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A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That the Evolutionists Should Acknowledge Creation

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Taped on December 4, 1997. For the affirmative: William F. Buckley; Phillip E. Johnson; Michael J. Behe; David Berlinski. For the negative: Barry W. Lynn; Eugenie Scott; Michael Ruse; Kenneth R. Miller. "I retreat from any formulation of tonight's exchange," Mr. Buckley begins, "that suggests that everyone on the other side should embrace creation. Not everyone on the affirmative side embraces creation. What we contend is that everyone should acknowledge creation as an alternative explanation for cosmic and biological happenings now thought by so many as naturalist in provenance and momentum." Mr. Lynn replies that "none of us on this team have any doubt that we have all been created somehow. Where we disagree with Mr. Buckley and his colleagues is on the relationships between evolution and our current situation." And we're off on a profound debate that ranges from the molecule to the cosmos, with distinctions that may be surprising to the layman (e.g., from Ms. Scott, between evolution and Darwinism: "Darwinism is evolution through natural selection")--and quite a lot of fun along the way: Mr. Berlinski: "The gravamen of your argument is the chordate." Mr. Kinsley: "Are people familiar with chordates?" Berlinski: "Vertebrates. That's us." Ms. Scott: "No, chordates are the group in which vertebrates belong." Mr. Miller: "We're all chordates here, Mike." Summary by Firing Line staff.

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  • Actors: William F. Buckley Jr., Michael Kinsley, Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, David Berlinski
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA)
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This was an all-star debate about evolution and I really enjoyed it. The debate was also interesting because the way the two sides came at the debate. William F. Buckley's team starts out thinking that evolution requires that we accept there are only materialist forces and therefore precludes the role of God in creation. While the scientist on the other side Kenneth Miller obviously believes in only materialist causes are at work in evolution his team of completely disavow this position and freely admit that God could have been involved in all aspects of evolution; yet they argue as if only materialistic causes were in play. Along with Kenneth Miller, Eugenie Scott and Michael Ruse are all atheists, Barry Lynn is not. Barry is the person that sounds the most incoherent in the debate because he insists that belief in God is compatible with evolution but constantly argues during the debate as if God had nothing to do with evolution and we were the product of random chance. Weird.

The other side has an atheist in their ranks as well David Berlinski who I think makes the most powerful arguments against evolution as a theory and makes a very strong case for scientist to be far more humble about their claims for evolution. Young Earth Creationist will feel a bit orphaned by Mr. Buckley's team and no one on his team denies evolution by decent with modification it is just that they postulate, with the except of Berlinski, that the evidence supports that a creator and not chance mutation and natural selection was the force behind evolution. The real enemy of Mr. Buckely's team of Michael Behe, Phillip Johnson and David Berlinski is the philosophy of naturalism and how the New Atheist weld naturalism to science.
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