The Stanford Daily
Monday January 28, 2008
Night Life Guide
Hitchens knocks intelligent design
Atheist debates creation advocate Jay Richards in Dinkelspiel Auditorium
January 28, 2008
By Shelby Martin
During an animated debate yesterday in a packed Dinkelspiel Auditorium, atheist Christopher Hitchens and intelligent design advocate Jay Richards clashed over the evidence for God’s existence.
“Many people are deeply religious,” he said. “Are they just stupider than you?”“I think I am smarter than most people(?),” Hitchens said, but he added that religion plays an important part in human history.“Religion was our first try at philosophy, it was our first try at epistemology. It’s what we came up with when we didn’t know we lived on a round planet circling the sun.”The event was broadcast by the Church Communication Network to churches around the country. Listeners could send questions via fax or email, and audience members at Stanford could turn in written questions to be answered by the debaters.Richards stated that just as the designers of Mt. Rushmore made the monument very different from the hills around it, “intelligent agents leave markers for their design.”“The existence of a creator God is something we can discern from the world around us,” he concluded.
There is no proof for evolution. It has to be believed, therefore it's a faith, therefore it's a religion! So they're teaching a new compulsory religion in today's hallowed halls of higher learning.
Even the great high priest and founding father of this new false faith, Charles Darwin himself, confessed that "the belief (note the emphasis on belief) in natural selection (evolution) must at present be grounded entirely on general considerations.
Does biological evolution exist? The surprising answer is yes! However, the type of evolution that is evident is not the evolution that is so commonly taught as fact today.There are two categories of evolution: One is called microevolution and the other macroevolution. Microevolution happens within species, when small adaptations either take place to accommodate environment or are brought about by breeding. Macroevolution is the idea that one species evolves into another, the commonly understood theory of evolution. This second type of evolution has never been observed to occur.
Once I was a tadpole long and thin, then I was a baboon with my tail tucked in, then I was a monkey in a tropical tree and now I am professor with college degree. Did Charley make a monkey out of you?
Ted Rudow III,MA