The 150-year-old debate over whether or not creationism or evolution should be taught in US schools has engaged many lawmakers, teachers, students and parents alike in continuous discussions.
"Questioning Darwin" not only takes an in-depth look at the modern-day creationist theory embraced by those who reject evolution, but also examines how Charles Darwin’s findings and theory of natural selection that he documented in his "On the Origin of Species" (1859) impacted his own conception of God.
"As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected. From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form." (Darwin 1859, p 5)
Darwin concludes with a case for common descent writing that "Therefore I should infer from analogy that probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed." (Darwin 1859, p 490)
Tune in and watch "Questioning Darwin", which airs Monday, February 10th at 9pm on HBO, and let Director Antony Thomas (HBO’s “For Neda”) offer a fascinating examination of a century-long debate that has only intensified with the rise of evangelical Christianity in the United States.
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