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INTRODUCTION IMPACT ON THE HUMAN RACE
How does one human being justify what he or she does to another based on nationality, class, race or disability? What informs or instructs our behavior towards one another? Some people believe we are creatures of evolution. Others believe we are creations of God. Does it matter what our origins are? Does where we came from determine who we are, how others treat us or how we treat them?
Though science is proving us to be more alike than we realize, it is a fact that no one, regardless of skin color, escapes racism from others who appear different from what they are. In the year 2008, the United States of America elected its first black President. During the presidential primary elections, old attitudes from all quarters resurfaced, threatening again to leave an ugly stain on society. Today, as in years past, there are those who promote such dissentions in an attempt to fracture society and advance their own political and cultural agendas. Discounting such external agitators, the real question becomes: What is the root source of prejudice that is perpetrated by and exists against all people regardless of their ethnicity, nationality or skin color around the globe?
What will be explored in the following pages are the core causes of social, ethnic and racial strife that originated yesterday, exist today, and may be further imbedded into the social fabric of tomorrow. The following questions must be addressed. Does the origin of human beings, how we came into existence, or where we come from geographically—truly separate us into distinct categories? Is there something deep within the social fabric historically, scientifically or spiritually that supports that separation?
These prescient and timely questions, and more, will be explored as two conflicting and discordant worldviews are examined along with the history, theology and science that support them. Examined will be the differing impacts that creation vs. evolution have had on ethnic, racial and class distinctions in our society.
Does whether we believe in God as our Creator or in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution affect how we treat each other? Some suggest that the same Darwinian mind-set that fueled Hitler’s ovens is being taught as fact in schools today. If so, how might that impact the future of us all, both on an individual level and globally?
Most major religions profess God as Creator in opposition to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Globally, there are people who hold a God-centered belief that we were created equal. Yet, others have accepted Darwin’s hypothesis, along with his theory of evolution, that people with different skin colors evolve or advance at different rates as part of a natural process. With due consideration given those who find common ground between the two, the question truly becomes—do you believe in God or Darwin and why? Many artificially imposed ethnic and racial differences and boundaries have root in cultural dogmas that are in direct opposition to science and religion. The question of today and tomorrow is: Should humans remain separate based on limited differences, or is there substantial likeness among all people that unites us as one race—the human race?
The question of where humankind came from is the subject of great interest in today’s public forum. Is your ancestral father the lowly ape? Or, were you created by the same God who created the universe? The answer—will have consequences of immense proportions for current and future generations. It affects everyone on a very personal level.