Friday, March 06, 2009

BBC: Darwin's Dangerous Idea (Andrew Marr)

BBC iPlayer has Andrew Marr's Darwin's Dangerous Idea:
(available for UK til March 26th)

Summary: "He argues that Darwin's theory has transformed our understanding of what it means to be human. Over the last 150 years, Darwin's ideas have challenged the need for a creator, undermined religious authority, and provided new ways of looking at the origins of human morality."

Andrew Marr's offers a sympathetic history of the effects of Darwin's ideas in this first of three programmes.

Darwin's logic shows he had understood Christianity as a human system of thought devised for human advantage, rather than sourced from divine origin and humbling us, and thus argued his science.

Darwin's observations made about the brutality of the world are worth comparing with CS Lewis' answers in De Futilitate which would suggest missteps in Darwin's argument.

Marr concludes:
"Man is the great truth-seeking primate, Darwin has given us a great truth.  And there is no going back"