could make, both to racist ideas and to the ‘politically correct’ overreactions to them, to fully grasp hold of the implications of Genesis. We are not only all related, but astonishingly closely related. We all go back to Adam and Eve—and even more recently than that, to Noah and his family. We really are one humanfamily.Re ferences and notes 1. Before the Civil War. 2. W. Williams (an African-American economist), Black Slavery is Alive in 2001, Available at www.capitalismmagazine. com, 4 January, 2001, acc. 10 October 2010. 3. This was to make Adam the progenitor of only the ‘white race’. Thus these alleged pre-Adamites were the ancestors of all other groups, who could then be labelled as subhuman. By not being in the Adamic line, it also precluded the possibility of their salvation through Jesus Christ, the ‘Kinsman Redeemer’ (Isaiah 59: 20) and ‘the Last Adam’ (1 Corinthians 15: 45). 4. There was of course no curse on Ham, and no mention of skin colour associated with the account regarding the curse on Canaan, Ham’s son. For a fascinating explanation/ exposition of other aspects of this, see the author’s book (inset). 5. See also the book by secular researcher Sylvester A. Johnson, The myth of Ham in ineteenth-century American Christianity, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 6. In Australia today, the ‘one drop’ can serve to endow victim status and access to various benefits even where the person has little historical or cultural connection to any Aboriginal group. 7. Fears, D., People of color who never felt hey were black: racial label surprises many Latino immigrants, The Washington Post, p. A01, 26 December 2002.Cr eation 33( 3) 2011
This article was adapted from the chapter headed ‘Slavery and white
guilt’ in the author’s powerful new book One Human Family: the Bible,
science, race and culture, available creation.com/store.
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CARL WIELAND, M.B., B.S.
Dr Wieland is Managing Director of Creation Ministries International in Brisbane, Australia.
He was founding editor of Creation magazine.