Category: Evolution & Creationism

In science there are six interlocking theories which are often referred to as fundamental to evolution:

#1  COSMIC: From the theorized Big Bang of (estimated) 14-20 billion years ago to the (evolution or) generation of hydrogen gas into existence.

#2  CHEMICAL: Gases (beyond hydrogen) and other higher elements evolving into existence.  In other words, increasing molecular & chemical order and complexity over time happening by itself.

#3  STAR & PLANETS: Gravity, angular momentum, magnetism, radiation, and other “accidentally existing” forces coalesce (or evolve) the molecules (from above) that evolved into existence all by themselves into subsequent proto-stars, then later (over lots and lots of theorized time; billions of years) into stars and planetary bodies.

#4  ORGANIC EVOLUTION: Life emerging from sterile non-life by believed automatic advanced chemical processes.  This has also been called spontaneous generation or more recently abiogenesis.  Life from non-life; again, all by itself; increasing complexity and at some point in time – generating successive replication all by itself.  Scientists today are using tax dollars to employ advanced, state-of-the-art equipment under expensive, carefully controlled high-technology laboratory conditions but this still hasn’t succeeded in any way yet … trying so hard … all to show that life could happen accidentally, without much intelligence.  (That being the case indeed.)

#5  MACRO-EVOLUTION: Kinds of life diverging and occasionally increasing in complexity through random processes down through time.  The theory is that single-celled creatures gave rise to (possibly) multi-cellular marine organisms.  Later fish evolved into amphibians, and then into reptiles which (possibly diverged and) evolved into the birds and mammals.   Over the theorized millions of years the divergent complexity of life in nature has (apparently) increased in order, numbers and magnitude.  Many of today’s textbooks show lots of artistic illustrations of such beliefs.

#6  MICRO-EVOLUTION: Structured changes within pre-existing kinds of life.  Heredity & Variation.  This one is scientific and is observable in nature.

It is important to keep all of these various definitions in mind.  Perhaps One but not all are true and verifiable?  Perhaps others never happened at all?  Just because it can be demonstrated that the fur length of offspring (Evolution #6) may vary per individual, this does not automatically mean that (Evolution #2) molecular chemical combination’s get more complex all by themselves.  This belief has not been observed here on Earth at any time; creationists (who agree with Evolution #6) would be skeptical at swallowing belief in Evolution #2 without some kind of testable-repeatable evidence.  It would be nice (for example) to send an oil tanker through an Antarctic storm and end up with a giant chocolate shake, but this has never been observed.

Ernst Haeckel, introduced Darwinism into Germany and formulated a racist social policy for the Nazis.

The greatest influence in the sudden development of racism in the 19th century Europe was the replacement of the Christian belief that “God created all people equal” by “Darwinism”. By suggesting that man had evolved from more primitive creatures, and that some races had evolved further than others, it provided racism with a scientific mask.

Indeed, a heavy Darwinist influence can be seen in all the Nazi ideologues. When this theory, which was given form by Hitler and Alfred Rosenburg is examined, one sees concepts such as ‘natural selection,’ ‘selective mating,’ and ‘the struggle for survival between the races,’ which are repeated dozens of times in Darwin’s The Origin of Species. The name of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf was inspired by Darwin’s principle that life was a constant struggle for survival, and those who emerged victorious survived. In the book Hitler talked of the struggle between the races, and said:

History would culminate in a new millennial empire of unparalleled splendour, based on a new racial hierarchy ordained by nature herself. 

This biological view that forms the basis of the Nazi’s race theory is undiluted Darwinism. Nonsense such as that nature’s aim is to ’cause superior species to evolve,’ that it uses natural selection to do so, and that the weak are inevitably eliminated are really just a summary of Darwinism.

Charles Darwin

One of the most important yet least-known aspects of Darwin is his racism: Darwin regarded white Europeans as more “advanced” than other human races. While Darwin presumed that man evolved from ape-like creatures, he surmised that some races developed more than others and that the latter still bore simian features. In his book, The Descent of Man, which he published after The Origin of Species, he boldly commented on “the greater differences between men of distinct races”.  In his book, Darwin held blacks and Australian Aborigines to be equal to gorillas and then inferred that these would be “done away with” by the “civilised races” in time. He said:

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes… will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.

Social Darwinism contends that existing human races are located at different steps of the “evolutionary ladder”, that the European races were the most “advanced” of all, and that many other races still bear “simian” features.