When the subject of racial/ethnic differences in genetics and on the group level comes up in modern discourse amongst Christians, there are two typical reactions from “anti-racists” both of which show a deep misunderstanding of Christian doctrine. The first is the pietistic Gnostic reaction of the flesh is evil and the material world is irrelevant and the only thing that matters is the spiritual world and your salvation. This has been discussed elsewhere showing that such a view of ordering society is neither Biblical nor even possible. The second reaction is based out of an acceptance of the prevailing materialistic humanist worldview and the rejection of the spiritual in favor of the physical as the final arbitrator of value. We see this in the objections this second groups raises to Kinism on the grounds that it destroys or undermines human worth. This takes form in variations of allegations that Kinism is supremacist, restricts salvation to certain racial groups, or reduces people to sub-human status on the basis of things like intelligence. The problem with this is it shows either a fundamental misunderstanding or rejection of the Biblical doctrine of human worth. Christians who hold equality as the standard of human worth have replaced the Christian standard with that of Leftist Marxism. Humans worth is based on our creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and not on any group or individual physical attributes. Calvinists, like myself, especially should not have a problem with this principle since we hold to Unconditional Election in that, since salvation is based entirely on a sovereign act of God and not on any rational choice or good works on the part of the human, God can and does save at least some infants and mentally retarded (2 Samuel 12:23). If God can do that, then plus or minus a standard deviation of average group intelligence really shouldn’t be a problem for Him and holding to Kinism brings no racial group’s ability to be saved into question. So such a materialistic objection to race realism really does show a cultural Marxist understanding of humanity. A commenter over at Vox Day’s blog did an excellent job of debunking this anti-Christian view of human worth:
Christians understand that all humans have a fundamental worth that it too great to quantify, on the basis of being made in God’s Image and being valued by God, regardless of athletic ability, intelligence, time preferences, or what have you.
I think the reason Leftists like the SFWA get so bent out of shape about this stuff is that as materialists, they lack any such basis for essential human dignity. To them, humans are just the sum of their material attributes and desires (their intelligence especially), and nothing more. Hence, in order for them to maintain the belief in the basic value of all humans, they have to hold to the dogma that all humans are identical in every material or empirically observable manner.
This especially applies to level of intelligence, which Leftists use as a metric of human worth more than anything else. For them, it’s the only physically observable trait that makes a human worth more than an animal. Consider that they justify the mass extermination of human fetuses on the basis that they have not developed a sufficiently high level of intelligence, and are therefore (according to the Leftist) sub-human and worthless, fit to be discarded as trash on the whims of human adults.
Thus, for a leftist, to suggest that someone (or some group) has less intelligence than another is to suggest that they are sub-human, fit for subjugation and abuse by other humans. That’s why they freak out at mere mention of the possibility. What’s actually causing their anger is being faced with the horrible implications of their own perverse beliefs.
It is only Kinism that walks the Christian tightrope between unbiblical pietism on the one hand and unbiblical materialism on the other. Holding that physical racial differences are real and meaningful, while maintaining the image of God as the standard for human worth is the Christian path; the Kinist path.