11/19/2007                                                                                       View Comments

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial -- now online



This two-hour program is divided into 12 chapters. Choose any chapter below and select QuickTime or Windows Media Player to begin viewing the video. If you experience difficulty viewing, it may be due to high demand.


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A TOWN DIVIDED

The rural community of Dover, Pennsylvania is torn apart in the latest battle over the teaching of evolution, and parents file a lawsuit against the town's school board in federal court.

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WHAT IS EVOLUTION?

More than 150 years ago Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution to explain how the diversity of life arose, laying the foundation for modern biological science.

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INTRODUCING INTELLIGENT DESIGN

The Dover School Board attempts to introduce into science classrooms the idea that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and therefore must have been designed by an intelligent agent.

running time 8:47
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THE TRIAL BEGINS

The court is asked to decide whether the School Board promoted religion or had religious motivation, and whether intelligent design is science.

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THE FOSSIL RECORD

A 2004 discovery in the arctic of a transitional fossil from fish to land-dwelling animals is the latest substantiation of Darwin's theory of evolution.

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A VERY SUCCESSFUL THEORY

The ongoing scientific quest to investigate the unknown has led to some of the strongest evidence for evolution, including findings in modern genetics and molecular biology.

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THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

After experts point out that supernatural causes cannot be tested scientifically, the defense begins its case for intelligent design.

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EXAMINING INTELLIGENT DESIGN

In court, biochemist Michael Behe argues that the concept of irreducible complexity is evidence for intelligent design, while biologist Ken Miller points out the weaknesses in that concept.

running time 9:11
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FAITH AND REASON

As the legal teams battle it out in court, the clash between evolution and intelligent design takes a toll on the Dover community.

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

The court looks at evidence that the Dover School Board was motivated by religion.

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A CULTURE CONFLICT

Some proponents of intelligent design would like to see the theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral, and political life.

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CLOSING ARGUMENTS

After six weeks, the trial concludes with closing arguments that were as divided as Dover itself had become, and Judge Jones renders his unequivocal verdict.

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13 comments:

Contrarian said...

Fascinating stuff.

I am familiar with the transcripts, but there is one glaring problem that needs to be addressed and I see poping up on ID sites.

Why did the counsel for the defense...Thompson...who sought this case then disappear for DAYS at a time during the trial, leaving a second chair and an assistant or two against nine lawyers and assistants for the plaintiffs.

And why did Thompson, a Catholic, want the case anyway? The Catholic Church does not champion idea.

The suggest is being made that he "threw the match" and when he did show up missed a number of opportunities to object.

What gives?

I need a real answer for these clowns.

xrayman said...

Thanks for posting this program. I was so pissed when I realized I had missed it. Wow you gotta love Pat Robertson's comments near the end. "If Dover receives a natural disaster don't turn to God for help."

This program just personifies how normal otherwise intelligent people can become so deluded and loose complete common sense because of the Christian religion.

Thankfully those scientists presented a stellar argument and resaon won.

my10thao said...

Xrayman quoted Robertson:
"If Dover receives a natural disaster don't turn to God for help."


I think it would have made a better quote if Robertson said it like this, "If Dover receives a GODLY disaster don't turn to God for help."

I mean, if it was a NATURAL disaster, why would they call on God when he/she/it has nothing to do with it?

just my opinion and humor....

by the way, i do enjoy the show very much, although i was expecting something more from the ID side, I was disappointed.

and of course I am very glad that science prevail once again. We are able to keep our school the way it should be.

xrayman said...

"i was expecting something more from the ID side, I was disappointed."

That was the whole point of the program. The ID side didn't have shit once they were called out.

Can't Spell Christ Without Shit said...

I can hear the Jesus extremist whackos now with these type of comments:

"Scientific evidence was planted by Satan himself to deceive all of you".

My question would be:
"Why doesn't God remove the stuff that Satan planted, so we can see the truth clearly"?

Don't you just love the way christians panic when their back is up against the wall anytime their belief system is exposed for the lie that it is.

They always blame it on the devil.

Andrew Hawkins said...

I would love to think that I could live forever in a loving utopia and that would necessarily imply that I would welcome the idea of God. However, It's just plain obvious that science is chasing God into gaps and the likelihood of his existence is diminishing.

If God did exist then science would only be confirming this, and increasing the likelihood of his existence. Science doesn't start with a presupposition (God exists) it merely reports what it finds, forms a theory, finds more evidence to either disprove or prove the theory. That is the basic way of finding truth. What schools should also teach is philosophy and that should encompass epistemology and the scientific method.

Anyway, enough trying to change the world by a few sad words in a corner of the internet. It was sad that the atheist-station had their windows shot out and Judge Jones had received death threats. I can’t comprehend the double standards that these so called Christians are employing – i.e. Love they neighbour and kill the atheist vermin. Conversely, the evolution camp behaved with honesty and integrity in the face of aversion. I’m astounded.

xrayman said...

What really surprises me is the fact that Ken Miller is still a Catholic and a God believer. I have watched tons of his stuff on youtube and Dr. Miller is one of greatest soldiers that has ever been on the evolution team, yet he still believes in the invisible man in the sky. I just don't get it.

AtheistToothFairy said...

xrayman wrote:
What really surprises me is the fact that Ken Miller is still a Catholic and a God believer
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Hi Xray',

I didn't think the actor that played Miller did him justice, but overall it was an interesting report.

Many I've talked to about Miller, also can't understand how a man so intelligent in science can hang onto his catholic beliefs.

I think there is a *possibility* that he has some external reasons for SAYING he's catholic but in actuality he's agnostic about any god. It could be a family reason he says he is, or maybe it might even be a bit political in nature, who knows.

In any case, I bet if you pinned him down with questions about backing up his supposed god belief, he'd have no evidence to cite to us to support that belief, merely insisting it's a personal opinion based on some obscure thing called faith.

I just find it very difficult to believe after watching the other two hour documentary with the REAL Miller, that this man could have any strong belief in the type of god the xtians here proclaim exists.


BTW Xray, in all your time taking x-rays of humans, have you ever spotted a single person having a soul inside their body....Just curious is all?


ATF (Who thinks souls must hide themselves when the x-ray beam cometh around)

Superman Clark Kent said...

From Atheisttoothfairy
"BTW Xray, in all your time taking x-rays of humans, have you ever spotted a single person having a soul inside their body....Just curious is all?"

I can't speak for X-ray man, however I can verify that even with my incredible "X-ray" vision that I have never seen a soul inside of a human body.

AtheistToothFairy said...

Superman Clark Kent wrote:
I can't speak for X-ray man, however I can verify that even with my incredible "X-ray" vision that I have never seen a soul inside of a human body

Well then, that settles it Superman.
Souls MUST be composed of nothing less than good ole' LEAD.

I therefore must also conclude that because LEAD is so heavy, that upon death, all souls travel DOWNWARDS.

I guess nobody is going to heaven afterall...oh well.

ATF

eel_shepherd said...

There was an interesting parallel between the journalist Lauri Lebo's father's conversation with her when he advanced the idea that no particular factual truth or any benefit to societal utility is worth upholding if it is going to come out of the hide of your religion, and that all other considerations are to be thrown over the side before jeopardising adherence to the dictates of faith, and the way two of the defence's witnesses "misspoke" (read: lied, committed perjury, etc.) about their motives, knowledge and actions in the weeks, months and years prior to the trial.

The truth isn't worth shit to these guys. Truth is just a means to an end for them. Whatever rates to work, that's what they'll go with. If the truth, then the truth; if a lie, then they'll lie. But under such a personal mental regime, where truth is just one of the options, to be hauled into service or left hidden in their kit bag according to circumstances, even the truth ceases to be the truth on those occasions when that's their weapon of the hour.

I think this case is a good example of why a person should take the high road, rather than the Lying For Jesus road. Taking the low road had its usual effect of providing an anticipated short-term gain (in this case, very short term), only for it to ultimately come back and bite them on the ass. Judges really, really, REALLY don't like being lied to in court.

Interesting too, was the how the lie evolved into a meta-lie, when after lying to the people and the court, the witness could not bring himself to say that he lied; only that he "misspoke", a word which is a lie about a lie. Note that two of the defence's side eventually had to say that they "misspoke", they guy who bought the panda books and the guy caught talking on tape about teaching "creationism".

Had to laugh at the characterisation of the badly cut-&-pasted words in the editorial drafts of the panda book as a "transitional form."

casper said...

Finally finished watching the series. WOW! I still can't believe the comments from that armchair xtian at the end. I thought the verdict was fair and entirely within the scope of the judge's mandate but all the xtian could come up with were insults and rhetoric, all because the verdict did not go his way. How can people go through life not using their brains?

Sadly, I have to agree with Eel_shepherd's comments.

Wow...

Derrick.

Ricky said...

Thanks a lot for the video!