Sir David Attenborough receives creationist hate mail

Broadcaster and conservationist Sir David Attenborough has revealed he receives hate mail from viewers for not crediting God in his nature documentaries.

In an interview in this week’s Radio Times about his latest documentary on Charles Darwin, 82-year-old Attenborough said: “They tell me to burn in hell and good riddance.”

Attenborough, who has been making nature documentaries for over 50 years, also told the magazine: “They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator.”

Attenborough, a strong believer in Darwin and evolution, further explained his opposition to creationism, saying it is “terrible” as an alternative perspective to the evolutionary theory. “It’s like saying that two and two equals four, but if you wish to believe it, it could also be five…Evolution is not a theory; it is a fact, every bit as much as the historical fact that William the Conqueror landed in 1066.

“Darwin revolutionised the way we see the world fundamentally, but his basic proposition is still not taken on board by a lot of people.” Sir David aldo acknowledged that: “it would be a very bold scientist, and certainly not me, who believes it’s the be all and end all.”

Attenborough’s new documentary, Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, is to be broadcast on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 1st February, marking the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. It is also 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, in which outlined his theories of evolution.

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