Evolution Debate at UCLA

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Actor Kirk Cameron, who used to be a teen heartthrob, then subsequently underwent a religious conversion and is a very conservative (read: anti-evolution) evangelical Christian, is now hawking Darwin on college campuses.

Well, sort of. Living Waters is a group that argues the literal truth of the Bible. The group, with which Cameron is affiliated, realized that it needed to find a new way to distribute materials. Living Word discovered that while sometimes schools might try to stop the group from distributing its actual materials, schools could hardly stop the organization from giving out Darwin’s work, for free.

So earlier this year Living Word planned to give out almost 200,000 copies of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species (with a special, undercutting introduction) on college campuses across America this month.

One of the schools Living Waters visited was UCLA, where Cameron gave out copies of Darwin’s book. One UCLA student filmed a discussion between Cameron and a skeptical student. Considering what else has happened at UCLA recently recently, the evolution discussion was surprisingly polite and entertaining.

Wait, why are you equating science with Atheism?” the student asks.

Cameron does have a tendency to do that .

There’s some incredible potential for this discussion (universities + Darwin + creationist group + celebrity) to get very interesting. Sadly, Living Waters won’t say which campus it plans to visit next.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer