Saturday, May 16, 2009

Did Darwin Kill God?

There are some who believe that Darwin's theory of evolution has weakened religion, fuelled in part by Richard Dawkins' publishing phenomenon The God Delusion. Conor Cunningham argues that nothing could be further from the truth. Cunningham is a firm believer in the theory of evolution, but he is also a Christian. He believes that the clash between Darwin and God has been hijacked by extremists - fundamentalist believers who reject evolution on one side, and fundamentalist atheists on the other.

Cunningham attempts to overturn what he believes are widely held but mistaken assumptions in the debate between religion and evolution. He travels to the Middle East where he shows that from the very outset, Christianity warned against literal readings of the biblical story of creation. In Britain, he reveals that, at the time, Darwin's theory of evolution was welcomed by the Anglican and Catholic Churches.

Instead, he argues that the conflict between Darwin and God was manufactured by American creationists in the 20th century for reasons that had very little to do with science and religion and a great deal to do with politics and morality. Finally, he comes face to face with some of the most eminent evolutionary biologists, geneticists and philosophers of our time to examine whether the very latest advances in evolutionary theory do in fact kill God.


Anonymous said...

Great one!
Thanks for posting it :o)

Anonymous said...

"god is existance itself"

the 'real' christianity they speak of in this documentary seems so watered down it sounds like pantheism.

Anonymous said...

If you believe some Jew was born in The Lebanese desert 2000 years ago to a virgen. The son of an evil omnipotent God, died and was resurrected then you are delusional. Certainly not a scientist

Anonymous said...

Evolution does not attempt to or can disprove the existance of a god as it can neither be proved nor disproved. But evolution disvalues relgion in that since evolution occurs independently there is no need for a god. This person already has an unchangable preconceived idea in the existance of god and the bibles "current" teachings. And if the bible is too be intrpreted metaphorically what possible "moral teaching" can one gain from the story of Lot who offers up his own daughers to be raped by the mob instead of the angels? Science is not at war is religion but is opening peoples eyes to knowledge and rational thought. I urge you to truly educate yourself about this and gain a more complete awareness without bias. Also good above comment (may 24).

jack said...

"fundamentalist athiests"? athiesm is not a belief, it is a lack of belief. you can't be a fundamentalist in something you don't believe in.