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Darwin's work refers to "preservation of favoured races" (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Darwin's work refers to "preservation of favoured races" (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CA005.2:

The subtitle of Darwin's Origin of Species refers to "the preservation of favoured races," showing the racist nature of Darwin's ideas.

Source: Weston, Paula, 1997-1998. The fallacy of racism. Creation Ex Nihilo 20(1): 52,53


CreationWiki response:

It is assumed that the T.O. author's responses are simply based on his own opinion.

(Talk.Origins quotes in blue)


Race, as used by Darwin, refers to varieties, not to human races. It simply points out that some variations that occur naturally survive in greater numbers. Origin of Species hardly refers to humans at all.

Unless the author expands on this point and offers some convincing evidence to support it, there is no reason to believe it's anything more than his own opinion. And "hardly at all" is a highly subjective description.

Evolution is not racist.

See our own CA005 and CA005.1 responses. In this argument, this statement is a red herring since the claim is simply that the title of Darwin's book implies racism.