The Disco. ‘Stute is upset. Not only has disco been overtaken by that rap music, but you can’t even hear the good stuff any more. Also, no one returns their phone calls.
Ray Comfort, author of the Amazon.com?s best seller, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think ? is offering $20,000 to Richard Dawkins (probably the world?s most famous atheist) simply for Dawkins to appear in a public debate on the issue of the beginnings of the universe with him. However, it seems Prof Dawkins would rather keep his tirades against God to his website and circle of atheist fans. Dawkins first claimed he will not join the debate as it would only give ?credibility to the opponents? and again that as far as the origin of the Universe is concerned, ?the debate is over?.
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Richard Dawkins, the world?s leading public spokesman for Darwinian evolution and an advocate of the ?new atheism,? has refused to debate Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, a prominent advocate of intelligent design and the author of the acclaimed Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.
?Richard Dawkins claims that the appearance of design in biology is an illusion and claims to have refuted the case for intelligent design,? says Dr. Meyer who received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge in England.
?But Dawkins assiduously avoids addressing the key evidence for intelligent design and won?t debate its leading proponents,? adds Dr. Meyer.
The rules are like those for a prize sporting event: winner takes all. The evolutionist contestant puts $10,000 in escrow. This will be matched by a creation scientist for a total of $20,000. If the evolutionist proves evolution is science and creation is religion, he wins the $20,000. If the creation scientist proves that creation is science and evolution is religion, then the creationist collects the $20,000. The standards of evidence will be those of science: objectivity, validity, reliability and calibration. The preponderance of the evidence prevails.
And in fairness to the comparison, as many complex scientific questions have been resolved via debates on stage as have been resolved via prize sporting events.
Never fear, though, Smith/Meyer. You have a way before your list even gets as long as the Priest/Mastropaolo’s “Debate Dodgers” (as of 2003):
1. Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, Science Professor, Tennessee University.
A nice list to be on.