David Attenborough Champions Darwinism

I particularly like the line about there being more evidence for evolution than there was for William the Conqueror.

It’s also highly reassuring to hear this unconditional, pro-evolution line coming from the world’s preeminent natural historian. When Richard Dawkins rails against creationism and slams belief he does so out of a political agenda; not so David Attenborough.

I would disagree however with his analysis that the Book of Genesis has led to deforestation, global warming and environmental disaster:

Sir David, 82, said the devastation of the environment has its roots in the first words that God supposedly uttered to humankind, as detailed in Genesis 1:28: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

An atheist raised in an academic, non-religious family, Sir David said Genesis peddled untruths about how animals and plants appeared on earth and was also at the root of why there was now serious environmental degradation due to the greedy overexploitation of the earth’s natural resources.

“The influence of the Book of Genesis, which says the Lord God said ‘go forth and multiply’ to Adam and Eve and ‘the natural world is there for you to dominate’, [is that] you have dominion over the animals and plants of the world,” Sir David said.

“That basic notion, that the world is there for us and if it doesn’t actually serve our purposes, it’s dispensable, that has produced the devastation of vast areas of the land’s surface.

I would say this may have been a justification for the abuse of the environment and of animal life during the industrial revolution – not so now. It would be an interesting point to investigate further, but I suspect that even though modern capitalism and its inexhaustible need to raid natural resources (because they until now have been the cheapest option on the balance sheet) to replenish itself may have had its philosophical origins here, what drives the exploitation of resources and environmental degradation is the system feeding on itself. Corporations for example used to be time- and function-limited organisations but grew into the all-devouring, unstable institutions we know today; capitalism has also evolved into something quite different. The guiding philosophy up to the economic collapse of last year was the maximisation of profit – all other considerations were secondary, and it became an end in itself.

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4 responses to “David Attenborough Champions Darwinism

  1. curiouslyinspired

    Hi. I thought I heard David Attenborough say he believed in god during his appearance on Breakfast the other day. Was surprised to hear this, I assumed he was an atheist, and you mention here he came from an atheist family.

  2. I remember him being asked whether he believed in god bout 10 years ago. In his answer he recollected how, when in Africa, he had met a young boy in a remote village. When speaking to the boy he noticed something unusual about one of the child’s eyes. On looking more closely he noticed an unexpected movement within the eye and realized that it was being slowly devoured by a parasite. He said that it was at this point that he decided that he could not reconcile what he sees around him in this world with a loving creator god.

  3. David Attenborough is extremely talented in his presentaion of documentary’s, however his theory of evolution, thats right theory as that is what it is, regardless of what he and peopl choose to believe it is based on theory and not fact or evidence, how one man can say that a worm boring through the eye of a boy that sends him blind is proof of evolution simply because he chooses not to except that an all loving creater wouldnt be all loving to make something like that, for a start the bible doesnt call god all loving, he only loves those that want to do what is right in his eyes, to be all lovin would indicate no justice as this would mean the wicked would always go unpunished, and the way god deals with a wicked person is simply put him out of existence, the bible calls god the god of love not all loving, which simply means those that are willing to subject themselves to his direction will be greatly loved by him. as in case of the boring worm is the same case of the sand fly or mosquitoes that love feding of us and animals, that is not what god intended to happen but this is what is the resault of mans rebellion against god, we are now living at the time when the creator promises man in revelation 11:18 that he is going to bring to ruine those ruining the earth! a phrophecy that was written for our time 2 thousand years ago, and as a result of that millions will survive and get to experiance the healing of the ecosystem that man has ruined as well as experiance perfect health, but that will result only in the goverment under the creators control, in the meantime the floods and earthquakes that mankind is experiance can serve as a wake up call to those that discern what happening, as for the rest of human society that chooses to ignore these signs including pretending that god is some form of diety or evolution or simply chooses to not believe in his existance is in a very dangerous situation that if the attitude continues could well result in the loss of there lives, and what a shame that would be simply because they choose to beleive a man [Charles Darwin] thoughts that he himself eventually rejected that gave birth to Evolution, and just one more thing, that many scientists that once wrote books about evolution that hit our school library’s speaking about evolution as if fact, themselves nolonger believe in evolution! imagine that they now choose to beleive in Intelligent Design as a result of technology that has now proven that cells carry information which blows evolution out of the window as many other facters do, however under the American laws no credit or recognition of there findings is allowed to be published as proof or credited to a christian god or powerful creater, there only aloud to use the term Intelligent design, isnt that amazing! who do you thing is responcible for that, read Revelation ch,12 and 2corinthians ch, 4 v1,4 ignorance is bliss many say? and no doubt someone will try to undermind with a comment below mine about evolution being a fact, but if you choose to beleive that is your right, but remember the bible says God is not a person to be mocked for what a man sows this he will also reap.

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