This Youtube link comes from a Futurama episode, Clockwork Origin. (The full episode is on Netflix if you want to get the full experience-I highly recommend it.) In this episode, scientist Farnsworth challenges a fellow scientist, Dr.Banjo on the realities of evolution; Farnsworth presents all this evidence supporting evolution, but Dr. Banjo focuses on the one missing link in the chain. Even after proving the existence of the final link, this Dr.Banjo still supports creationism over evolution. In a fit of frustration. Dr. Farnsworth leaves the planets, settling on a deserted planet with toxic water. Over the course of a few days, Farnsworth’s nanobots, designed to purify the water, begin to evolve themselves and eventually take on human, robotic form (with reason and speech). When Farnsworth presents himself as their creator, the robots reject the notion in favor of evolution.
Picture Credit: Internet (pulled from the actual episode)
Futurama offers a very unique (and humorous) position on the controversy of this ongoing debate between creation and evolution; it also contains some contradictions. Dr.Banjo accepts evolution because of the robot evolution evidence and Farnsworth acknowledges a creator after being a creator himself, seeing the ability for creation and evolution to exist side-by-side. In the case of the modern world, we don’t have an easy example to prove a creator; scientist still reject the idea of a creator and some Christians still reject evolution.
In my opinion we should approach the Bible with a critical approach, as suggested in “Dei Verbum”. When understanding the first chapters of the Bible, we shouldn’t take the information literally, we need to consider the conditions and current understandings of the human authors. At the creation of the Bible, human authors had little knowledge of the scientific nature of the world. It was only until more modern times that humans could understand the complexities in the universe.
Question for Discussion:
Is it possible to believe both creation and evolution when the Bible clearly states that humans were created in seven days? If God (the Creator) were to appear in modern times would people believe Him or would they reject Him just like the robots with Farnsworth?