Origin into Schools

Kirk and Students

Kirk Cameron poses with UCLA students and Origin of Species book.
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Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron discuss the Origin of Species giveaway on the UCLA campus.
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UCLA student rips out the Origin of Species introduction.
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UCLA student reads free Origin of Species.
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  Why did you do this?
When I discovered that On the Origin of Species was public domain, I decided to publish it myself with a special Introduction (to give an alternative perspective) and give away free copies to university students. But when Kirk Cameron and I produced a short video-clip explaining what I wanted to do (and posted it online) we were very surprised at the reaction. We kicked a hornet’s nest. A big one.
  What do you think of Richard Dawkins telling students to rip out your Introduction?
It seems very strange that Professor Dawkins would say that my Introduction didn’t worry him at all, and in the next breath tell university students to rip it out. If, I am, as he says, an “ignorant fool,” then what I have written will be nothing but ignorance and foolishness. So why is he so concerned? I think the man protesteth too much.
  Is the book restricted to students?
We didn’t plan to make the book available to the public, but there’s been so much interest, we put it on Amazon. When my last book (You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think) went on Amazon, hundreds of atheists swooped in it and gave it the lowest rating possible to stop people from buying it. They have already done the same with this book. I think it will backfire on them. People don’t like being told what not to read.
  What do you think of the threatened book-burnings?
It’s ironic that those who cry against censorship when it comes to pornography and other vices, want censorship when it comes to this one Introduction. There have been 140 different editions of On the Origin of Species, and many have had Introductions. So why would they want to burn this one? There’s been plans for atheists to pose as students to get a copy, to stop students from reading it. Why would they want to do that? This is America, and the free exchange of ideas is healthy.
  Are you against science?
Science is a wonderful discipline, to which we are deeply indebted. So, I want every one of the 194,000 individuals who get the book to make sure they read the entire 304 pages When I read On the Origin of Species I was very impressed with Charles Darwin. If he was alive today, I am sure that he would be one of Disney’s imagineers, or earn big bucks as a Hollywood screenwriter for science-fiction movies. He had a fantastic imagination.
  Can you understand why so many atheists are offended?
Actually, I can’t. There have been more than 140 different editions of On the Origin of Species and many have had Introductions. Mine simply gives an alternative. So, why the call for censorship? Why the anger? Everything I have written can be substantiated. What are atheists afraid of? The exchange of ideas is healthy.
  How would you feel if Richard Dawkins wrote an Introduction to the Bible and gave them away to students?
I would be delighted. He could write an introduction on why he thinks God doesn’t exist, how he believes we are related to bananas and turnips, and how he believes the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything. I’m sure students would give it the attention his beliefs deserve, especially if he was showing (by freely giving them away) that monetary gain wasn’t his motive.
  How would you feel if an atheist wrote a scathing Introduction to one of your books and gave them to students?
I would be honored, especially if someone wanted to give another perspective and felt so strongly he paid for the books. That would be unheard of. I don’t feel threatened by criticism. When Richard Dawkins said that I was an “ignorant fool,” I put that (his somewhat short) Introduction on the front cover of my latest book. He Introduces me to the readers, and I’m okay with that.
  What credentials do you have to write an Introduction to On the Origin of Species?
I have debated atheistic evolution on ABC’s Nightline and on the BBC. I have also written a number of books on the subject, and my booklet “The Atheist Test” has sold over one million copies. While I’m not an “expert” on the subject of evolution, I have quoted the experts in the Introduction.
  Are you defacing Darwin’s work?
Not at all. We have published his entire book. Nothing has been removed. The book that we will be giving to students is the complete edition. Charles Darwin said that both perspectives should be given, and we are giving both in a 50-page Introduction. Like Darwin, we want people to read the two points of view and make up their own minds.

Please Note: When laying out the book for the first print (30,000 copies), we found that it was over 400 pages and was too expensive to be a free book. We therefore randomly removed four chapters and Darwin's Introduction, saying within the book that they could be freely downloaded at www.originextra.com But for the second print (175,000 copies) we dropped the text-size, and that reduced the entire book to 304 pages, making it affordable as a giveaway.

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  Students at a Southern California college get a free copy of On the Origin of Species.
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Atheist Comments

  "We are grateful to the donors who helped with the Origin Into Schools project. The total amount raised was just over $130,000, which will pay for the printing and shipping of 120,000 books to different universities around the United States."
-- Alan V. Pearson, CFRE, Director of Donor Relations and Development

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Ray Comfort is the best-selling author of more than 60 books, including You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence But You Can’t Make Him Think, Nothing Created Everything (with special cover-condemnation by Richard Dawkins), How to Know God Exists: Scientific Proof of God, God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists, and Evolution--the Fairy Tale For Grownups. His booklet “The Atheist Test” has sold more than a million copies. He is the co-host of an award-winning television program (with actor Kirk Cameron), blogs daily to hundreds of atheists at “Atheist Central,” has debated atheistic evolution on ABC’s Nightline and on the BBC, and was a platform speaker at American Atheists, Inc. at their annual convention in 2001. He is a New Zealander, who lives with his wife, Sue, in Southern California where they have three grown children.


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