This is why the gospel can (and should) be preached to all tribes and nations.
John Newton, writer of “Amazing Grace,” eventually became an abolitionist after his conversion to Christianity, when he embraced the truth of Scripture.
But some people think there must be different races of people because there appear to be major differences between various groups, such as skin color and eye shape.
Indeed, the most ardent abolitionists during the past centuries were Bible-believing Christians.
John Wesley, Granville Sharp, William Wilberforce, Jonathan Edwards, Jr., and Thomas Clarkson all preached against the evils of slavery and worked to bring about the abolition of the slave trade in England and North America.
They live together in herds, like apes.6 Racist attitudes fueled by evolutionary thinking were largely responsible for an African pygmy being displayed, along with an orangutan, in a cage in the Bronx zoo.7 Indeed, Congo pygmies were once thought to be “small apelike, elfish creatures” that “exhibit many ape-like features in their bodies.”8 As a result of Darwinian evolution, many people started thinking in terms of the different people groups around the world representing different “races,” but within the context of evolutionary philosophy.
This has resulted in many people today, consciously or unconsciously, having ingrained prejudices against certain other groups of people.9 human beings in the world today are classified as Homo sapiens sapiens.In fact, scientists have discovered that there is one major pigment, called melanin, that produces our skin color.There are two main forms of melanin: eumelanin (brown to black) and pheomelanin (red to yellow).However, this all changed in 1859 when Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.Darwinian evolution was (and still is1) inherently a racist philosophy, teaching that different groups or “races” of people evolved at different times and rates, so some groups are more like their apelike ancestors than others.And racial prejudice remains common throughout the world.”11 In an article in the Journal of Counseling and Development,12 researchers argued that the term “race” is basically so meaningless that it should be discarded.