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Prisoners in Darwin’s Garden: A review of One Blood, One Race

‘A Prisoner in Darwin’s Garden’

is a poetic and compelling phrase coined by Ken Ham in his book One Blood, One Race to describe one particular victim of racist ideology which found a soul place in evolutionary thought.
Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory”
Steven Jay Gould, Ontogeny and Phylogeny , 1977
 
The victim was an Australian Aborigine named Ota. His family was slaughtered by the Belgian government in an assault against “the evolutionary inferior natives”. Ota was made a prisoner for public display as an example of an inferior race.
 
Ota was first displayed as an ’emblematic savage’ in the anthropology wing of the 1904 St Louis Worlds Fair. Treated as a zoo animal, he was subjected to public humiliations and base treatment for years before gaining his release.
 
Sadly, worn down with despair and stress, concluding that he would never be able to return to his homeland, he took his own life in March of 1916.
 
Ham writes: “Ever since the Darwinian theory of evolution became popular and widespread, Darwinian scientists have been attempting to form continuums that represent the evolution of humanity, with some ‘races’ being placed closer to apes, while others are placed higher on the evolutionary scale. These…are still used today to justify racism…” (pp. 21,22)
 
Darwin himself compared pygmies to ‘lower organisms’ declaring them to be “the low, integrated inhabitants of Andaman Islands”
 

Racism in the Church

 

The book, One Race, One Blood is co-authored by Charles Ware who describes himself thus: “I am an African American and my wife is “white”. We have six children, four biological and two adopted. Our 25 year old son has been a quadriplegic since 1998. I am president of a Bible college and senior pastor of a church…Twenty four hours a day I live in a diverse environment and I love it!”
 
His focus in the book is on identifying and rectifying racism within the Christian church.
 
After briefly describing the misuse of scripture to justify racism and divide the church, he adroitly states:
“The virus of religious racism needs a strong antibiotic immediately. Should extreme groups like the KKK (Klu Klux Klan) be eradicated completely, the church would still be plagued with the disease of racism” (p. 57)
 
The hope for this disease is recognition that the scriptures identify only one human race that the apostle Paul referred to as “one blood” when talking to the Greek philosophers of his day.
And (God) has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…”Acts 27:26
 
There is a commonality that unites all men in at least two ways:
1. “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
2. God loves mankind and “is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance 2 Peter 3:9
 
So that as men are reconciled with God through repentance and faith in Christ, they must also be reconciled with each other.
 
Ware states: “I define racial reconciliation in the church as : groups of different cultural ethnic, economic, etc. backgrounds bonded together by redemption in Christ and growing together according to biblical principles for mutual edification, evangelism and the glory of God. (John 13:34,35; Romans 15:1-13; Galatians 2:1-14; 3:26-29; Ephesians 2;11-22).
 
This is not only a good solution to the problem of racism; it is the only lasting solution… whether in personal actions or systemic change, we must look to the cross of Christ to bridge the racial gap” pp. 59, 61
 
In the next post, we will see that Ota is not the only prisoner of Darwin’s Garden, but there are many others who are sickened by it’s bitter fruits.
smc

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