Origin of Man

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season

This show depicts the history of man pertaining to its evolution throughout hundreds of thousands of years, delving into the ancient past when human beings were first in their most primate-like state, all the way to the Ice Age in which human form was fairly reminiscent of what modern man looks like. The show goes into the different methods man has used for survival over the years. Man has had to fight against some of the biggest and most fierce creatures throughout time, both as a means of defense and food. Later in history man has had to fight against each other.

Origin of Man
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Science, Religion...and Darwin
9. Science, Religion...and Darwin
November 17, 2014
Are we purely material beings that arose out of chance, or are we chose ones that are part of a loving plan to rise above nature? You can study a human being scientifically, but science is not able to capture a human being as a whole. Science and faith work in harmony. They sometimes contradict each other, but here is a way for them to coexist, as they each provide complimentary knowledge. Science says mankind is purely a biological being. Philosophy gives mankind a soul and spiritual capabilities. Only religion can transcend both of these and give mankind his rightful place in the world.
And then there were People
8. And then there were People
November 17, 2014
The apes are the closest animal to humans, but are we genetically related to them? People feel that this theory in evolution has destroyed the ideal of human dignity. Science took away Earth as the center of the universe, and then biology took away the privilege of humanity to have been specially created. It lowered mankind to be a descendant of animals. Science tries to explain mankind but the Catholic Church says it know what mankind really is. Mankind is spiritual, free beings that cannot be interpreted by evolution.
Evolution and Christianity
7. Evolution and Christianity
November 17, 2014
Darwin's Origin of species cause a furor when it was first released, a greater fury arose when Darwin suggested mankind was descended t from apes. This brought great ire and disdain from the church. Despite the furor, in the beginning, many proponents came from within the church that felt Darwin's writings were compatible with Catholic teaching. It is presented that science alone cannot explain the origin of the universe. Science needs metaphysics and the revelation of god's hand in the creation of everything. The final word is that evolution does not harm faith rather it adds to the glory of god.
Are We Here by Chance?
6. Are We Here by Chance?
November 17, 2014
Did mankind emerge just by chance, or were all of the critical components together in the right place at the right time. Perhaps it was divine intention that brought about mankind's existence. Can chance alone explain what has happened since the beginning of the world? We hear from religious leaders who offer their evidence that all of life on earth and the natural order could not have come from simply from chance. There had to be a plan and a divine architect coordinating natural events.
Nothing More than Material?
5. Nothing More than Material?
November 17, 2014
Biological evolution is the source of the great diversity of living beings on earth. Perhaps this inbuilt capacity of evolution is a gift from a divine creator. Religion suggests that everything from the origin of the planet to natural phenomenon is a part of a divine plan. Science is limited by the natural order and cannot currently explain occurrences beyond this order. Because of this, more scientists are coming forth to pair the religious and scientific notions. There is no opposition between provident action and natural selection. To suggest there is a separation between religion and science is a mistake often made by certain ideologues.
From the Big Bang to Planet Earth
4. From the Big Bang to Planet Earth
November 17, 2014
The origin of the universe is a grand mystery that has spanned the ages. People want to know how and why it began...especially life on Earth. There is an agreement that the big bang seems to be a real event, but what came before or what caused the big bang is still in doubt. Amazing elements such as the exact placement of the moon, Earth's orbit from the sun, as well as the magnetic field of Earth are all vital components to support life on earth. Many think these things could not have happened by mere chance. Science may not be enough to explain all of the questions of man's origin. Science, philosophy and religion may need to complement each other to fully realize the wonder of life on Earth.
The Crowning of Homo Sapiens
3. The Crowning of Homo Sapiens
November 17, 2014
When did humans rise, where, and what species did we evolve from? Fossils cannot give us definite answers. To dig deeper, scientists are looking to clues hidden within DNA. There is no doubt that the appearances that define modern man did not appear all at once. They developed over a long period of time. Though the fossil record may suggest there are different species of beings that make up the ancestry of mankind, the DNA record may suggest that humanity may be even older than the fossil records indicate.
The Ancestors of Man
2. The Ancestors of Man
November 17, 2014
Is the human race descendant from earlier species of ape? Paleontologist, Anthropologists and Biologists have defined the characteristics of several different species of hominid and hominoid creatures from Australopithecus to Homo erectus. However, the debate continues whether these creatures should be considered human or not.
Evolution vs Creation
1. Evolution vs Creation
November 17, 2014
We take a brief glimpse into evolution theories explored, including Fixism, Catatrophism, Inherited Traits and Punctuated Equilibrium and how they affected different political and social institutions.
Description

This show depicts the history of man pertaining to its evolution throughout hundreds of thousands of years, delving into the ancient past when human beings were first in their most primate-like state, all the way to the Ice Age in which human form was fairly reminiscent of what modern man looks like. The show goes into the different methods man has used for survival over the years. Man has had to fight against some of the biggest and most fierce creatures throughout time, both as a means of defense and food. Later in history man has had to fight against each other.

  • Premiere Date
    November 17, 2014