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The “Ism” Behind Every “Ism” (Podcast)

The Ism Behind Every Ism
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With all the concern over racism, sexism, and every other form of prejudice in our culture, is there an underlying cause we might identify to help us tackle these important biases? In this podcast, J. Warner identifies the one “ism” that causes every other.

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J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. He holds a BA in Design (from CSULB), an MA in Architecture (from UCLA), and an MA in Theological Studies (from Gateway Seminary).



  1. Jesse H

    December 1, 2022 at 5:01 am

    Dr. Seuss’s book – The Sneeches covers this and how silly it truly is.

  2. Markus Jesgarz

    December 2, 2022 at 2:21 am

    My opinion is:
    There exists only one human race.
    In the comment on June 24, 2021 by Markus Jesgarz it says:
    In the book:


    by Archbishop Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Thomas Schirrmacher it says beginning on page 19 and page 20 of 119 in the page display:
    2. There are no human Races
    ‘Race’ in Biology
    How does biology nowadays use the term ‘race’? The answer is clear: ‘race’ is now only used for plants that are raised by man as well as for productive livestock and pets. In these cases man breeds for particular characteristics and prevents the mixing of races by controlling breeding. This would be impossible to do with people. For wild animals and wild plants the term ‘race’ is practically no longer used.
    In order to distinguish between biological species – which is clearly defined by the limitations of cross breeding – the term conspecies or subspecies gradually arose for plant ‘forms’ and ‘varieties,’ which, however, were for a long time not as clearly set down as the species and the hierarchical terms that were established with them.
    All the people in the world can be ‘crossed’ with each other. What that means is that principally every man who is potent can have a child with every woman capable of bearing children. This is an unmistakable indication that in the case of people we are speaking of one and the same species. The United Nations has aptly laid this down legally, which by the way is an astonishing recovery of the Christian tradition: “All human beings belong to a single species and are descended from a common stock. They are born equal in dignity and rights and all form an integral part of humanity”.
    Article 1 of the “Declaration on Race and Race Prejudice,” see
    In the Lexikon der Biologie (Encyclopedia of Biology) one reads the following: “In the study of race within anthropology the term ‘race’ was used for the classification of people groups at various levels below the species homo sapiens, whereby only the so-called geographic major races (Caucasian, Mongoloid, Negroid) could have corresponded to the status of sub-species. Different populations and molecular-genetic investigations indicate, however, that the division of mankind into ‘races’ has no genetic basis.” Lexikon der Biologie, vol. 11, Heidelberg: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag 2003, p. 421 (Article entitled „Rasse“)
    [This article is obsolete. The term “race” is no longer used in technical terminology.]
    Biology Professor Ulrich Kattmann from Oldenburg has represented the view in numerous publications that the term race in biology has generally become as obsolete as it has with reference to people. “The critique against the concept of races of mankind is often met with misunderstanding and resistance from the biological side, since it is thought that the task of the term race as a general biological principle is infringed upon: race classification is a common procedure in all of biology . . . Man has no exceptional position and is, therefore, to be treated as all other animal species. The concept of race is necessary for an understanding of animal species. The concept of race is required for an understanding of evolution . . . The author admits that he himself thought this way for a long time . . . Detailed analysis shows, however, that none of the arguments for holding to a concept of races among mankind is biologically valid. First of all, it has been observed that the term ‘race’ in zoology has to the greatest extent become obsolete and is only extensively used by anthropologists and household pet researchers . . . The sole object range in which ‘race’ is used as a technical term has to do with varieties of household pets . . . natural populations are, however, genetically manifold and in no way are they comparable to household differentiated populations that are geographically clearly distinguished and are zoologically designated as sub-species. The subdivision of species into sub-species or even more precise categories is by no means an obligatory biological principle. The zoological classification is only mandatory at the species level: Every procreating organism that requires two parents necessarily belongs to a biological species, which is defined as a reproductive community . . . With people the diversity within and between the populations is so complex that it is inexpedient to further subdivide this species . . . The concept of race is simply unfit to capture the genetic differences of people in their individual and geographic diversity.”
    Ulrich Kattmann, “Rassismus, Biologie und Rassenlehre,” in:

  3. Andrew

    December 22, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Fantastic topic. Several years ago, after working overseas within the military for many years, I reached-out to one of my State Department bodies with some questions about a nation I we were both working with. I was encountering things in this particular culture that I could not reconcile, accept I didn’t realize it because we’ve all been raised to believe that all people think alike. The fact is that cultures think differently and cultural paradigms impact how we think so significantly that a “Shame/Honor” culture and a “Guilt/Innocence” culture think about the most basic things – such as honestly – quite differently. WRT European nations, even among German speaking nations (i.e. Germany, Austria, Switzerland) tribalism is very deeply seated and was reinforced during by the city-state era of the Middle Ages. We have a bit of it in the U.S. but because we never experienced feudalism, the tribalism tends to be a bit more muted – though it does exist, especially between former Northern and Southern States. Great topic. Thank you for raising these issues.

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