Creation the Movie: The Humanity of Charles Darwin
Two nights ago Hillary and I watched the movie Creation which stars Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connolly as his wife. The movie chronicles Darwin’s struggle to reconcile science, the religion of his wife and the death of his daughter. Regardless of who we are, our experiences shape our beliefs and the same is true with Darwin. Creation shows how Darwin struggled with the religion he was raised to believe in the midst of his daughter’s declining health. Interestingly, Darwin initially went to Cambridge to become an Anglican clergyman. After his daughter’s death, Darwin found it hard to believe in a God that would allow this horrific event to happen.
The other struggle that this movie portrays is the growing distance between Darwin and his wife who is devoted to Christianity. Throughout most of the movie, it seems as though their opposing views on religion are what separates them. Near the end, in an emotional charged scene of reconciliation, we find out that it is not their religion or lack thereof, that separates them but the fact that they each can’t forgive themselves for their daughter’s death.
I would definitely recommend this movie to those who seek to understand the views of Charles Darwin. I know that some of you cringe at the idea of watching a movie about Darwin but I think it is wise to read books and watch movies that have views that differ from our own. Some close themselves off from outside views and beliefs. If you believe your ideas are right, then what are you scared of?