TV tonight: Morgan Freeman, are evolution and religion incompatible?

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman tackles a touchy topic

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WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 —Tonight on “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” the question “did God create evolution?” is asked. Morgan Freeman and his team of scientists challenge viewers to take a stance on the theories of human evolution.

For four seasons now the hit Science Channel show has dared to take on some of society’s most controversial topics, so ending the season with the compatibility of religion and evolution should come as no surprise. The beauty of “Through the Wormhole” is its provocative approach that poses a question then explores both sides without bias.

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The show gives the viewer balanced and objective information about topics that fuel popular debates. Tonight’s episode presents both perspectives by asking some very basic but controversial questions. “Is all life the product of evolution as Charles Darwin proposed or was it the guiding hand of a higher power?”

“Is human morality a sign that life was designed by a moral God? Or did our brains evolve to be that way so we could survive together as a species? Was life created by evolution? By God? Or both?”

A lot of people have probably made up their mind about the topic and will dismiss tonight’s episode of “Through the Wormhole.” But for the rest of us who are trying to find a balance that includes both science and religion, more information from both sides of the debate could be a very good thing.

If we can watch Clint Eastwood debate an empty chair, surely watching his pal Morgan Freeman moderate a discussion on evolution and religion is worthy of our attention. Or we can watch a marathon of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” instead.

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My money is on Morgan Freeman.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Tension builds as Frankie tries to plan a graduation party for uncooperative Axl; Sue tries to get her driver’s license for a sixth time; Brick must assemble a slide show highlighting the past four years of school.

CBS: Big Brother: (New) The Power of Veto competition is held.

FOX: MasterChef: (Repeat) The home cooks compete in the hunger games.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (Repeat) Twelve acts perform at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Oliver asks detective McKenna on a date; a jewel thief named Dodger hits Starling City and targets someone close to Oliver; a pickpocket named Roy Harper steals Thea’s purse; Moira makes a move against Malcolm.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Suburgatory: (Repeat) When Dalia abandons her friends Kimantha, Kenzie and Kaitlyn to hang out with her father’s fiancee, her former pals turn to Lisa and Tessa; George and Dallas take their relationship to the next level.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Things get awkward when Phil shows up at Claire’s college reunion; Jay is fixated on winning a big bowling tournament; a wig malfunction during an elaborate photo shoot with Joe leads to unfortunate results.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) An attendee at a popular motivational-speaker’s conference in Seattle is murdered and the speaker himself disappears soon afterward. Meanwhile, Garcia is puzzled when Morgan refuses to attend a dinner honoring an old family friend.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) The remaining contestants gear up for the second week of live performances from Radio City Music Hall.

Fox: MasterChef: (New) The home cooks complete a tag-team sushi challenge.

CW: Capture: (Repeat) Twelve teams of two enter a high-tech wilderness compound in the series premiere of this reality-competition show in which teams pursue each other and compete for limited resources, with the end goal being $250,000 in prize money.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (Repeat) Larry Bird helps Debbie deal with PTA politics and its officious president, Linda (Nora Dunn); Jackie’s competitive nature kicks in when she helps Marty coach soccer.

10 p.m.

ABC: ABC’s The Lookout: (New) A survival guide to the modern consumer jungle includes ways to maximize value and avoid mistakes.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) The CSIs investigate the murders of several prominent poker players.

NBC: Camp: (New) Camp Little Otter celebrates the spirit of love with a carnival for charity.

PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons: (New) The story of the first long-range rocket, the V-2, including how it laid the foundation for the space race.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

BBQ Crawl at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel

How the Universe Works: Expanded Edition at 9 p.m. on SCI

Million Dollar Listing New York at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo at 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Royal Pains at 9 p.m. on USA

Franklin & Bash at 9 p.m. on TNT

Paranormal Witness at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Love Thy Neighbor at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on OWN

Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Futurama at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

Top Chef Masters at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

The Bridge at 10 p.m. on FX

Top Shot All-Stars at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Southern Fried Homicide at 10 p.m. on ID

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 10 p.m. on SCI

Necessary Roughness at 10 p.m. on USA

Hot in Cleveland at 10 p.m. on TVLAND

The Exes at 10:30 p.m. on TVLAND

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Finding Nemo on ENC

The Scarlet Letter on FLIX

Shrek Forever After on FXM

First Comes Love on HBO

House of 1000 Corpses on IFC

Magnificent Obsession on TCM

Paper Man on TMC

Later tonight:

Wild Orchid at 9 p.m. on MOMAX

Liberal Arts at 9:35 p.m. on SHO

Miracle at 9:45 p.m. on ENC

Tower Heist at 10 p.m. on HBO

Raising Helen at 10 p.m. on STARZ

Imitation of Life at 10 p.m. on TCM

The Help at 10 p.m. on TMC

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