Did Darwin Kill God?

Discussed Feb. 5 in Wascana Fellowship.

In the BBC documentary Did Darwin Kill God? Colin Cunningham tries to show that there are points of view about the Theory of Evolution all along the spectrum between Fundamentalist Biblical Literalism and Evolution-based Atheism.

I highly recommend taking the time to see online it at the link above. He corrects many historical inaccuracies many of us have taken as truth. For instance, Charles Darwin did not become an atheist because of evolution. Nor did he ever recant either evolution or atheism at the end of his life. He did not, however, push atheism as a result of evolution.

What is most surprising is that we are sometimes given the impression that Darwin’s theory diminished faith in God by degrading the Bible’s literal account of Genesis. Not only was faith in Britain greater after Darwin’s theory was popularized, it was hailed by the Anglican clergy of his day as a great accomplishment of science.

Only on the fringes of Christianity was there a conflict between Darwin and faith.

He also interviews scholars who state that the Christian church, as a whole, never did read Genesis 1 as a literal account until well into the Protestant Reformation. It was traditionally considered to be using the literary style of myth to convey deeper truths about humanity’s place in God’s eyes and in the universe.

Did Darwin Kill God? You might be surprised. You’ll gain valuable perspective on the modern Creation-Evolution debate and how we got here.


About John Valade

I facilitate and teach in Wascana Fellowship. I have been married to Wanda since 1984. M.Div. from Briercrest Seminary, SK in 2011 and B.R.E. Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University College) in 2000.
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