The Darwin Debates

February 8, 2009

Born 200 years ago, Charles Darwin was a revolutionary figure, and yet polls show that more than half of all Americans still don't accept his theory of evolution. So, is Darwinian evolution compatible with faith in God? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, what Darwin himself thought. And we'll hear from atheists Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, as well as the leading historian of creationism.

  1. Daniel Dennett on Darwin's Theory of Evolution

    Daniel Dennett is one of the leading advocates of evolutionary theory and a fierce critic of creationism.

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  2. Randy Olson on "Flock of Dodos"

    Film-maker Randy Olson ("Flock of Dodos" from which we hear several clips) is also an evolutionary biologist, but he tells Jim Fleming why his film ridicules the arrogance of scientists and the many contradictions of the intelligent design movement.

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  3. Steve Paulson on Darwin

    Steve Paulson talks with some leading Darwin experts and goes to see Darwin's letters at Cambridge University in England to try to get at Darwin's views on God.

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  4. Richard Dawkins on the Intelligent Design Movement

    Richard Dawkins, a prominent biologist and outspoken atheist, talks with Steve Paulson. Dawkins is the author of "The God Delusion" and a frequent foil for the intelligent design movement.

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  5. Ron Numbers on the History of Creationism

    Historian Ron Numbers talks with Steve Paulson. Numbers was once an ardent creationist and is the author of "The Creationists," the definitive history of the anti-evolutionist movement.

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  6. Elisabet Sahtouris on "Earthdance: Living Systems in Evolution"

    Biologist Elisabet Sahtouris left her teaching job to go live on a Greek island and re-think her life as a scientist.

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