Monogenism


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Monogenism

 

the doctrine in anthropology which asserts that mankind has a single origin and that all the human races are related to one another by blood kinship.

According to monogenism, contemporary mankind has one species (Homo sapiens), and the human races are intraspecific subdivisions that formed as a result of modern man’s settling in various areas of the world. Monogenism is confirmed by a multitude of anthropological facts and above all by the fact that all the human races yield fertile offspring when mixed.

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Although only an occasional participant in the discussion of 1847, his staunch monogenism contradicted an early revulsion for blacks.
In Chapter four ("Monogenism and Pologyenism") in The Equality of the Human Races, Firmin like Diop rejects the theory of polygenism (141) but instead embraces the principle of monogenism as a theory explaining the origin of humanity; he offers additional historical and textual evidence from Roman literature supporting the long-standing tradition of the classical records which identify the people of Ethiopia as Black, and that the Egyptians were the direct descendants of the Ethiopians.
I would now be willing to agree with Welch that my grounds for asserting the presence of consensus on the doctrine of monogenism prior to Vatican I are open to question, but here my point is that the "former consensus" to which I referred on page 105 was the "consensus among Catholic bishops and theologians" on page 104.
Punctiliar monogenism would imagine an historical individual Adam, who in one moment was endowed with spiritual life, and who alone sinned.