Sir David Attenborough

January 30th, 2009 • Posted in Random Stuff |

Sir David Attenborough is a bit of a hero of mine, and I think he’s one of the few people in the public eye who thoroughly deserves all the praise heaped upon him.  He’s utterly passionate about nature and his role in revealing it to the viewers of his many, many fine TV programmes.  He’s opened people’s eyes to the wonderful, varied, exotic, stupendous natural world around them, and he’s also campaigned tirelessly for the environment.

But he gets hate mail.

You know who from?

Fundamentalist Christians who ‘hate’ him for not crediting God in his nature programmes.  He dares to mention the E word instead (that’s Evolution to most of us).  It shouldn’t surprise me – it doesn’t surprise me that there are such narrow-minded and vindictive fools around – but it does sadden me.

We live in a wonderful world, but it only takes a minority to taint that wonder.

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4 comments on “Sir David Attenborough”

  1. James Robert Smith says:

    Ah, the christian fundies. You can always count on them for pure freaking evil.

  2. Tim Lebbon says:

    Yes, he was great. The programme was informative, objective (maybe some of these fundamentalist types can try to appreciate that) and actually rather wonderful.

  3. Anderson White says:

    I am a Christian, and do not believe in evolution in the way it’s currently explained by folks like Sir David. That doesn’t, however, mean that i don’t LOVE the work he does on various nature documentaries. I don’t fault him in the least for expounding on his views about evolution and its part in nature, but I would think, being such a man of science, which should necessarily mean he’s got a very open mind, that he might mention that others, who don’t share his particular point of view, credit God or “intelligent design” for some of what he sees in his many travels and documentaries.

    Please don’t think that all Christians are close-minded people. Sometimes, they (we) would just like the “scientists” to acknowledge that we have a point of view as well.

  4. Tim Lebbon says:

    Hi Anderson … many thanks for posting your comment here. I certainly don’t believe that all Christians are close-minded people, but in this case, as in many, it’s the extreme minority that made themselves heard.

    Actually in the Darwin programme, Attenborough did mention intelligent design, and he actually read an extract from Genesis before going on to talk about Darwin’s journey, and his theory of evolution by natural selection.

    Attenborough is a man of science who believes, as I do, that Darwin’s theory encapsulates the beautiful and elegant truth. There are many creation myths from a wide variety of religions – the Christian creation myth being the most widely believed – and acknowledging each one in a science programme is just not feasible.

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