Help me introduce evolution to my parents.
My parents have been moving farther and farther away from their (evangelical Christian) faith. One of the only things they're holding onto anymore is the idea of a Designer, mostly because they don't know of any other way to think about the world. They look at things like humans and trees and think, "How the heck did that get here?" Their understanding of evolution is basically that these things happened by accident, as if one day we didn't have hands and the next day, woo! Opposable thumbs! What a lovely accident! This understanding of evolution makes it seem silly and highly unlikely.
Obviously evolutionary theory is much more complex and elegant than that, but that's not what we've heard all our lives at church. Since I find it to be a startlingly intuitive and beautiful idea, I'd like to share it with them, especially now that they're becoming open to it and are thinking about these sorts of things a lot. I'm not looking to attack the Designer idea, but to enable them to understand evolution before dismissing it (or not).
I saw this thread
, but my parents' science education stopped in high school and that was a few decades ago, so I'm looking for something a bit more accessible. It might be nice (but not required) to have something that addresses the questions of those who have been raised to believe in ID, but is not antagonistic. Is there a particularly clear video series or (short) book that captures the wonder of evolution?
Further caveats: My parents don't read much, and my dad is a trucker, so he's only home about 2 days/week. A video series that they could watch together over a few weekends might be the best. Something like Stephen Hawking's Universe
might be too technical in parts, but has the general tone I'm looking for. Also, websites work great for me, but my mom is totally not going to sit down and read through one.