Books at Center of Evolution Battle
Books have an important role to play when it comes to affecting the way people think about controversial topics. They have the power to change the way people think, and that can change lives.
In November of 2009, Ray Comfort, a New Zealand Christian author who now lives in the U.S., gave away 170,000 copies of On the Origin of Species to students at 100 of America’s top universities. This special edition of the book has a foreword by Comfort that explains the Christian position on the evolution controversy.
His team will also be giving away 1,000 free copies of Darwin’s famous book as people leave the Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand, on March 11, after listening to atheist Richard Dawkins. A total of 26,000 copies of the more than 300-page special edition of, On the Origin of Species were given out in Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington on March 9–at each to coincide with Richard Dawkins speaking.
Dawkins and Comfort have traded barbs over the years about evolution. Comfort has often been rebuffed by Dawkins. When asked if he would debate Comfort about the existence of God, Dawkins replied “There’s nothing to debate. It would be like having a debate with a flat-earther.” In response, Comfort said, “Calling your opponent a ‘flat-earther,’ an ‘ignorant fool,’ and ‘an idiot’ (as he did on CNN recently) are classic signs of a man who is insecure in his beliefs. An ad hominem attack on your opponent, rather than his argument, is the sign of a weak.”
This battle seems to have begun when Comfort’s, You Can Lead an Atheists to Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think bumped Richard Dawkin’s God Delusion off the Amazon number one position, in the atheist division. Hundreds of atheists then flooded Amazon and gave the publication bad reviews, in an effort to bring Comfort’s book down in the ratings, according to Comfort.
The outspoken author then challenged the Professor to a debate about the existence of God, offering him a $20,000 fee. Dawkins said he wanted $100,000, and called Comfort “an ignorant fool.” Comfort put that commendation on the front cover of his next book, Nothing Created Everything–the Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution.
Books by both Dawkins and Comfort are playing a lively role in the evolution debate.