I would certainly be remiss if I did not link to this video clip and audio program of a show being broadcast on the BBC. In the video clip, Pastor Ted Haggard is arguing with Richard Dawkins about the interminable evolution versus creation “debate”. (Edit: Added quotes around debate. To call it a debate falsely equates the two sides.)
The transcript of the video clip is:
Ted Haggard: We fully embrace the scientific method, as American evangelicals – and we think, as time goes along, as we discover more and more facts, that we’ll learn more and more about how God created the heavens and the earth –
Dawkins points out that the evidence shows the earth to be 4.5 billion years old. Haggard says, “You know what you’re doing?” and explains that Dawkins is paying attention to just part of the scientific community, and that maybe in a hundred years “your grandchildren will laugh at you” for making that statement.
Richard Dawkins: You want to bet?
Haggard: Sometimes it’s hard for a human being to study the ear or study the eye and think that happened by accident.
Dawkins: I beg your pardon, did you say “by accident”?
Dawkins: What do you mean “by accident”?
Haggard: That the eye just formed itself somehow.
Dawkins: Who says it did?
Haggard: Well, some evolutionists say it.
Dawkins: Not a single one that I’ve ever met.
Dawkins: You obviously know nothing about evolution.
Haggard: Or maybe you haven’t met the people I have. But you see – you do understand – you do understand that this issue right here, of intellectual arrogance, is the reason why, people like you, have a difficult problem with people of faith –
How Dawkins doesn’t reach for a metal folding chair at this point is beyond me. That he even has to have this debate, that he even has to waste time talking to this fool is just embarrassing for everyone. It boggles my mind that we still have to “seriously” address an argument such as, “Well, the years and years of research and hard work that you and your colleagues have done is impressive, but on the other hand, we have this 2000 year old myth…“