David Attenborough who has screened natural history films for over 50 years – screened episode one of his new series “First Life” on the BBC last night. It is very good but will not make the creationists very happy.
It can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer in some regions. Other areas – outside UK possibly could install “TOR” first to watch it. Maybe wait for the box set instead.
Anyway in the run up to the screening…………
They tell me to “burn in hell and good riddance," says Sir David.
The letters come from fundamentalist Christians who take exception to his own atheism and in particular his views on Darwinism. He says the question his correspondents generally ask him is why he doesn't "give credit" to the Lord for having created such wondrous beauty in nature.
"They mean beautiful things like hummingbirds," says Sir David. "I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator."
Of his own lack of faith, the 82-year-old Sir David tells the latest Radio Times: "It never really occurred to me to believe in God."
I watched this. Thanks to David Atenborough for showing us the wonderful story of evolution. ANyone who denies this after seeing proof with their own eyes are so sad. I have videoed this to keep for my grandson so he can watch it it the future as I believe what Sir David Attenborough is doing is enabling the younger generation to understand nature with all its wonder and also its cruelty.
Strange how some people can be shown proof and deny it yet at the same time surrender their reason to believe other things without any proof. They also miss the dichotomy of the two positions. Will it be shown in Science class in junior schools though ? I will be giving a few box sets out to my younger relations when its available - and keeping one for myself as it that good.
"I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator."