Piper and Race
While I don't agree with all he says, I cannot help but respect the preacher John Piper.
In a recent sermon he argues:
"1. Evolutionary theory of human origins encourages racist thinking about human groups.
Evolutionary theory: Humans came from lower life forms.
Why does this tend toward racism? It can cause you to think that other groups of humans can be explained by saying they are less evolved".
However, I've got to disagree with this reasoning.
I quoted Hans Küng, during my review of his Der Anfang aller Dinge a while back, the following:
"Never to forget: Aborigines, Bushmen, Asians, Europeans or Americans – these are not different kinds of humans, they all present one single kind of human, the same family of humans. And even if we are very different in our outward appearances, we probably all have, as molecular genetic analysis shows, one common origin. Under our skin we are all Africans" (184)
Indeed, surely much of the biblical narrative implies sinfulness at a corporate, racial level. Hence nations suffer under judgment for persecuting God's chosen people (cf. Joel 3:2 for example). Of course, for Paul all are sinners, but some may want to suggest that some are more sinners than others - as 'Paul' appears on first reading to do in Titus (Titus 1:13-13). Given Küng's point above, I think evolution may help prevent racism actually. Besides, the summary: "Evolutionary theory: Humans came from lower life forms" perhaps forgets the following: "Biblical narrative: Humans came from the dust". Besides, what's this 'less evolved' business? Evolution says that we are all part of the same family of humans.