QUESTIONING DARWIN to Premiere 2/10 on HBO
Modern-day Creationists reject the idea that the Earth is billions of years old and that humans are descended from primates, believing instead in the literal interpretation of the Bible, which asserts that God made the world in six days and created Adam and Eve to populate the planet. Directed by Antony Thomas (HBO's Peabody-winning "For Neda"), QUESTIONING DARWIN takes an in-depth look at the views of those who reject Charles Darwin's theory of evolution while chronicling Darwin's own journey as a young man whose beliefs were changed when he experienced the world first-hand. Featuring interviews with people on both sides of the debate, the exclusive HBO presentation debuts MONDAY, FEB. 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), and has an HBO2 encore presentation on International Darwin Day (Darwin's birthday), Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m.).
Other HBO playdates: Feb. 10 (5:25 a.m.), 13 (5:30 p.m.), 16 (11:00 a.m.), 19 (9:30 a.m.) and 22 (3:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Feb. 12 (8:00 p.m.), 21 (10:15 a.m.) and 25 (12:30 p.m.)
Narrated by Brian Protheroe, QUESTIONING DARWIN draws on Darwin's own words, performed by Sam West, and includes comments from a variety of sources, including: Dr. David Menton of the Answers in Genesis Ministry; Dr. Jobe Martin of the Biblical Discipleship Ministries; Ken Ham, CEO of the Creation Museum; Darwin biographer James Moore; Science historian Rebecca Stott; geneticist Steve Jones; and zoologist Aubrey Manning. The film also profiles members of churches throughout the U.S., many whom have undergone extreme hardship, but believe, as one observer declares, "The Lord does not do things without a purpose. Some of the trials we go through will strengthen us and give us wisdom."
English theorist Charles Darwin once intended to be a clergyman. However, during a five-year journey on the HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836, he saw his acceptance of a divine order shattered, whether by a devastating earthquake in Chile, or by the horrors of slavery, and came to question the concept of a world created by a benevolent deity. He explained that he "cannot see, as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world." Nick Spencer, author of "Darwin and God," says that Darwin eventually came to Believe God "may well have designed and ordered creation, but he basically lets it go on its way."
QUESTIONING DARWIN shows how he was torn between his early religious beliefs and the evidence he collected throughout that initial trip and in the following 23 years of research before the 1859 publication of "On the Origin of Species," which challenged Creationism. According to biographer James Moore, after his eldest daughter, Annie, died just before she turned ten, he "no longer felt it possible to Believe in a good, loving Christian God."