"Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals ... teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate.”
Chalk up another case for teaching people the difference between science (evolution) and philosophy (the difference between humans and animals). The theory of evolution does nothing one way or the other to the concept of having a soul: it says nothing whatsoever on this point. However, the philosophy that came from it claims that since man descended from the beasts, he must be no greater than the beasts.
This is a tragic philosophy, which arguably allows for the justification of such atrocities as abortion and euthanasia. After all, it follows that if man is no different than other animals, then he can have no soul; if if man has no soul, then neither can a fetus. Should a fetus have no soul, then a just case could be made for its termination: being not yet developed physically as a human (until later stages), the argument could be made that the fetus is not human. Yes, there are arguments against abortion from libertarian and even atheistic stands, but they are mere arguments of logic that can be defeated by other, similar arguments; the philosophical argument that hinges upon the existence of a soul is alone invincible. Certainly, no qualm could be had about aborting an embryo, especially for the purpose of harvesting stem cells that could potentially cure diseases. Neither could a reasonable case ultimately be made to keep an infirm person alive and in a state of pain.
It is the possession of the soul that ultimately makes these things wrong. For this possession of a soul means that we are created in the image of God Himself. And this possession of a soul with a physical body is nothing short of an adumbration of the Hypostatic Union. Just as Jesus Christ was both fully God and fully human, we are fully beast and fully astral. That is, we as humans posses two natures, one that is our animal nature, our physical, mortal bodies and one that that is spiritual, our immortal and everlasting souls.
Evolution, when used alone as a scientific theory, poses no real threat to Christianity or Biblical principles. It is the bastardized and secularized philosophy that is formed from it that poses a true threat. And this threat is truly a great one, leading in it many forms to all of the greatest atrocities of our time and many from past times: abortion, euthanasia, the gulags and concentration camps, the holocaust, slavery, and even to an extent moral relativism. These all require that the victim be reduced to an inhuman status: one without a soul. This is exactly what the secularixed evolutionary philosophy does to people.