Last week I saw the movie, The Voyage that Shook the World. It is more of a documentary then a movie as it is a biographical look at the life of Charles Darwin, author of “The Origin of the Species”. The main point of the film was to consider the influences and events which shaped Darwin’s ideas. No scientist comes to a research task completely objectively. All of us have preconceived ideas which will influence the way we look at data. Even Christian scientists will look for evidence to support their views. The voyage Darwin took when he was in his early twenties greatly impacted his views. However his grandparents and other background influences were already leading him towards the theory of evolution.
For me one of the most interesting insights was the fact that three of Darwin’s ten children died in childhood and this apparently had a major effect on Darwin. He struggled with a God who would allow such tragedies. So developing an explanation of creation that didn’t require a Creator was attractive to Darwin.
To be struggling with grief and loss and have no explanation is overwhelming. It gives us such a sense of security if we can explain why things happen. Many Christians struggle with this issue too, it requires that we acknowledge we are not in control of our own destiny and that God does not always gives us explanations. However if we have developed a relationship with God we can trust God’s character and that, in the final analysis, is enough.
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