Evolution: God’s Game
A documentary that takes Deistic approach on defining evolution as just one of the tools in the God’s repository. As if most of the people failed to understand Darwin’s message and there is nothing in “On the Origins of Species” that denies the supernatural. In the mid-19th century, science and religion were quite intermingled. The uncomfortable notion, that we share common ancestor with the modern African apes brought in a deep emotional reaction in the society of the day, not surprisingly.
At a time when people believed the Earth was about 6000 years old instead of 5 billion, the evolutionary proposal called for a sudden revision of too many beliefs. Some religious concepts were forced to change, to evolve.
As a result, the first week described in the book of Genesis necessarily came to be understood as a poetic description and not factual events of what actually took place over millions of weeks. This small intellectual move was actually a giant step for the thinkers of 1859. In fact, the theory of evolution continues to be unacceptable within several belief systems, especially in so-called creationist thought. Perhaps from the perspective of these people, the mechanism proposed by Darwin is understood as a tool for rendering the existence of God unnecessary.
Through genetics, scientific reality has shown that we share not only common ancestor with gorillas and chimpanzees. Mammals and birds come from reptiles, which along with amphibians, come from fish. And so forth, continuing back in time, we come to the single-cell organism. We are the direct descendants of one of these cells, the father of all humanity, the most primitive version of Adam.
After thousands of years of civilization and 150 years of digesting Darwin’s ideas, we shouldn’t be afraid to question ourselves. No faith should feel attacked when scientific answers are being sought. After all, we are Homo quaerens, the being who wonders about everything. And more than anyone else, religious individuals should accept that we were created like that, that is, very, very curious.