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Riots in Charlottesville … and Darwinian Evolution?


Charlottesville, Virginia protest August 2017 Credit: Evan Nesterak/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Charlottesville, Virginia protest August 2017 Credit: Evan Nesterak/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

We know about the demonstration in Charlottesville Virginia. Groups described as Right Wing gathered and demonstrated for their beliefs. The trigger was a threat to remove monuments to leaders of the Confederacy in the American Civil War, more than a century and a half ago. That war was fought with muskets and sabres and horses, and the good guys won.

The demonstrations were ugly, with symbols and language that related to Hitler and the Nazis, and the Klu Klux Klan. Counter demonstrators gathered, including some dangerous violent people.

It all ended when allegedly a car driven by a man with a history of mental illness rammed into a crowd of counter demonstrators, killing a woman and injuring 19 others. Two police officers also died when their helicopter crashed as they monitored the demonstrations.

It was a terrible day.

To understand what was happening, some researchers brought up Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Really.

A survey was sent to members of the alt-right supporters asking for their opinions about human evolution.

Angry people were asked who was more or less evolved, in their opinion. Of course, they rated their enemies as less evolved and more ape-like, and people like themselves as ideal modern humans. The assumption is that their belief in evolution made them into monsters.

For evolutionary scientists, there is one big problem with the survey; evolutionists are not supposed to ask those questions because they are taboo. This is the dark side of evolutionary theory that we are supposed to avoid and ignore like it never happened.

If we believe in a purely evolutionary development of species, it is logical that some people are superior, more evolved, and others are obsolete and doomed to extinction. Hitler was the poster child for that branch of Darwinian thinking, with his master race of tall blonde-haired and blue-eyed super men, and on the other side, the Jews who were killed by the millions.

I live in Canada and we have a history of eugenics, sterilizing children through surgery, if they were considered biologically inferior and unfit to reproduce. We also forced native children into boarding schools. We didn’t tamper with their biology, but we tried to evolve them psychologically and culturally.

The government has apologized for both of those mistakes.

We also had a government minister, Frank Oliver, who selected immigrants that he thought were best adapted for life in Canada. In school, we read proud history lessons about “the Men in Sheepskin Coats” or Ukrainians.

Today we have the largest concentration of Ukrainians outside of their homeland, including my mother in law. They are good neighbors and the food is delicious, but the dark side is that others were forbidden to immigrate, even when they had the legal right. We wanted a properly evolved society.

In 1914, a Japanese ship arrived in Vancouver with immigrants from India, but they were rejected and sent back. It’s called the “Komagata Maru incident” from the name of the ship.

I wanted to be an archeologist when I was young, so I earned a degree in anthropology. In the university, we were told that biological evolution was a fact for human origins and certainly not true for modern humans. So yes and no, and if we broke that rule, we could be expelled in disgrace.

The Bible tells us:

“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7: 16 to 20)

That is an unwanted argument. Good scientific ideas will produce a better world with human progress but Darwinian evolutionary thinking has produced some bad ideas and human misery.

The truth is clear to me; God our creator is alive and He evolves us all into better people, if we trust Him. It’s a different kind of evolution.

For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace and reconciling both of them to God in one body through the cross, by which He extinguished their hostility. (Ephesians 2: 14 to 16)

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