Darwin and Malthus

Darwin and Malthus

Ecclesiastes 3: 20-21
“Everything goes to one place; everything is made of dust, and everything will return to the same dust. Who knows that the spirit of the sons of men ascends above, and that the spirit of the animal descends below to the earth? “

Social Darwinism, taken to the extreme, can manifest itself in cruel ways. He can be seen as opposing helping the disabled or the poor, arguing that many of these people are less able to survive than the mainstream population. If one sees certain groups of people as more or less evolved, it can also lead to the justification of racist ideas.

In response, some evolutionists have joined the critique of Social Darwinism. They have argued that Darwinism is a scientific principle and that it is not necessary, or even convenient, to apply Darwinism as a social practice. Popular atheist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins has said: “What we need is a truly anti-Darwinian society. Anti-Darwinian in the sense that we do not want to live in a society where the weakest go to the wall, where the strongest repress the weak, and even kills the weak. “

The problem with a denial of Social Darwinism by Darwinists is that Darwin was a Social Darwinist. In his critical biography of Charles Darwin, AN Wilson notes that Darwin was as influenced by Malthus as he was by Lyell.

It was Thomas Malthus who argued that increased resources and care for the poor would lead to a sharp increase in population, thus eliminating benefits. This supposed demographic problem is therefore known as the Malthusian catastrophe. Malthus’s opposition to caring for the poor would influence Darwin’s views on the mechanism of animal evolution.

It is not wrong that God created humanity in complete contrast to the way He created animals. This separate creation emphasizes our unique status before Him.

Prayer: I thank You for the privileges You have endowed me with and I ask that I may have Your heart for those who are in need. Amen.

Ref: Wilson, AN (2017), Charles Darwin: Victorian Myth Maker , (Harper).

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