The logic of his evolutionary thesis…

Darwin himself was driven by the logic of his evolutionary thesis to foreshadow eugenic science:

With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilised men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the mamed, and the sick; we initiate poor laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save … life…. Continue reading

The most evolved of the “races of man”…

The book from which [John] Scopes taught was an approved school text called A Civic Biology by George Hunter. The [“orthodox”] story tells us that Scopes read his class chapter seventeen of Hunter’s book, which is said to be about Darwin and the Origin of Species. However, chapter seventeen is actually titled “Heredity, Variation, Plant and Animal Breeding” and, as befits a book of civic biology, is mainly about practical applications to farming. Indeed, the modern reader is surprised at how little this book has to say about Darwin. Continue reading

History is told by the victors…

In recent years we have become accustomed to the idea that history is told by the victors and reflects the interests of the rich and powerful. Thus at school we learn about kings and queens, prime ministers and presidents. Recent scholars have shown that this traditional idea of history has neglected the concerns of ordinary people, while some feminist historians consider that women’s lives have been so far excluded that a new discipline of “her-story” (rather than “his- story”) is needed. Continue reading

Nature made the animals for man…

The doctrine that “nature made the animals for man to do with as he wishes” is Greek, not biblical, and was more prominent in the language of the Enlightenment than in that of the Reformation.

Philip Sampson, from Six Modern Myths About Christianity & Western Civilization, p. 90