Monday, April 4, 2011

Enlightenment vs. Catholic Thinking on Race

    It is a serious question among them whether the Africans are descended from monkeys or whether the monkeys come from them. Our wise men have said that man was created in the image of God. Now here is a lovely image of the Divine Maker: a flat and black nose with little or hardly any intelligence. A time will doubtless come when these animals will know how to cultivate the land well, beautify their houses and gardens, and know the paths of the stars: one needs time for everything.
Thus spake the "enlightened" Voltaire, quoted in Wikipedia's article on Polygenism, the "theory of human origins positing that the human races are of different lineages," which "was heavily criticized in the 20th century Roman Catholic Church, and especially by Pope Pius XII in the encyclical Humani Generis, who felt that, although evolution was compatible with Catholicism, polygenism was seemingly incompatible with the doctrine of Original Sin." This unenlightened blogger holds to Monogenesis.

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