I came across an interesting video on digg.com today. It was a very well done segment that featured Richard Dawkings, who is a professor at the University of Oxford, disputing the teachings of a massive congregation of Colorado Springs, CO. In the video, the pastor Ted Haggard, accuses scientists of being arrogant and defends his teachings that the bible is a superior and correct source over scientific research that changes often and sometimes contradicts itsself. Pastor Haggard specifically references evolution as being an event that could only occur by "accident" which gives evidence of his lack of understanding on the theory. The church itsself is massive. The 18 million dollar complex is almost too small to accomidate the over 14,000 members that frequent the building. Haggard, the founder of the church, is a strict republican who is said to make weekly visits to President Bush. He is also the president of the National Association of Evangelicals(NAE) which is one of the United States most powerful lobbying groups and includes 45,000 churches and 30 million believers. No pastor in the United States has more weight on the influence of religion in politics.
Personally, I don't think that the Pastor kept face during questioning. His arguments were weak and generally pointed at the faults of science rather than providing good and reasonable defense for his practice. At no time did Dawkings question the validity of their beliefs, but rather the blatant disregard of scientific evidence. According to one of his arguments, that science would prove the existence of god in the long run anyway, why does he deem it necessary to correct these scientific facts if they will all work out in his favor eventually. Watch the video and judge for yourself. I'd like to hear your comments on the argument of this incredily influential pastor.
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