Aimee Semple McPherson Debates Charles Lee Smith Over Religion and Evolution

Aimee Semple McPherson Debates Charles Lee Smith Over Religion and Evolution

McPherson with her "Gospel car" (1918)
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In Seattle, Washington, Aimee Semple McPherson and Charles Lee Smith debate religion and evolution. Aimee Semple McPherson is a popular Pentecostal evangelist and Smith is head of the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism in New York.

McPherson at one point challenges Smith: "I challenge Mr. Smith to get down on his knees and pray and ask God to reveal himself to him." Smith responds: "God knows my address. Let him look me up."

McPherson's primary goal is to denounce evolution:

"Evolution is absurd, drunken! Why scrap a good, staunch faith for uncertainties? The Bible is true."

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