Ripple Effects Of Social Darwinism

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Ripple Effects of Darwinism
Time periods in history have directly or indirectly effect science and society. Because of the Enlightenment period science and their scientist to be able to research those topics that did not go along with the church and their beliefs. (Bowles & Kaplan, 2013, p. 136) One topic that was addressed was evolution. Evolution has had a huge influence on today in all field including Christianity. The debate on whether man was created or whether we evolved from animal is still a debate that occurs even today. However during the time of Charles Darwin it was a shock and was “welcomed by atheists and feared by theists”. (Bergman, 2001) Social Darwinism also took flight which believed that humans struggled for existence and
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The Economy, society and even the government was effect by the discoveries and evidence that was published in Darwin’s book “On the Origins of Species”. This was called Social Darwinism and it was a 19th century ideal of progress and improvement for humans. Evolution was a complex topic for all of those that knew of it and it questioned the way of life. It questioned if humans were molded by the environment or created. This became a huge conflict within society. (Prien, Pitts, & Kamery, 2003) The study of hereditarianism contributed greatly to the social Darwinism period. Sir Francis Galton, the cousin of Darwin, thought that character and intelligence were decided upon biological inheritance. This theory was not met with acceptance and was criticized by many. Sociologist and Biologist believed that environment was the main factor in the changes that would happen in heredity and later generations. This was a theory by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck a French biologist. Many other biologists supported this theory and it changed the theory of natural selection. (Bannister, 2000)
Social Darwinism had another hurdle in 1872 when Walter Bagehot book “Physics and Politics” talked about how nations were separated into social categories and these categories resulted in conflicts with those in other categories. In the 1890s this led to the growth of imperialism. (Bannister,

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