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Instant Evolution!?

This morning, I listened to BBC Radio 4’s Midweek programme (10/10/2012, 9 am) with Libby Purves. One of her guests was Jan Beccaloni, the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum (UK). Ms Beccaloni is also the conservation officer for the British Arachnological Society.

The discussion largely centred around such things as flies and scorpions. Libby Purves commented that these kinds of creatures were often found fossilized in amber and that they haven’t changed much over millions of years. Ms Beccaloni, referring specifically to scorpions, replied (and I quote); ‘They were obviously very highly evolved for their habitats initially.’

Now, I’m not claiming to be a six day creationist, nor do I particularly believe that evolution somehow disproves the Christian message. But can some kind person explain to this ageing dunce what Ms Beccaloni’s reply might mean?

The End of God? (BBC4 at 8pm, 10th November, 2011)

As is often the case with modern documentaries on science and religion, this one seemed designed from the outset to try and destroy any remaining faith people may have in a supreme being. Dr Thomas Dixon, the presenter, informed us at the very outset that: ‘in the battle between science and religion, it would seem that science has won the war. Is there any room left for God.?’

Naturally, we were treated to the story of Galileo and his telescope proving the church wrong. His telescope, said Dixon, was ‘more reliable than the bible’. This is because ‘at the heart of scientific knowledge are observation and logic’. Scientists ‘make hypotheses and test them time and again against the evidence’. For poor old faith, there is just ‘revelation – direct communication from God.’ Read more »

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea And the Mission of the Media

Following on from my last post on the Channel 4 documentary Christianity: a History, (subtitled God and the Scientists) I’ve noticed similar arguments resurfacing in various programmes since, most notably in the series Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, presented by Andrew Marr (first episode shown Thursday 4th March, 9pm, BBC2; the programmes being repeated on following Tuesdays BBC2 7pm). In The Victorians (Sunday March 8th, 9pm, BBC1), we were once again given the same arguments (almost word for word) by Jeremy Paxman, when this (otherwise excellent series) reached ‘Darwin’s Dangerous Idea.’ Read more »