Charles Darwin Dangerous Idea

Episode 1: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Jonathan Sarfati

CMI’s response to PBS-TV series Evolution

The two-hour premier episode of the PBS/Nova series Evolution tries to set the tone for this propaganda effort. Much of it involves a dramatization of the life of Charles Darwin (1809–1882), interspersed with alleged evidence for evolution and against creation. Of course, they provide no space to scientific criticisms, giving the impression that there is only ‘religious’ criticism of evolution. They also ignore the rabidly atheistic faith of many of evolution’s proponents, including many of those involved in the series, e.g. Daniel Dennett, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O. Wilson and Eugenie Scott (see also A Who's Who of evolutionists). To try to deflect the charge that the series is anti-Christian they try to pretend that evolution and ‘religion’ are compatible, with the aid of compromising churchians who deliberately overlook many key points of conflict.

To avoid the impression that this was one-sided propaganda, they claim that the Discovery Institute, part of the Intelligent Design Movement, was invited for ‘balance’. But the Discovery Institute pointed out that they declined because they would have been slotted in to the ‘religious’ objections sections whereas their objections to evolution are purely scientific. Our website also features on Episode 7: ‘What about God?’ but again the scientific objections were not shown.

Frog and human digit developmentIt opens with a drama of Darwin and starts with Darwin’s voyage on HMS Beagle. Darwin introduces himself and Captain FitzRoy in broken Spanish to villagers in South America. They lead him to the skull of an extinct ground sloth, and this conversation occurs:

Darwin: I wonder why these creatures no longer exist.

FitzRoy: Perhaps the Ark was too small to allow them entry and they perished in the Flood.

D: [laughs]

F: What is there to laugh at?

D: Nothing, nothing.

F: Do you mock me or the Bible?

D: Neither.

F: What sort of clergyman will you be, Mr Darwin?

D: Dreadful, dreadful.

Then the drama moves to a scene on the Beagle, where Capt. FitzRoy was reading from Genesis 1, and Darwin was below deck rolling his eyes.

There we have it—the alleged struggle between science and ‘fundamentalist’ religion. Of course, the representative of ‘fundamentalism’, Captain FitzRoy, is made to spout a silly straw man argument. Nowhere in the series is there any hint that there could be any scientific objections to evolution.

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But Charles Darwin was a clergyman

by Helen_Back

Of the Church of England (so he would have used what you refer to as the King James version of the Bible). He received his bachelor's degree in Theology from Christ College, in 1831. His most influential Science teachers were also clergymen.
I think Religion should be taught in public schools, but perhaps not in a way you would agree to. I would like for all children to know about all religions equally. To understand the basic tenets and philosophy of each and to have that knowledge in hand when they decide which religion they'd like to adhere to as an adult.

Hotbed of biodiversity: Fascinating images of wildlife from the Galapagos Islands

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Located 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, this remote volcanic archipelago is famous as the birthplace of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.


Charles Darwin and Atoll?

I mean did Darwin go to maldives. The word atoll comes from the maldivian word atholhu

Darwin visited the Maldive Islands during his five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. In 1842, he published his theory of subsidence to explain the growth of coral atolls - "The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs."
page two of this book he states, "As the reef of a lagoon-island generally supports many separate small islands, the word 'island,' applied to the whole, is often the cause of confusion; hence I have invariably used in this volume the term 'atoll,' which is the name given to these circular groups of coral islets by their inhabitants in the Indian Ocean, and is…

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Charles darwin project help?

I need to know where charles darwins books were published and what the date was please help

A lot of his research took place on the galapagos islands

Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist[I] who realised that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, and published compelling supporting evidence of this in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species in which he presented his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.[1][2] The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in…

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