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Crosstalk: September 1, 2017

Surely you've heard, read about or perhaps have seen the clashes that include the slogans: 'Black Lives Matter', 'White Lives Matter', 'All Lives Matter'. Hardly a day goes by without some media outlet addressing a story about racism. Those may involve black separatists, white separatists, the KKK, the Black Panthers, etc.

What's the root cause of this attitude? It's a rarely discussed fact of history that the premise of Darwinian evolution has been deeply rooted in the worst racist ideology since its inception.

Joining Jim to discuss this was Dr. A. Charles Ware. Dr. Ware is the pastor of Crossroads Bible Church and president of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis. He's an international authority and life coach on race and ethnic reconciliation matters. He's a conference speaker and author. Dr. Ware was appearing to discuss a book that he's co-authored with Ken Ham entitled, 'One Race One Blood'.

Racist ideology has been around for a long time. Dr. Ware noted that it began in the heart of man at the Fall, so now we consider ourselves better than others. This attitude was given a scientific explanation and codified into history with Darwinism.

Jim described how Darwin referred to people with darker skin as being savage, low and degraded. He (Darwin) gave the opinion that we'd rather be descended from a monkey than from what he called a savage (referring to people with darker skin). When was the last time you saw or heard about this philosophy appearing in science textbooks?

Dr. Ware explained how that concept even affected the church. As an example he mentioned a meeting he attended where he heard a pastor say that as a child he heard from the pulpit that blacks were sub-human. They didn't have souls in the evolutionary process therefore they didn't need the gospel preached to them.

This was similar to the concept touted by Margaret Sanger of Planned Parenthood. They were trying to get rid of what they termed as the weaker races. Hitler picked up on that as he felt the Aryan race was the superior one, so he was trying to protect the purity of the white gene pool. This all goes hand in hand with what Jim pointed out; that the subtitle of Darwin's book, 'On the Origin of the Species' was: 'The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life'.

There was also the idea that those of black skin color evolved from the strong, but less intelligent gorillas, orientals evolved from the orangutans, while whites evolved from the most intelligent of primates, the chimpanzee.

Jim wondered what the state of Christianity was at the time of Darwin. Did the church support such ideas? Did they reject them or perhaps just withdraw from getting involved? Dr. Ware said it was a mix. Like today, the biblical view was undercut by science, so science took authority over the Bible. So you end up with Christians who will adjust their thinking so that Bible interpretation is controlled by science because science has the 'facts'.

The curse that came down through Ham, the concept of human 'race' as it relates to the Bible and so much more is covered on this important edition of Crosstalk.

 

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