frrostedman wrote:I didn't "stoop low" though I was trying to make a point. I'm sorry you took such offense, but this thread is primarily intended for the scant few Christians we have. Points to ponder, as it were.
If you don't know what Social Darwinism is, look it up. It's not the same as "Darwinism."
The basic premise of Darwinism is 'survival of the fittest." Social Darwinists take that idea and apply it on a social scale. To the Social Darwinist, the inferior human beings will eventually be phased out and to the extremist, there's nothing wrong with prodding the process along... since one is just bringing about the inevitable anyway... only quicker.
I wrote nothing wrong, nothing insulting, and nothing incorrect.
"Survival of the fittest" is a phrase which is commonly used in contexts other than intended by its first two proponents - British polymath philosopher Herbert Spencer (who coined the term) and Charles Darwin.
Herbert Spencer first used the phrase - after reading Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species - in his Principles of Biology (1864), in which he drew parallels between his own economic theories and Darwin's biological ones, writing “This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called 'natural selection', or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life."
Darwin first used Spencer's new phrase "survival of the fittest" as a synonym for "natural selection" in the fifth edition of On the Origin of Species, published in 1869. Darwin meant it is a metaphor for "better adapted for immediate, local environment", not the common inference of "in the best physical shape" . Hence, it is not a scientific description, and is both incomplete and misleading.
Do you ever research your ill-informed statements
The term first appeared in Europe in 1877 and was popularized in the United States in 1944 by the American historian Richard Hofstadter. The term "social darwinism" has rarely been used by advocates; instead it has chiefly been used (pejoratively) by its opponents.
While the term has been applied to the claim that Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection can be used to understand the social endurance of a nation or country, social Darwinism commonly refers to ideas that predate Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species. Others whose ideas are given the label include the 18th century clergyman Thomas Malthus, and Darwin's cousin Francis Galton who founded eugenics towards the end of the 19th century.
and the earth is about 4.5 billion years old, also