According to Encyclopedia Britannica, a caste social structure is "any of the ranked, hereditary, endogamous social groups, often linked with occupation, that together constitute traditional societies in South Asia, particularly among Hindus in India" (//link). The article goes on to suggest that "Although sometimes used to designate similar groups in other societies, the “caste system” is uniquely developed in Hindu societies."
If I understand it correctly, certain characteristics identify how each class is to be socially ranked into each occupational category. And, once a social group is identified to be of a certain "caste," mutual exclusion is then practiced as a cultural norm in matters large and small in everyday life, matters all the way from eating to marrying to working to dying. The value of one's life is determined by the "caste" of one's life.
Given this specific description, it seems to socially follow that "apartheid" as it was thoroughly embraced in South Africa as well as "segregation" as it was widely practiced in the United States up until the Civil Rights Movement began to openly challenge it, qualify as at least a similar social construct to the "caste system" of South Asia. So, by comparison, it seems we may reasonably infer a similar deviant social construct existed in America's past as it existed (and still exists in some cases) in other cultural platforms.
Thanks be to God and our loving Heavenly Father racial segregation remains only a relic in our social past, not a reality in our social future!
Keeping in mind the "caste" ideology for the moment, is it too much to extend the social metaphor of the "caste" classification we observe in South Asia, South Africa, and formerly in the United States beyond societal categories to a theological metaphor of "caste" classification? Quite honestly, I've never entertained the idea. I did, however, run across at least one critic of Calvinism who does entertain the notion.
Dr. Michael Cox, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Pryor, OK authored a book entitled Not One Little Child: A Biblical Critique of Calvinism (CrossBooks Publishing, 2009. $28.95). In Appendix B (p.107), Cox included a comparison chart suggesting an ideological affinity between a racial "caste" construct, the traditional Hindu "caste" construct, and a novel Calvinistic "caste" construct he apparently infers from the socio-religious construct.
Below Dr. Cox's comparison chart is reproduced. Do you think Cox's theo-social comparison construct is justified in at least some significant way(s), or is Cox's comparison entirely unjustified because it over extends the social metaphor of "caste" classification--not to mention whether his inference from social "caste" construct to theological "caste" construct is reasonably warranted?