Politics and Religion

Conversations Beyond Science and Religion

Philip Comella

Conversations Beyond Science and Religion – Missing Links in Evolution and Creationism

Apes or an almighty God? Where did we come from? And are these the only two choices? Modern scientists search for the missing link because Darwin’s theory of evolution predicts smooth, gradual transitions between species. Those who highlight the absence of transitional forms often wind up promoting the contrary viewpoint of creationism, which holds that God created the species in one fell swoop. But creationism has its own missing logical links including, in particular, how God performed this feat and whether God itself is immune from evolution. On this show, host Philip Mereton talks with Jonathan Maxwell, author of, Piltdown Man and other Hoaxes: A Book about Lies, Legends, and the Search for the Missing Link, about the flaws in both evolution and creationism, and why life’s origin remains perhaps our greatest mystery.