EVOLUTION (2001) PBS NOVA

Evolution, Show 7: What About God?

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Show 7: What About God?



Of all species, we alone attempt to explain who we are and how we came to be. This final show explores the struggle between science and religion. Through the personal stories of students and teachers, it offers the view that they are compatible.



Chapter 1. Prologue (2:01)

Introduction to the show's theme: the debate between evolution and creationism

* Who participates in this debate?

* What are the stakes?



Chapter 2. Biblical Literalism (6:38)

Biblical literalism and the war against evolution

* Ken Ham, a well-known proponent of Biblical literalism

* The Scopes trial and creationism's victory in the schools

* With the advent of the space race, evolution returned to the classroom



Chapter 3. The Students at Wheaton (13:57)

Students at a conservative Christian college grapple with faith and evolution

* Students confronted by scientific evidence that challenges their beliefs

* A geology student and his family discuss evolution and creationism

* Where do the soul and sin belong in evolution? For Wheaton students, these questions are deeply personal, not theoretical



Chapter 4. Wheaton's Conflict (13:15)

Teaching evolution at a Christian college

* Wheaton students debate allegorical and literal interpretations of Genesis

* Professors must sign a statement of faith, affirming their literal belief in human descent from Adam and Eve

* How Wheaton College approaches evolution



Chapter 5. Trouble at Lafayette High (16:11)

High school teachers and students, caught in the debate between creationism and evolution

* Indiana high school students petition for "special creation" to be added to the science curriculum

* The National Center for Science Education and their defense of evolution education

* Creation science, evolution, and the separation of church and state

* What is science? Creation science avoids the requirements of science



Chapter 6. Return to Wheaton (4:29)

Summary of Wheaton students' thoughts on faith and evolution

* Is studying evolution a threat to students' faith?

* Wheaton College's perspective

* Students' thoughts on living as scientists and Christians

Documentary Description


EVOLUTION (2001)



Series Overview

Evolution determines who lives, who dies, and who passes traits on to the next generation. The process plays a critical role in our daily lives, yet it is one of the most overlooked -- and misunderstood -- concepts ever described.



The Evolution project's eight-hour television miniseries travels the world to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. From the genius and torment of Charles Darwin to the scientific revolution that spawned the tree of life, from the power of sex to drive evolutionary change to the importance of mass extinctions in the birth of new species, the Evolution series brings this fascinating process to life. The series also explores the emergence of consciousness, the origin and success of humans, and the perceived conflict between science and religion in understanding life on Earth.



The Evolution series' goals are to heighten public understanding of evolution and how it works, to dispel common misunderstandings about the process, and to illuminate why it is relevant to all of us.



Evolution Series Show Descriptions




Show 1: Darwin's Dangerous Idea (two-hour)

Why does Charles Darwin's ''dangerous idea'' matter more today than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of Darwin's life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts of evolution.



Show 2: Great Transformations
(one hour)

What underlies the incredible diversity of life on Earth? How have complex life forms evolved? The journey from water to land, the return of land mammals to the sea, and the emergence of humans all suggest that creatures past and present are members of a single tree of life.



Show 3: Extinction! (one hour)

Five mass extinctions have occurred since life began on Earth. Are humans causing the next mass extinction? And what does evolutionary theory predict for the world we will leave to our descendants?



Show 4: The Evolutionary Arms Race
(one hour)

Survival of the fittest: Raw competition? Intense cooperation? Both are essential. Interactions between and within species are among the most powerful evolutionary forces on Earth, and understanding them may be a key to our own survival.



Show 5: Why Sex? (one hour)

In evolutionary terms, sex is more important than life itself. Sex fuels evolutionary change by adding variation to the gene pool. The powerful urge to pass our genes on to the next generation has likely changed the face of human culture in ways we're only beginning to understand.



Show 6: The Mind's Big Bang (one hour)

Fifty thousand years ago, something happened -- the modern human mind emerged, triggering a creative, technological, and social explosion. What forces contributed to that breakthrough? Where might our power of mind ultimately lead us?



Show 7: What About God?
(one hour)

Of all species, we alone attempt to explain who we are and how we came to be. This final show explores the struggle between science and religion. Through the personal stories of students and teachers, it offers the view that they are compatible.



Source: PBS

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