In commenting on a post of mine on acceptable belief systems in our community, Zippy made this comment. I want to answer this in detail so here it is in full-
“I have a serious question. And I don’t mean it in a confrontational way. If you look at “Dark Enlightenment” thinkers, some, like Steve Sailor and John Derbyshire are secular and probably atheistic, while others, like Vox Day and Dalrock and, apparently you are extremely hostile to atheism.
“I guess my question is how do you reconcile belief in that God and Jesus stuff with Human Biodiversity? As somebody who thinks Darwin basically got it right, I think that reproductively isolated populations tend to diverge from one another. HBD is the inevitable result of evolution. (Liberals believe in evolution from the neck down.) Certain human subpopulations are simply incapable of building or even maintaining an advanced civilization. Australian Aborigines and most strains of Africans would fall into this category. They simply don’t have the mental horsepower to do it, and in the case of Africans other related dispositions (such as time preference). From the standpoint of a materialist atheist, this makes perfect sense.
“But I have no clue as to why God would create such a state of affairs. Create a human subspecies that is simply not capable of thoughts at our level? If Aborigines were not human — if they were a species of monkey — we wouldn’t give them full human rights. Why would a benevolent God do something like that?
“Now I do realize that a lot of atheists are sanctimonious leftist jerks. For many people, the loss of religion leaves what I like a “religion shaped hole” in their psyche, which they often fill with a belief in the state. So as an associational matter, I understand why one would be wary of members of the organized atheist movement. But atheism certainly isn’t intrinsically leftist, and as I said HBD does flow quite naturally from the Theory of Evolution.”
First- why did God not make all humans the same? I believe God delights in variety. The universe contains many different kinds of galaxies, many different kinds of stars, and in our solar system, different kinds of planets. Earth is not a uniform place, but contains oceans, warm and cold, shallow and deep, wide and small. The land masses are widely varied, from solid snow and ice, to hot rock and sand, vast plains, huge forests, jungles laced with rivers. There are high mountains, rolling hills, and flat river bottoms, sometimes all within a few miles of each other.
The non-living parts of the universe are awe-inspiring, but the variety of plant and animal life is amazing. Algae, moss, grass, bamboo, vines, ferns, trees of all shapes and sizes grow all but the farthest reaches of the north and south. Animals of all kinds walk, crawl, and slither over the land, and fly over land and sea. They swim, slither, and sometimes just drift through the ocean, lakes, rivers and streams. The animals of the land range from homely to comical to majestic, but I think it was with the creatures of the sea that God decided to go completely crazy. Have you ever been scuba diving? Or even just to an aquarium? It’s breath-taking, incredible, amazing.
Indeed the most powerful sense of the divine that the average person has is experiencing the natural world. As people have lost belief in God, nature worship has become a substitute.
Even amongst animal species, there is variation. Humans inhabit more of the earth than any other kind of animal except some kinds of fish or whales. Eskimos live in an extremely inhospitable environment of severe cold and ice, but live on hunting and fishing the animals, birds and fish of the far north. Africans live in an environment that on the surface looks better, hot and teeming with life, but that is actually quite hostile also, much of that teeming life from lions to microbes making a tasty meal of humans. Nevertheless they hunt, fish, and farm as well.
If you put an Eskimo in Africa he would probably die pretty quickly, absent the intervention of modern technology and medicine. If you put an African in the Arctic he would likewise not last long without the intervention of modern technology and medicine. But here’s the thing- you aren’t supposed to put them there. An Eskimo and African are quite happy in their environments, and again absent any outside intervention have no need or desire to go elsewhere.
The Indians have a more advanced culture but have never invented any technology and never had any interest in going any place. The Chinese invented some technology, including paper and gunpowder, and actually made some voyages of exploration, but quickly lost interest. They liked China and didn’t find the people or places they encountered any better or more interesting. The Persians and later the Arabs made conquests of exploitation, but these reached certain natural limits.
Some few peoples have had the gifts of science, technology, craft, philosophy but above all curiosity and adventure, and these peoples have been in Europe. For better or worse, this has shaped the world we live in.
There is variety among humans because God likes variety and created them that way. Different kinds of humans aren’t better or worse, as far as God is concerned, they are just different. “Human” from a divine standpoint is a category of creation. The features that humans share is that they have both a mortal, corporeal existence and an immortal, non-corporeal existence, and the capacity for good and evil. This makes them different from animals, who are only corporeal and don’t have any moral capacity- they can’t be good or evil- from angels, who are only immortal and non-corporeal and can either be good (loyal to and serving God) or evil (loyal to and serving Satan, the chief angel and rebel against God).
The problems between different kinds of humans come from improperly relating to each other, attacking or invading each other, or bringing or permitting them places they don’t belong. Paul said the Athenians (Acts 17:26) “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place”.
Uniformity among the peoples of the earth isn’t a noble sentiment or a “proven scientific fact” as we are continuously told, but a vain and foolish hope that sets aside the true nature of God’s creation that any man can easily observe for the vain and foolish hope of a heaven on earth of uniformity and equality under benevolent human masters, who are of course more equal than the rest of us. Because nobody believes are people are really equal, least of all progressives.
What passes for Christianity in the modern world is vile heresy created by centuries of corruption. I hated it with a passion for a long time, but I promised myself I would read the Bible myself one day and see if it really said what I was taught it said. And no, it doesn’t.
If anybody is honestly curious about what Christianity is, I recommend reading the Gospel of Mark. It’s short, about twelve and a half pages, and it was specifically written for non-Jews. It’s also the oldest of the Gospels and the most factually oriented. Almost all versions lead the New Testament with the Gospel of Matthew, which was written for Jews and contains a lot of Jesus arguing with the Pharisees about theology, especially the Sermon on the Mount, which has been read as a progressive manifesto for hundreds of years, but is not. In any case the Gospel of Mark will tell you most of what you need to know about what Christianity actually is. If your curiosity is satisfied, you know a lot more than most people, including most professing Christians. If you want to read more, you have a huge treasury of divine wisdom in your hands.