If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.  John 7:17-18
How Do Evolutionists Respond to What You Say? 

They generally ignore it. A few will criticize the evidences in forums where I cannot respond. Once every year or so, a knowledgeable evolutionist will agree to an oral, strictly scientific debate. These debates are usually lively, but always cordial. Unfortunately, little can be covered in a 2 1/2-hour debate, and the substance of the debate cannot be widely distributed, studied, and recalled by others as it could if it were in writing. 

The biggest single step that I believe could be taken to clarify the creation-evolution controversy is to have a thorough, written, publishable debate. Both sides would lay out their case, much as I have in The Scientific Case for Creation. Then we would respond, point-by-point, to the case for the other side. Both sides would have the right to publish the finished exchange. I have sought such a dialogue since 1980, but have not had a serious and qualified taker. Many leading evolutionists know of the offer. When I speak at universities and colleges, I offer the students a $200 finder's fee, if they can find an evolutionist professor who will complete such a debate. I am repeating that offer here to the first student who can find such a science professor. Several excuses that are given....... 

"I don't have time." 

Response: Many do not have time, and of course, they need not participate. Nevertheless, others have the time to write books attacking and misrepresenting creationist positions. Many are teaching what I feel are outdated evolutionary ideas and refuse to place themselves in a forum where they must defend what they are teaching. If you are going to teach something, you ought to be willing to defend it, especially if taxpayers are paying your salary. 

"I don't know enough about evolution." (Carl Sagan's answer) or "I am only qualified in one aspect of evolution." 

Response: A team of people could participate in the evolutionist side of the debate. 

"I don't want to give a creationist a forum." 

Response: Of the thousands of scientific controversies, the creation-evolution controversy is the only one I know where some scientists refuse to exchange and discuss the evidence. That is an unscientific, closeminded position. 

"Creation is a religious idea. It is not science." 

Response: Creation certainly has religious implications, but much scientific evidence bears on the subject. Only the scientific aspects would be permitted in this written debate. An umpire would remove any religious, or antireligious, comments from the exchange. If my only comments were religious, the umpire would strike them from the debate. I would have nothing to say, and the evolutionist would win by default. (Incidently, evolution also has religious implications.) 

"Any debate should be in refereed science journals." 

Response: The journals you refer to are controlled by evolutionists. They would not provide a platform for such a lengthy debate. Nor do they publish any research questioning evolution and supporting creation. The publishers of these journals would be severely criticized by many of their clientele and advertisers if they did. (The few evolutionists who participate in oral debates often admit how much they are criticized by other evolutionists for participating in a debate.) In a well-publicized case, one journal, Scientific American, withdrew a contract to hire a very qualified assistant editor when it was learned he was a creationist. 

If anyone wishes to explore the written debate idea further, I would welcome a letter regarding the debate. But if you are going to ask a qualified evolutionist to participate, watch out for the excuses. 

How do evolutionists respond to the scientific case for creation? Most try to ignore it. As you can see from the above excuses, even qualified evolutionists avoid a direct exchange dealing with the scientific evidence. 


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