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Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial 

The account of the legal battle in Dover, Pennsylvania over the required teaching of the religious-based "intelligence design" as supposedly a legitimate scientific alternative to evolution in the local public school.


Joseph McMaster


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Episode credited cast:
Jay Benedict ... Judge John Jones
Matthew Chapman ... Self - Great Great Grandson of Charles Darwin
Anthony Edridge Anthony Edridge ... Robert Muise
Michael Fitzpatrick Michael Fitzpatrick ... Scott Minnich
Paul Haley ... Richard Thompson
Lewis Hancock Lewis Hancock ... Michael Behe
Jeff Harding ... Kenneth R. Miller
John E. Jones John E. Jones ... Self - U.S. District Judge
James Jordan James Jordan ... Bill Buckingham
Richard Laing ... Alan Bonsell
Jamie Lennox Jamie Lennox ... Matt - AV Assistant
Eric Lorin Eric Lorin ... Eric Rothschild
Nick Matzke Nick Matzke ... Self - National Center for Science Education
Ryan McCluskey ... Vic Walczak
Kenneth R. Miller Kenneth R. Miller ... Self - Brown University


When the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania votes to require science teachers to read a statement touting Intelligent Design as a scientific alternative to Darwin's Theory of Evolution parents sue the district, leading to a trial in which the judge must decide if Intelligent Design is merely a new name for creationism, already banned in public schools as being religious in nature. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Good overview of the debate
26 November 2013 | by rcrossno-555-135269See all my reviews

Nova handled this in its usual balanced manner. The evidence is presented and the viewer is allowed to make a judgment on one's own. For someone who is willing to be open-minded and willing to view the evidence instead of just insisting on taking things purely on faith, the case is presented in the format of a trial, allowing the view to hear the evidence and draw one's own conclusions. As someone who was raised in an atmosphere of creationism dogma, who came to evaluate the evidence and make another decision, this episode of Nova closely mimics my own personal experiences in reviewing what the data really shows. Unfortunately, in most debates on this issue, the evidence never really gets a fair hearing since each "side" comes to the table with predetermined opinions. If you're willing to have an open mind, the evidence is persuasive in its own right.

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