Darwinism and Jews

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Darwinism and Jews


In his article on anti-semitism (December 21), Professor Milton Shain states: "These ideas flowered throughout the 19th century, merging with Darwin's notion of natural selection and Herbert Spencer's 'survival of the fittest'."

As a person with a particular interest in evolution, intelligent design and creationism, I wonder if Shain could further expand on the relationship between Darwinism and anti-semitism?

Did Darwinism lead to greater anti-semitism because the Jews were viewed as a inferior race, or because they were viewed as superior? Does the fact that Jews still tend to come out on top mean that they represent the "survival of the fittest"?

Jews are generally more intelligent and able than any other race on earth. I am not sure whether this is because of a residual blessing from God the Creator, because of their diet and health laws, because of the Biblical moral standard of living that many Jews maintain, or because of all these factors combined.

Jews tend to be a blessing to any nation where they exist. They soon climb to the top of the ladder, and thus make a major contribution to economic development of a country.

Anti-semitism may in part be because of the other groupings wanting to pull them down to a lower level, or simply to exterminate them from leadership roles. …

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