- written by Russ Jones
A $10,000 reward has been offered to anyone who can prove the reality of evolution. California creation scientist Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo says he’ll pay the contestant who can disprove the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis.
Entitled “Literal Genesis Trial,” the rules and regulations of the contest state on Mastropaolo’s website an independent organization will oversee the proceedings before a judge.
“It turns out that there is nothing in the universe [that] is evolving, everything is devolving, everything is going in the opposite direction,” said Mastropaolo, who believes that evolution cannot be proved scientifically.
In compliance with the rules of the contest, the non-literal Genesis advocate shall deposit $10,000 in escrow with the agreed upon judge. The literal Genesis advocate and contributing writer for the Creation Science Hall of Fame, Mastropaolo, will also contribute $10,000 in escrow with the same judge.
The judge will consider evidence, which is “scientific, objective, valid, reliable and calibrated.” The Creation Science Hall of Fame will facilitate the challenge.
Answers in Genesis (AiG), a non-profit Christian apologetics ministry with a particular focuses on supporting young Earth creationism, weighed in on the contest.
“While we are generally supportive of attempts by people to expose the bankruptcy of molecules-to-man evolution, we are not sanguine about efforts that claim creation can be proven today,” said Dr. Georgia Purdom, Ph.D. – Answers in Genesis. “Both creation and evolution are outside the domain of ‘observational science’ and thus neither is provable. Instead, the creation vs. evolution question involves ‘historical science,’ which is used to interpret the evidence we see today. The evidence does not speak for itself; in fact, it is subject to interpretive bias.”
Purdom is thought to be the first female Ph.D. scientist engaged in full-time research and speaking on the Book of Genesis for Answers in Genesis.
“No judge is completely without bias,” said Purdom. “Furthermore, if he does not understand the difference between observational science and historical science, the sheer number of scientists who accept evolution might sway him to the evolution position. In that case, the creationist movement would be dealt a setback in the public’s mind.”
A disputed resolution model known as a mini-trial would be used to hear the arguments from Mastropaolo and his opponent. A bailiff and court reporter will attend, in addition to a judge approved by both sides.
Mastropaolo has a PhD in kinesiology and has taught both biomechanics and physiology. He seeks to heighten the quality of creation science vs. evolution debate.
"[Evolutionists] are not stupid people, they are bright, but they are bright enough to know there is no scientific evidence they can give in a mini-trial," he says.
For more information about the contest see www.creationsciencehalloffame.org.