Faith leader Ray Comfort is known for taking on controversial issues through film (you may recall the "180" movie). And he's done it again with his latest film project, "Evolution vs. God." This week, the New Zealand-born evangelist spoke exclusively about it with TheBlaze.
At the heart of the short film, which will be released and available for download on July 9, is the notion that evolution, as it is currently embraced and heralded by scientists, is inaccurate and unverifiable. Naturally, believers in Darwinian theory will scoff at Comfort's claims, but that hasn't stopped him from producing "Evolution vs. God" in an effort to spark conversation about a highly-contentious theological issue.
Background on the Film
TheBlaze asked Comfort why he decided to tackle evolution. In essence, the movie is a response to the critiques that are regularly waged against creationists. The evangelist charged that Richard Dawkins, a famed evolutionary biologist and an unapologetic atheist, has mocked creationists and, in particular, Comfort himself, numerous times in the past.
Comfort said that he has challenged Dawkins to a debate, but that the atheist activist has refused unless Comfort donates $100,000 to his foundation for non-belief. Obviously, this donation isn't going to happen, so the two, at least for the time being, won't be chatting about matters of worldly origin.
Headliner Richard Dawkins, founder of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, speaks during the National Atheist Organization's 'Reason Rally' March 24, 2012 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images North America
"I've listened to him say things to thousands of university students that are just not true," Comfort said. "Many times over the years I've been accused by atheists of not understanding evolution. I've read every page of the world's most boring book, 'The Origin of Species.'"
In making the video, Comfort spoke with leading evolutionary scientists from major universities: Peter Nonacs, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, Craig Stanford, professor of biological sciences and anthropology at USC, PZ Myers, associate professor of biology at University of Minnesota Morris and Gail E. Kennedy, associate professor of anthropology at UCLA.
The Christian leader, who founded evangelical outreach groups Way of the Master and Living Waters, described going directly to these scientists and asking them questions about the evidence that exists for evolution -- proof that Comfort believes is sparse and unreliable.
Photo Credit: Ray Comfort
"[I asked], 'Is there scientific evidence, observable evidence?,'" he explained to TheBlaze. "[None] of the scientists could provide any. This is going to be enlightening for so many people who mock Christians as having blind faith or no evidence."
Comfort Discusses Creationism as Fact
Considering the seemingly never-ending creationism versus evolution debate, we also asked Comfort how people can be sure that the former is a reality that makes more sense, logistically, than the latter. Interestingly, he said that it really doesn't take much faith to believe in God and his creation, as people can simply "look at the beauty of nature."
"It is scientifically impossible for nature to create itself," he noted, adding that this is indicative of a Higher Power setting it all in motion.
Comfort noted that even the most intelligent scientist on the face of the earth "can't make a grain of sand from anything," nor can he or she create animals that are able to reproduce. At the heart of the matter is his argument that the creation surrounding us couldn't have come from an explosion of nothing. This idea of spontaneous creation -- one that is touted by many Darwinian theorists -- he called "embarrassingly stupid" (he also gave the same label to atheism).
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Comfort also said that humanity's moral conscience and thirst for justice corroborates the Almighty's presence.
As for "Evolution vs. God," he believes that the film has the power to spawn radical change. While he knows that "fundamental evolutionists" will not amend their views, as he believes that they've been brainwashed, Comfort still has hope that an impact can be made on others.
Watch a trailer for the film, below:
Why So Many People Embrace Evolutionary Theory
Staunch evolutionists, Comfort believes, may simply be indulging their urges rather than questioning the information that scientists have been touting.
"Richard Dawkins opened the door to the joys of sin ... If evolution is true and we are primates, then escapades are mere instincts -- homosexuality, adultery, etc.," he said. "[These things are] okay if there's no God and we are merely primates. That's why when [Dawkins], the pied piper, plays his tunes millions of people listen ... they just want to confirm their worldview and their lifestyle."
Comfort plans to give one million DVDs out on college campuses across America. But the film will first be available for download at EvolutionVersusGod.com starting on July 9.
As for those who believe that the faith leader is attacking science, he responded: "Scientists think I'm anti-science. I absolutely love science, but I don't love bogus science -- and that's what Darwinian science is."