From Darwin to Hitler? How Creationists Revise History, Oct. 17, 2 pm, Roseville

  • October 17, 2010 · 1:00 PM
  • Roseville Public Library

Minnesota Atheists is once again honored to have as our speaker Dr. Hector Avalos. The title of his presentation is “From Darwin to Hitler? How Creationists Revise History.”

One of the most persistent arguments being used against evolution is that it led to the Holocaust. The movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed makes this argument a cornerstone of its creationist agenda. Dr. Avalos will refute this myth, and he will expose the real roots of the Holocaust in Christian anti-Judaism.

Dr. Hector Avalos is Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, where he was named Professor of the Year in 1996 and Master Teacher in 2003. He received his Ph.D. in Biblical and Near Eastern Studies from Harvard in 1991, and is the author of numerous books, including Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence (2005) and The End of Biblical Studies (2007). His talk is based on a chapter he wrote for The Christian Delusion (2010) edited by John Loftus.

His talk will be preceded by a Minnesota Atheists business meeting and followed by a trip to The Panda Garden Buffet.

1:00-1:15 p.m. - Social Time
1:15-1:45 p.m. - Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 p.m. - Social Time
2:00-3:30 p.m. - Presentation
4:00 p.m. - Dinner

Panda Garden Buffet
1706 Lexington Ave. N.
(Lexington Ave. & Larpenteur Ave.)
Roseville, MN 55113

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  • Andy F

    Dr. Avalos was excellent as usual. I appreciated his attendance despite recently being ill. He showed that the Nazis did not use evolution as a basis for the Holocaust, but even if they did it would have been a misuse of the theory, not a rejection of it.

    October 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exactly what I wanted to learn - the words "Hitler", "Nazi" and Fascist" are being thrown about a lot lately and now I'm better able to refute such accusations. I did not realize how big of an issue Hitler's religious affiliation was.

    October 18, 2010

  • Rhonda

    I know Hector was not at the top of his form due to recovering from double pneumonia, but I would have appreciated him expounding on his slides more.

    October 18, 2010

  • John H.

    Wonderful talk. Very well organized. I loved the free-flowing Q&A afterward. It was quite neat to hear about Dr. Avalos teaching himself Hebrew on lawn-mowing money!

    October 18, 2010

  • Don B.

    Nice, professional academic approach; found it very useful.

    October 18, 2010

  • Paul C.

    well presented, we all love Prof. Avalos

    October 18, 2010

  • Deb W

    The couple of people I talked to were very welcoming.

    October 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk. Great people. Okay Chinese buffet, but that's about as good as they get.

    October 18, 2010

  • Rob

    Good talk today, wish we could have gone longer. It really makes me wonder why it's not easier to set the record straight when it comes to the Hitler debate. The evidence is all there, plain as day.

    October 17, 2010

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