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Creationist offers $10K to prove Bible wrong

Betting that science supports Genesis and not Darwin.

By Rich_Maloof Mar 27, 2013 12:13AM

A die-hard creationist is putting his money where his faith is.

Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo believes unequivocally that the Bible's book of Genesis is a literal account of our universe's origin. Standing firmly behind his convictions, which he believes can be scientifically demonstrated, Mastropaolo has issued a challenge: Anyone who can prove, using hard evidence, that science contradicts the literal reading of Genesis walks away $10,000 richer. 

Photo: Man offer reward to prove Bible wrong / Malcolm Piers/Getty ImagesBe warned: You don't want to sign up for this challenge without your facts in order. Contestants must arrive ready to argue their position against Mastropaolo with their own $10k in hand — and be willing to lose the money if Mastropaolo's scientific evidence of creationism prevails. So it's not so much a reward situation as a high-stakes bet. Whether or not the Bible says gambling is a sin remains a debate for another time.

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 The Literal Genesis Trial Contest is detailed at the Creation Science Hall of Fame — "Honoring those who honored God's Word as literally written in Genesis" — where the challenge is addressed, in good competitive spirit, to theistic evolutionists, allegoricallists, and "all you 'Long Agers.'" 

According to contest rules, a mini-trial will be held in a courthouse where the contestant and Mastropaolo are to each put $10,000 in escrow. A superior court justice will decide which party prevails and is awarded the $20,000. (The Creation Science Hall of Fame is hosting the challenge but says it is not a party to the judge or any other entity involved.)

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If you plan on arriving with a high schooler's grasp of evolution and a copy of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," well, may God be with you. Mastropaolo is a highly educated, highly accomplished scientist. He's a recognized expert in kinesiology (the scientific study of body movement, aka human kinetics) and a recipient of Vice Presidential Awards for his studies on life in space. 

And he believes that evolution cannot be proved. 

"[Evolutionists] are not stupid people," Mastropaolo told The Guardian. "They are bright, but they are bright enough to know there is no scientific evidence they can give in a mini-trial."

Mastropaolo's bio indicates he has already scientifically proved that Adam and Eve were genetically perfect, that "ape-men are frauds" and that the Earth is 6,800 years old, give or take eight and a half centuries. 

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Sep 28, 2013 11:41PM
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This is nothing more that an evidentiary shell game.  No one will successfully claim the prize because the task is impossible,   There is not even a shred of validity to the claim that Genesis is anything more than a myth fit for people steeped in ignorance.  It should have died along with the people who first muttered it around a fire amidst their herds and tents.  That it has not is a testament not to it's validity but to the ponderous capacity of human beings to be deliberately ignorant when reality conflicts with something they have been taught on authority.

No one will claim the prize because the task is to disprove Genesis regardless of dressing it in "proving evolution".  

To make this serious, as opposed to a pathetic publicity stunt - one that worked apparently - one would have to conduct the voir dire of all time to find totally unbiased jurors.  This would, of course, preclude anyone with any familiarity with the mythology and science on trial.

Having a jury totally ignorant of evolution and the Christian creation myth one would be faced with having to provide all of the evidence (or what passes for evidence in the case of creationism - because this book says so) and insure that they understand it.  A fools errand indeed.

The bottom line is this.  We live in a technologically advanced society where evidence of the efficacy of science is everywhere.  No philosophy, religion, or new age hybrid of the two has ever produced anything like what science has produced.

There are scientist discussing the possibility that we might be off about the big bang and rapid inflation and are proposing that our 3D universe is actually the event horizon of a collapsing 4D star in a 4D universe...and yet we are seriously talking about the idea that a magic man in the sky created everything in a week, made man from dust, woman from a rib, and then kicked them out of paradise because the woman ate a magic apple from a magic tree on the advice of a talking snake.

You may try to dress up the beliefs as something mysterious and profound but they remain just that silly.

There is a reason that people in other nations think were a bit off...
Sep 28, 2013 8:21PM
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There are 4 mornings and 4 evenings before the sun is created.......Hello!
Sep 28, 2013 1:13AM
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Genesis chapter 1 contradicts Genesis chapter 2.  One disproves the other.  Please send $10k to thorgolucky@gmail.com thanks!
Sep 27, 2013 7:12PM
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So where is his Noble Prize and peer reviewed paper? 
Sep 27, 2013 6:18PM
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Have evidence that the earth is 6800 years old?

Present it and step up for your nobel prize. it's worth more than $10K  and if you manage to prove that many years of geological studies are false you are almost guaranteed to win it. 

Additionally, even just within Genesis the bible contradicts itself. I don't see why further proof would be needed. You can have 2 different contradictory accounts both be true.
Sep 27, 2013 3:45PM
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Which version of the Genesis creation stories does he believe in?
(Genesis Ch 1 creation story is incompatible with Genesis Ch 2 creation story).

Sep 27, 2013 1:42PM
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The level of cognitive dissonance required to be this educated in science and still believe in Bronze Age mythology is unparalleled.
Sep 27, 2013 1:11PM
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Genesis 1:14-19

 

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,

18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

The moon is not a light. It reflects sunlight. As well, the moon, due to it's orbit, will also appear during the day.

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