The BBC is getting excited about Darwin’s 200th birthday with a whole series of programmes on Darwin and evolution. Although a national broadcaster, there doesn’t seem much attempt at balance, preferring for instance to talk about creationists rather than talk to creationists (again – intelligent design is lumped in with creationism). This was the case with the Beyond Belief programme broadcast last night on BBC radio 4 (5th Jan 2009 16:30pm) Beyond Belief in which three Darwinists were brought on from Judaism, Islam and Christianity to tell us what they think creationists and intelligent design supporters believe.
Alister McGrath spoke for the Christian faith, informing us that Protestant Christian creationists were in a sort of holy huddle mentality afraid of the light of the Darwinists and circling with their wagons. Other Christians, he commented, were in a state of disbelief that such people might still exist. Much as I respect and like Alister, and have valued some of his books, this programme did come across as ever so slightly pompous. If the BBC want to know what creationists and IDers believe then why not ask them straight, instead of talking about them and treating them as some sort of laboratory rats to be examined by sociologists.
So why the continued rejection of Darwinism? Can it possibly be that some have actually looked behind the Darwinian curtain, examined the evidence in depth, and found little to get excited about? The Darwinists have got it so ingrained into their minds that we are stupid and mentally weak that they fail to see that their own position is built on a mutually supporting, back-slapping, paradigm with no pressure to test the evidence in depth. Instead Darwin’s theory looks like the small Wizard of Oz – a small guy with a big megaphone and lots of pretence. In other words, there is some truth in Darwinian claims, but Darwinism is not a universal explanation, instead it is limited in scope. It would be nice for the Darwinists to acknowledge that creationists and intelligent design supporters have principled and well thought through objections to Darwin’s theory based on logic and evidence.
Undoubtedly those of us living in the UK can expect more of the same patronising programming from the BBC over coming weeks as they fall over themselves to try and indoctrinate the doubters into the Darwin religion. But hardened Darwin doubters will no doubt see through the same old rhetoric.
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