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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