AiG debates leading evolutionist on CNN! by Mark Looy, AiG–USA November 30, 2004 AiG-USA’s newest scientist, astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle, appeared in his first live TV program yesterday … and it was a significant one. A national US audience watched Dr. Lisle debate well-known anti-creationist Dr. Eugenie Scott on CNN-TV's “Paula Zahn NOW” program, Monday evening, November 29. The live debate was quickly arranged after the release of a CBS-TV/New York Times poll which revealed that 65% of Americans believe that both creation and evolution should be taught in public schools. (For AiG’s perspective on how origins should be presented in schools, read the last paragraphs of Poll by liberal group reveals: Americans want creation in public schools!) Dr. Lisle, who holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics and has recently become a full-time speaker and researcher with Answers in Genesis–USA, exhibited a pleasant, but confident, demeanor as he debated evolutionist Dr. Scott of the innocent-sounding National Center for Science Education (which is really a vehement anti-creationist group). Twice she interrupted Dr. Lisle as he was speaking, and she also defended censorship (i.e. not wanting to allow science teachers to criticize evolution in schools). In the interview, host Paula Zahn noted Dr. Lisle’s scientific credentials, which helped deflect the impression given on the CNN website (and in the set-up piece that preceded the debate) that the creation/evolution controversy was only about religion vs. science. When Dr. Scott stated dogmatically that there is no data to support creation, Dr. Lisle cited the scientific research of creationist Dr. D. Russell Humphreys of ICR on magnetic fields and its relationship to the creation model of earth history. (For more, see The earth's magnetic field: evidence that the earth is young.) At the same time, Dr. Lisle was unapologetic about his beliefs when he declared that the real issue about origins is this: are you for God's Word or against it? It was a good way to summarize AiG’s mission to proclaim biblical authority. AiG does not have permission to archive the program as a video on our website, but it is possible that www.CNN.com may archive the video on its site. Also, free transcripts are sometimes available of the program at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/pzn.html . I recorded the video for those who wish to see it - http://www.gup20.com/debate.zip Right click and save target as to download it. It's approximately 85MB. Personally, I was impressed with Dr. Lisle's ability to remain focused on the truth and not go down the diatribe rabbit trails Dr. Scott kept trying to lead him down. It was precisely the definition of not "answering a fool according to their folly" as is written in the Word. I was also impressed with his composure. Dr. Scott got visibly agitated and started interrupting, but Dr. Lisle remained calm and presented truth respectfully.