Erik Angus MacRae is the author of seven books in the category of Christian apologetics.
Immediately after its wholesale adoption of Charles Darwin's books "On the Origin of Species" and "Descent of Man," Germany led a horrific massacre against indigenous Africans of the Herero and Nama tribes in Namibia during the early part of the twentieth century. The term "Darwin's law" appears as the chief justification and source of authority behind the heinous acts.
Germany had a better attitude towards Africans before Darwin's books
"In times before Germany became enamored with Darwin's terms, it was actively sending missionaries to South Africa to work there, and experienced significant success in evangelizing and educating the people they met." Creation Ministries Staff, "The Holocaust before the Holocaust" 1
"A great portion of them held mutual respect, in accord with the Biblical construct of all men as equals, and fellow descendants of the same man- the white man who was educated in Bible literature was able to speak to the black man as a fellow descendant and equal inheritor of the lineage of Adam and of Noah, without shame, and to readily aid and strengthen him in accord with the chastity and generosity commanded by Christ ; in the 1820' s, this was the case with a good portion of the missionaries from Germany working in Africa. (Much, not all.) However, towards the end of the nineteenth century, things changed. Remember, Charles Darwin's book, "On the origin of species" was published after this, in 1859. That leaves about 45 years from Darwin's book to the events undertaken in Namibia, which clearly demonstrates the radicalizing impact those Darwinian texts had. " Erik Angus MacRae, "How Social Atheism Dethroned Christianity and Seized Power in the West, and the Caustic Effects of Darwinian Theory in the World" 2
Beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin's inner circle introduced an intense culture of dehumanizing Africans
By creating a literature that depicted Africans as a "less evolved" version of the human race, the intellectual circle of Darwin left room for the utter contempt of Africans and the consequential genocides that followed.
"At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man [white man] will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time, the anthropomorphous apes [that is the ones which allegedly look like humans, Darwinian terms for Africans] will no doubt be exterminated." Charles Darwin, the Descent of Man 3
Though Darwin, being very cunning to cover his tracks, did not directly and openly identify the African peoples with the term "anthropomorphous apes" but rather subtly, however all close to him knew that this what he was implying by the terms; his closest friends who were the most immersed in his teaching used this language with direct reference to them, which they obviously learned from him.
Demonstrating Darwin's racist ideology, Thomas Huxley, "Darwin's Bulldog," said:
"No rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man." 4
Ernst Haeckel, "Darwin's Doberman," added the pool of racist writings:
"All these five races of men, according to the Jewish legend of creation, are said to have descended from 'a single pair' – Adam, and Eve, and in accordance with this are said to be varieties of one kind or species. [Of human being- all the same.] "
"The excellent paleontologist Quenstedt is right in maintaining (in opposition to the teaching of the Bible) that, "If Negroes and Caucasians were snails, zoologists would universally agree that they represented two very distinct species, which could never have originated from one pair by gradual divergence. " 5
"Thus, for example, a great English traveler, who lived for a considerable time on the West Coast of Africa, says: "I consider the Negro to be a lower species of man, and cannot make up my mind to look upon him as "a man and a brother," for the gorilla would then also have to be admitted to the family." 6 Ernst Haeckel, "The History of Creation"
One native of Africa reported of the German mindset housed in the settlers of South Africa that followed the dispensation of Darwin :
"The real cause of bitterness among the Herero toward the Germans is without question the fact that the average German looks down upon the natives as being about the same level as the higher primates ('baboon' being their favorite term for the natives) and treats them like animals. The settler holds that the native (Herero) has a right to exist only in so far as he is useful to the white man. It follows that the whites value their horses and even their oxen more than they value the natives." 7
A picture of the brutality endured by the Herero and Nama tribes
"The treatment of the Herero people of Africa was thus: Their land and cattle and livelihood were seized without prior warning, Herero people were shot for no reason at all, Herero women and girls, and possibly at points boys also, were sexually abused and raped. Because of the high interest in evolutionary theory in "missing links," the Darwinian Germans dug up the graves of the Herero ancestors and stole their skulls and bones for scientific study, and consequently used their bones as well as the bones of the newer generation of Herero they slaughtered to support and evidence their racist evolutionary beliefs. " 8 Erik Angus MacRae "How Social Atheism Dethroned Christianity and Seized Power in the West, and the Caustic Effects of Darwinian Theory in the World"
"Of course, the Herero, enduring so much evil and abuse, tried to fight back – although the Herero Christians tried to make peace and negotiate. " 9 Creation Ministries Staff, "The Holocaust before the Holocaust"
One native of the land said:
"All of our obedience and patience with the Germans is of little avail, for each day they shoot someone dead for no reason at all." 10 - Hendrik Witbooi
Consequently, using the retaliation of the Herero as a pretext for justification, the Germans dispatched General Lothar Von Trotha to liquidate the resistance of the Herero people in 1904.
The German General who oversaw the liquidation of the Herero wrote:
"I destroy the African tribes with streams of blood, and streams of money. Only following this cleansing can something new emerge, which will remain." "At the outset, we cannot do without the natives [i.e., hard labor slaves]. But they finally have to melt away. Where the climate allows the white man to work, philanthropic views cannot banish Darwin's law, 'survival of the fittest ". 11 General Lothar Von Trotha
Accordingly, CMI commented:
"Lothar Von Trotha moved in with his troops and did not spare the native women, or the children. The German colonial rule successfully annihilated 75% of the Herero – before the war, there were 80 000 plus Herero people, but after the war only 20, 000 remained – and the Nama people, a southern tribe that entered the war almost a year later due to similar circumstances with the colonizers, were also reduced by 50%.
Before the skulls were sent off and sold to German universities, the female prisoners were made to do all the horrendous preparatory work. In the book, “The angel of death has descended violently among them” it is described this way: “In Swakopmund, female prisoners were forced to boil the severed heads of concentration camp inmates and then scrape them to the bone with shards of glass. The result of their horrific labor is seen in this German postcard from the GSWA. “ (It included a picture of the postcard which included a photo of Germans with a collection of the inmates’ skulls). Creation Ministries Staff, "The Holocaust before the Holocaust" 12
We are failing to learn from our destructive past; Institutions of public education in the West are not speaking about the racist history of the Darwinian books
Unfortunately, despite all the grievances suffered by the Africans in the past, only a small minority even seem to understand that Darwin played a major role in the recent history of racism in the West. This is a real travesty considering that we know the case of the Herero, and even of Germany was not an isolated one.
For instance, one article featured in the Stanislaus State website clearly demonstrates that Hitler's view towards the holocaust of European Jewry grew out of his Darwinian evolutionary presuppositions. Another article from Creation ministries reveals that the Australian aboriginals suffered the exact same kind of treatment from Westerners, and the exact same quotations appear as a means of justification... Darwin, Huxley, Haeckel. Further still, there is also evidence presented in another article of a very strong connection existing between the teachings of Darwin and the developments of Karl Marx's Communism; Communism has its own holocausts and as a system has been credited by numerous authors and historians with bringing about the deaths of over 120 million by means of artificially generated famines and secret police killings.
The West must work to rectify its history by bringing the dark side of Darwin to light.
References and notes
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa2_1Xb5A7M "The holocaust before the Holocaust", Creation Ministries
2. How Social Atheism Dethroned Christianity and Seized Power in the West, and the Caustic Effects of Darwinian Theory in the World (Observational Commentaries on Social Atheism) (Kindle Location 1413). Erik Angus MacRae
3. Darwin, C, The Descent of Man, 2nd 2d, John Murray, London, pg. 156, 1887
4. Morris, Henry M. 1973. Evolution and modern racism. Impact 7 (Oct.). http:// www.icr.org/ index.php? module = articles& action = view& ID = 55
5. Ref 4.
6. Haeckel, History of Creation, vol. 2 pg 365
7. Birdgman, Jon. M, The revolt of the Hereros, University of California Press, Berkeley, pg. 62, 1981
8. Ref. 2 (Kindle Location 1497).
9. Ref 1.
10. Dreschler, Horst, Let us die fighting, Zed Press, London, pg. 143, 1981
11. Ref. 10, pp 111-114, 119, 132, 1981