I just went to a free screening of the new film Creation, a biopic about the life of Charles Darwin. The film was great. It presents a good amount of evidence for evolution and puts the conflict between Darwin and religion front and center without presenting the typical kind of trite Hollywood “maybe they’re both right” position. It comes down pretty hard on religion but at the same time won’t alienate general audiences. The film is very dramatic and emotional. I recommend it to everyone.
Another added bonus to the free screening was a Q &A session that followed, which included the film’s director and the author of the book it was based on, Randal Keynes. Now what’s interesting about Randal Keynes is that he is in fact a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin. How fucking cool is that? He’s actually descended from Darwin’s youngest son who also appears in the film. Now I’ve previously met Matthew Chapman, another great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin who is also doing his part to honor the family name.
And the last cool thing about the screening was that I either knew or was known by over a dozen people in the audience. There was even a guy who remembered me in attendence at the Way of the Master vs. Rational Response Squad Nightline debate two years ago.
All in all, a great night.