Ben Stein exposes the forces that dominate American academia in his new movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
His thesis: Proponents and opponents of intelligent design are separated not by scientific discovery but by their faith-based worldviews. In particular, adherents of the Darwinian faith impose their beliefs on the rest of the scientific community by "expelling" anyone who even hints at intelligent design.
I appreciate the fact that Stein's concern is for the well-being of America in general. It would be disastrous if Darwinian morality came to dominate our government.
Darwinism erects walls between those who believe correctly and those who believe incorrectly. This resembles the efforts of the Nazi party, who used walls to separate themselves from anyone they deemed unacceptable or (in honor of their Darwinian roots) insufficiently evolved. This helped them weed out the weak and imperfect (or anyone who didn't support their cause). The holocaust was Hitler's proud attempt at speeding along the evolutionary process.
There is obvious conflict between mainstream science and the faith-based community. Stein points out that this is very much like a war. Richard Dawkins, who makes several appearances throughout the movie, describes his book The God Delusion, as a "frontal assault against religion."
Expelled reminds me of how fond people are of labeling anyone who believes differently from themselves. Expelled demonstrates how Darwinists use labels to stave off anyone who dares to mention intelligent design. Like lawyers who seek to discredit unfavorable witnesses, Darwinists utilize labels to stifle anyone who even even hints that intelligent design might serve as an alternate theory for "the way things are."
At one point Richard Dawkins suggests that it might have been aliens who injected the earth with its first forms of life. Another leading expert in evolutionary guesswork states that maybe proteins piggy-backed on growing crystals, which then stretched and twisted those proteins into living cells. Testimonials such as these make it obvious that the leading spokesmen of Darwinism understand a lot about the complexity of life, however they will do anything to avoid arriving at God (Yahweh) as an explanation for life.
The overarching issue here is intentional disbelief. Darwinism is nothing more than a convenient distraction for those who want to run away from God. People always have and always will clench their fists around anything that helps them deny Him. The inability to see God in creation is not a random phenomenon... it is a conscious choice.
Stein makes a point of singling out religion as a central causes of conflict in the debate between intelligent design and Darwinism. Indeed, it is old news that men have used religion as an excuse to rape and pillage. However, as one of Stein's interviewees very astutely points out, religion is only a red herring. It is a convenient distraction for anyone who wants to write off faith in God.
Another of Stein's interviewees points out the much neglected value of self-criticism. Sold-out followers of Darwinism are quick to snuff out every last hint of creationism. The infrastructure of modern science is designed to ostracize anyone who mentions God in their scientific publications or in their lecture halls.
Thanks to Ben Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, I realized that it is OK and even healthy to assume the universe is intelligently designed. If we value intelligence as much as we claim, this should affect our worldview accordingly. If intelligence is our means to discovery, it makes sens that intelligence should also be our our beginning and ultimate end.
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