Interview Questions for Matthew Chapman

As the Atheist Alliance International conference draws closer, I will be interviewing a number of the speakers/presenters for this website and elsewhere.

One interview will be conducted with Matthew Chapman.

Chapman is the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin.

He is the author of Trials of the Monkey, an autobiographical book which discusses how Americans’ views on evolution/religion/science have changed since the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. More recently, he wrote 40 Days and 40 Nights about the Kitzmiller v. Dover Intelligent Design trial.

Beyond his connection to and passion for evolution, Chapman is also a Hollywood screenwriter. He co-wrote the screenplay for Runaway Jury and wrote the script for Consenting Adults which starred Kevin Spacey and Forest Whitaker.

If you have any questions for Chapman, please leave them in the comments!


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  • txatheist

    What do you think is the best book Charles wrote? What book do you think is the best autobiography? If you don’t know that’s cool but I am eagerly awaiting for a bust of Charles Darwin. I called a statue company and they said they’d get one somehow so I’m waiting but she said it may be awhile.

  • http://www.philaletheia.com drunkentune

    I loved ‘Runaway Jury’; I’m sure many others enjoyed the movie as well. If possible, (and it doesn’t necessarily have to be on tape) please give him massive props from a fan for writing an excellent script loosely based on a so-so Grisham novel.

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  • http://glebaij.net Richard Scott

    Hey Matt – I watched your commentary on c-span books last night. Though you are not encrusted with the vitriol of your other atheist amigos, you still can’t resist the temptation of portraying creation science and I.D. proponents as neolithic low brow insurrectionists with no credibility. Your card stacking argument completely ignored the well know fact that there are legions of credentialed scientists, doctors, PhD’s, professors and Nobel prize winners who recognize macro evolution as the most insidious “scientific” fraud ever perpetrated on mankind. To your credit though, you are the only Darwinist I have listened to or read who is willing to promote debate by allowing I.D. into a classroom setting. And as for your characterization of I.D. as “creationism in a lab coat,” that is simply false. In fact, creation scientists unanimously agree that I.D. is fundamentally different (and at odds with) Creationism as it presents an ambiguous concept of the prime architect. Creation science endorses the literal Genesis account that identifies the creator as God, while I.D. leaves origins open to speculation. For this reason many creation scientists are actually opposed to Intelligent design theory. You also cleverly omitted the question that collapses evolutionary cosmology; “Where did the first source matter come from?” BTW, atheism itself is a myth. Man is born hardwired with a knowledge of God. “Atheists” are simply rebelling against that knowledge.

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