6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Every episode is an enjoyable science lesson.
ckollerer from Fremont CA, United States
10 May 2009
First of all... great, informative series! I've learned a lot, enjoying
every minute of the entertaining science lessons portrayed in this
The earlier comment about religion not being represented in the Darwin
episode was a tad myopic. Christianity has been a bane to science since
the Holy Roman Empire. There are just too many examples to cite
(Capernicus, Galileo to start). Let us not revive the Dark Ages.
In simple terms, there is no scientific proof of God. Miracles are
nearly always discredited when put to scientific scrutiny. But this
only means that religion and science don't mix. Religion demands belief
in the absence of proof. Science demands hard, repeatable proofs to
substantiate any theory it will accept as fact.
If the earlier commenter had really paid close attention to the Darwin
episode, he would have recognized a large segment had thrust it into a
surprisingly well-founded defense of Creationism by a religious
scientist who questioned Darwinism with some formidable data to back
his theories. The episode ended with a strong question mark, in my
mind, much as the title does.
Perhaps a more patient re-viewing of the episode is warranted. But
don't expect the conversion of the bulk of the scientific community to
Christianity too soon. They may scratch their heads over "The Origin of
the Species" more though.
The religious right needs to understand that science isn't the enemy of
Christianity. We can co-exist! Science is just a patient explanation of
reality and a problem solving tool, with an emphasis on the latter.
Long-held beliefs in many genres fall to the wayside when confronted
with newer, better proofs of how reality ticks and better tools to
predict and solve more problems.
Should defying reality be a prime concern of the Church? History says
no. The far more important job of saving souls is where men and women
of the cloth should, and do, excel. Science isn't muscling in on their
profession. The two fields are ill-trained and equipped to compete with
the other's respective expertise.
So give the creators, producers and enjoyers of this series a break.
It's just Naked Science. It's a fun learning experience. No need to
make it into another battlefield of us vs. them. It's all us. Enjoy.
And peace be with us!
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