Q&A: Origin of Races Revisited

Origin of Races Revisited

Question

I was curious to discover how you explain differences in race. I realize some may explain the differences by claiming micro-evolution (variation among species), but I find it hard to believe a race could change so drastically in such a short period.

Answer

Yes, we appeal at times to microevolution (more properly defined as variation "within" a species), but primarily to specialization (narrowing of the gene pool). Scientifically, there is actually very little variation between modern ethnicities. For example, there are only a handful of genes that control skin tone, and every human being has all the same genes. The only differences are the traits programmed into each gene. The same is true of bone structure, hair type, eye color, etc. So far as I am aware, there are no known genes with more than four genotypes, so that it is scientifically possible for all human beings to have descended from one set of parents even without appealing to mutation. And if some genes have more genotypes, we can always appeal to mutation.

I'm not sure which time period you mean, since there is little agreement in the Christian community regarding the age of man. But even the most conservative estimates, which date man's creation over 6,000 years ago, provide ample time for such minor changes. Consider, for example, the tremendous changes in dog breeds registered by the AKC within only the last hundred years.

See also Origin of Races.

Answer by Ra McLaughlin

Ra McLaughlin is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Third Millennium Ministries.