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Bill O'Reilly, Richard Dawkins Debate Creationism Heatedly (VIDEO)

First Posted: 10/06/11 10:06 AM ET Updated: 12/06/11 05:12 AM ET

Bill O'Reilly debated creationism on Wednesday's "O'Reilly Factor" with biologist and famous atheist Richard Dawkins. Not surprisingly, things got a little heated.

Dawkins was pushing a new book, aimed to teach adolescents and adults that science can explain ancient myths. O'Reilly told Dawkins that his book "mocks God," which propelled the two into a heated discussion about the beginning of time.

"How can it possibly help to postulate a divine intelligence to explain something complicated like [the origin of existence]?" Dawkins asked O'Reilly.

"Here's how it can help," O'Reilly answered. "If you believe in the teachings of Jesus, or Buddha, or someone like that who wants people to be peaceful and to love each other, that is a good thing," O'Reilly said.

"Yeah but what's that got to do with the origin of the moon?" Dawkins argued.

"Because I don't believe a meteor crashed into the earth and made everything happen. I think intelligent design made everything happen," O'Reilly quickly answered. He also told Dawkins that "the Judeo-Christian myth is not a myth, it's reality. And this country was founded on it."

O'Reilly, a staunch believer in creationism, has debated the topic with Dawkins before. He has also become famous for telling atheists and scientists that things such as the tides and the moon cannot be explained by science.


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