One pious man has a Bible in one hand and $10,000 cash in the other, ready to go toe-to-toe with an evolutionist who thinks he or she can disprove the Christian holy book’s creation account.
Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo believes in a literal interpretation of the Biblical book of Genesis when it comes to our universe’s origins. He believes that creationism can be scientifically demonstrated so much that he’s willing to put money down on it. His challenge is thus: Anyone who can prove with hard evidence that science flatly contradicts the literal Genesis can walk away from the table $10,000 richer.
There’s a catch though. You have to bring your own $10,000 to the betting table if you’re willing to take the wager. Additionally, you have to be willing to lose that $10,000 if your argument doesn’t stand up to Mastropaolo’s evidence of creationism. It’s a high-stakes bet to be waged through a grand debate.
It’s called the “Literal Genesis Trial Contest” and is detailed at length at the Creation Science Hall of Fame, “Honoring those who honored God’s Word as literally written in Genesis.” The challenge is one of good, friendly competition to anyone from theistic evolutionists (evolution adherents who believe in God) to strictly atheistic Darwinists.
The contest will be held in the form of a mock-trial at a courthouse where the willing contestant and Mastropaolo will put their $10,000 in escrow. A judge will decide who wins the argument and the $20,000. The Creation Science Hall of Fame is merely hosting the challenge and clarified that it will not be selecting the judge.
And before you laugh off the challenge and pony up $10,000 to embarrass Dr. Mastropaolo at his own game, we should note that the dude is no slouch, even if his beliefs fall into a slim scientific minority. He is a highly educated and accomplished scientist in his own right, recognized as an expert in kinesiology and a recipient of Vice Presidential Awards for his studies regarding life in space.
He just thinks you can’t prove evolution, and he’s going to be pulling out all the stops to make your argument as invalid as you might think his is.
“[Evolutionists] are not stupid people,” he 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.”