Understand the terms used here. This is about evolution in the Darwinian sense: That purely material forces drive all biological change and therefore God is not the creator of the species and the human race. As a Christian I reject Darwinian evolution; the Bible says that God created the living beings, including mankind, and therefore Darwin contradicts Christianity. I do affirm evolution in the other senses, including microevolution, minor variation in already-existing forms caused either by natural selection or by deliberate human interference. I believe it because we see it happening now. But Darwinian evolution, which goes far beyond the observable evidence to postulate that all biological change was non-theistic, is doubtful and unnecessary.
And by “dissident right” I mean the non-mainstream yet non-insane right. Others may try to define the term more narrowly, but since the mainstream right is not helping to restoring a sane society, we need a term for rightists who are on the right path. At the moment, “dissident right” is the best candidate.
The dissident right generally regards evolution—meaning Darwinian evolution—as a sine qua non. These rightists see evolution as the true explanation of human biodiversity, including the biological differences between the races and the sexes. And the Darwinian dissident right sees these biological differences as one of the foundations of their critique of modernity: Modernity defines human beings as biologically equal entities who are born blank slates which are shaped through both environmental forces (e.g., “sex roles”) and individual acts of self-definition and self-identification. (e.g., “I self-identify as a woman.”). From this primal understanding, all the tomfoolery of the left’s radical equality and multiculturalism follows. To the dissident right, biodiversity rooted in evolution shatters this blank-slate equalist theory.
As a non-Darwinian dissident rightist I agree with the Darwinian Right that humans are not metaphysically equal tabulae rasae. But as a Christian I also disagree with Darwinian evolution because—aside from contradicting God’s Word—belief in Darwinism is not necessary for being a dissident rightist. To prove it, simply note that before Darwin’s theory, nobody believed in Darwinian evolution and everybody believed (correctly) that the races and the sexes are different, both biologically and spiritually. Therefore (Darwinian) evolution is not a necessary belief for the dissident rightist.
It’s true that many evangelical Christians (and probably other Christians, but Evangelicalism is the group I know best) believe the left’s blank-slate equalist doctrine. These people often couple their liberalism with opposition to evolution in the sense that they believe God created mankind equal whereas Darwin evolved people to be different. Since Darwin is already an enemy because he denies God’s role (just a small step from denying His existence), Evangelicals are naturally suspicious of the allegedly Darwinian idea that the races and the sexes are different. Couple this suspicion with the overwhelming cultural and political power of the equalists, and it’s no wonder that Evangelicals generally deny human biodiversity.
[Note to the neophyte: The phrase “human biodiversity” is highly loaded, containing a world of meaning both for those on the Darwinian right, and for the haters of the right. Basically, HBD means that the races and the sexes are biologically different, and that biology influences behavior and therefore society.]
But these Christians are worldly, that is, more influenced by the beliefs of the world than biblical teaching. The Bible endorses commonsense observations about human differences, and the obvious implication is that God made people to be different. Equally human, yes, but biologically different. It also seems clear that minor variations in human populations have arisen from Darwinian processes, such as changes in skin pigmentation in response to the amount of sunlight present in the regions where the populations lived. Belief in Darwinian evolution is not necessary for the dissident right, and therefore Bible-believing Christians such as yours truly can be dissident rightists in good standing.