Former Long Beach State Prof: Disprove The Biblical Story of Genesis, You'll Win $20,000

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A Cal State Long Beach Professor Emeritus is putting it all on the line in the hopes that he can prove once and for all that approximately 6,000 years ago humanity was zapped into existence by a grand magician in the sky.

But seriously, we kid--just like much of the Bible--that statement wasn't entirely truthful. 

What is true is that Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo, a kineseology professor who officials say retired from CSULB in 1994, is actually putting $10,000 into an escrow account as part of the Literal Genesis Trial. 



The "minitrial," which will be facilitated by the Creation Science Hall of Fame, will feature a  superior court judge who will see that the process is good, and moderate arguments between a non-literal and literal Genesis advocate. Read: a courtroom showdown between creationism and evolution. 

Next to a portrait of the glinty-eyed doctor on the Creation Science website, an announcement reads: "Dear Theistic Evolutionists, 'Allegoricalists,' ' Atheists' and all you 'Long Agers,' This is your chance to shine. Are you willing to participate in a contest to prove your point that the Bible is wrong and that we evolved? You could go home with $20,000 if you win!"

Mastropaolo, who intends to argue for the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis, (we see leafy loin coverings, and a loquacious serpent) has referred to evolution as "Lethal Antiscience." According to the rules of the minitrial, (an alternate dispute resolution process), the evidence must be "objective, valid, reliable and calibrated" and the preponderance of evidence will prevail. 

We must say, imagining the application of scientific principles to the Garden of Eden has our curiosity piqued.

Mastropaolo told The Guardian that the trial would be held in a Santa Ana courthouse and that he would personally create a list of superior court judges from which the trial's participants would choose a presiding referee.

Let there be judgment!

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ephraim7
ephraim7

How about $10,000 for providing evidence that the literal text of Genesis chapter one is true?

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dregstudios
dregstudios

Here in TN, they have taken steps though new legislation to allow creationism back into the classroom.  This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/04/pulpit-in-classroom-biblical-agenda-in.html with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.

Justin Henretta
Justin Henretta

why not prove the easter bunny, santa clause and the tooth fairy are real too?

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Or even Penn and Teller, no?

Jason Alton Mize
Jason Alton Mize

I think he took his cue from Donald Trump in the last presidential race.

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