Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Hugh Hewitt, The Book of Mormon, and DNA Redux

Today between 5 and 6 p.m. Pacific time, Hugh Hewitt will have two DNA experts who are also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormons") on his show to respond to an L.A Times article from last Thursday. For those who can't listen by radio, the show is available on-line too, at Hugh's site. Just find the button that says “listen online.”

As I've noted before many times, this is a political/cultural blog, not a religious one, but I think this story is significant in terms of the news media's coverage of religion. Viewed in that light, today's Hewitt show ought to be quite interesting. Hugh has a large listening audience and is influential in conservative political circles; I have found him to be exceedingly friendly and fair in discussions of faith-related issues. As noted below, last Thursday Hugh interviewed the L.A. Times reporter, William Lobdell, who wrote a front-page story about DNA and the Book of Mormon. I personally found both that interview and the article itself disappointing (my comments here), but Hugh got a great deal of feedback on the interview and decided to have two serious LDS DNA experts on his show to respond further to the Times article. I applaud Hugh's fairness and urge all those who are interested to listen in and spread the word.

UPDATE: The transcript of the interview with the DNA experts, Daniel Peterson and John Butler, is now on Radioblogger.


Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

Radioblogger has the interview  with Daniel Peterson and John Butler and it is fantastically informative about the science behind DNA and Ancient studies. It refutes, quite easily, the fluff DNA piece that appeared in the LA Times. 

Posted by Tyler Farrer

Friday, February 24, 2006 2:38:00 PM  
Blogger J Thomas said...

Note: you can find the entire audio to the show here:
click here  

Posted by Justin Hart

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 2:14:00 PM  

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