Friday, May 25, 2007


Universal Pictures' 1954 smash hit "Creature From The Black Lagoon" may have been the first commercial film to depict or refer to theistic evolution; i.e. that God created the universe via the Big Bang and evolution.

It opens with the narrator speaking the words of Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Then, Ka-BLAM! an explosion of epic proportions takes place in empty space and the residual gases swiftly coalesce into stars and planets. Our attention is focused on planet earth, of course, and peculiar fishy footprints are found on the beach, leading up from the waters' edge. These footprints, presumably, belong to an ancestor of the eponymous creature.
Earlier films referred to evolution, but I'm fairly certain that Creature was the first to put the tool in God's hands.
If anyone here remembers an earlier film that does this, let me know.
Oh yes, about the heading. Does anyone remember the three-note Creature theme?

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