No Christianity, No Equality

 Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (pgs. 108-110):

1793 Equality anagoria“According to the science of biology, people were not “created.” They have evolved. And they certainly did not evolve to be “equal.” The idea of equality is inextricably intertwined with the idea of creation. The Americans got the idea of equality from Christianity, which argues that every person has a directly created soul, and that all people are equal before God. However if we do not believe in the Christian myths about God, creation, souls, what does it mean that all people are created “equal”? Evolution is based on difference, not on equality. Every person carries a somewhat different genetic code, and is exposed from birth to different environmental influences. This leads to the development of different qualities that carry with them different chances of survival. “Created equal” should therefore be translated “evolved differently.”” [Read more of the quote in context here.]

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2 thoughts on “No Christianity, No Equality

  1. This quote was copied from my personal blog ( and has been misattributed. The author is in fact Yuval Noah Harari, but it is from his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (pgs. 108-110). This quote is not from a book called Impossible People, as stated in this post.

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