women make much better midwives! 

Isn’t it interesting that many feminists seem to be satisfied to embrace Darwin’s ideas even though he made this extremely sexist statement?

And isn’t it interesting that even while Darwin firmly believed black people were not as evolved as whites, still many blacks are happy to accept his theory of evolution?

Why would that be?  It seems that sexist or racist statements are so quickly pounced on and denounced in so many areas…  Why not here?  Maybe this quote explains it.

Evolution is unproved and unprovable.  We believe it only because the only alternative is special creation, and that is unthinkable.
                   ~Sir Arthur Keith

Why is it unthinkable?  Of course, simply because it presupposes that God is.  And if God is, then we are inferior to Him and we can no longer make our own rules.



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5 Responses to Sexism and Racism–Basic Evolutionary Theory

  1. That darn Darwin! There have been a lot of racist and sexist scientists and writers that people give kudos to and don’t even know it. Ooops! 

  2. BooksForMe says:

    That’s pretty funny!

  3. If we refuse God’s revealed Truth in the Scriptures, how will we escape the siren call of the Adversary?

  4. mcbery says:

    I didn’t know that about Darwin’s theory. Wasn’t it later on in his life he acknowledged he didn’t really believe what he had written?  I think he has gone from here to meet God and found out what life was really all about.

  5. homefire says:

    @mcbery – Darwin recanting his theory is one of those things that we’ll probably never know for sure.  Lots of people declare that he did change his mind in later life, but many others declare vehemently that he did no such thing.  So who knows?  But yeah, he probably knows now…  Sad.

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