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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Review

Last night I saw Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a documentary starring Ben Stein as narrator and interviewer. I didn’t have a notebook in the theater with me to take notes, so I don’t remember exact quotes or names, but I would like to share some thoughts.

First of all, I thought the movie was well done. It didn’t have the typical documentary feel. It was good art and well filmed. The whole production was edgy, culturally relative, and in-your-face. I liked that. Also, it was plain funny at times, showing clips from black and white movies that related to the particular subject being discussed at any one time. I didn’t feel like I was watching the History Channel or NOVA. Darwinists will probably object to this and say, “It takes away from Stein’s credibility” because it may have seemed “childish” or “unprofessional.” I think it simply shows that Stein is a human who has a pulse and a sense of humor. If Darwinists take themselves that seriously, then I would suggest that they need to stop doing so much research and take in a stand-up act sometime soon. Perhaps a “joke of the day” email would help, too. Life’s too short to take yourself that seriously.

As far as the content of the film is concerned, it was informative to me. Of course, I am an advocate of Intelligent Design, from a Christian perspective, that God created the world in six literal days and rested on the seventh. (If I’m delusional for believing that, then I guess I’ll be delusional because for someone to look me in the eye and tell me that the cricket I stepped on yesterday and myself originally, all the way back in time, came from the same single-celled organism is simply nonsense.) The stories of the professors and researchers who were expelled or fired from their jobs because of their belief in ID were at times touching and I certainly empathized with them. What was so amazing about this film however were the interviews with the Darwinist atheists. When Stein interviewed Dr. Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, at length, toward the end of the film, I made a few mental notes. This was the more significant portions of the film.

  • Dawkins is an evil, demonic, pagan man. Dawkins expressed so much contempt and hatred toward “religious people” and God, my soul was writhing in sadness for and righteous anger toward this man. He said, “Every person who believes in God is ignorant” (my paraphrase). Read this quote from his book, which he quoted in the film:

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

  • Stein questioned Dawkins on the origin of the universe. Darwinian evolution only explains how species evolved, not how the universe began. For the most part, Dawkins was befuddled and looked like an unintelligent scientist himself. Dawkins said, “We don’t know” (exact quote) at least two times when asked about the origin of the universe. Stein said, “Could it be God?” Dawkins said he cannot disprove God, but he cannot prove him either. Stein asked Dawkins to put a percentage on it and Dawkins responded with “Ninety-nine percent sure.” Stein quipped back, “Why not 97%? What about 49%?” Dawkins said he is “uncomfortable putting a number on it.” Then, he made the comment that he believes God doesn’t exist because “people experience freedom when they leave religion or [don’t believe in] God.” How does he know this? He told Stein, “I’ve gotten letters from people” telling about their new-found freedom in atheism. Stein quickly responded, “Dr. Dawkins, there are 8 billion people in the world, how many letters have you gotten?” Dawkins, noticeably embarrassed, said, “Well, yes, you are right,” implying that his statement was ridiculous and unwarranted. At the end of this exchange, Dawkins admitted there is a possibility that there might be an Intelligent Creator who created other intelligent life (as in ‘aliens’) and, by some random chance, “life was planted” here on earth. Stein then said, “Even Richard Dawkins said that intelligent design might be possible.”

Aside, another scientist gave his belief on the beginning of the universe: “It probably started on the back of crystals.” He didn’t explain this and I don’t know what that means. I don’t think he knows what it means either.

In other interviews with atheist scientists, I noticed their contempt and hatred for “religious people” and “ID scientists.” Never once however, was their any disdain expressed toward Darwinian scientists. (This aspect could have been slanted, I know, but it didn’t appear as such to me.) In fact, one scientist was read a quote by himself, in which he said ID proponents were “idiots” and “stupid people.” He was taken off-guard by this and quite embraced. Another scientist shouted when he said that he could imagine “nothing more boring than a Creator creating the universe.” What was more disturbing was that he said there is no purpose in life and that when you die “you die and there is nothing left.” In fact, he said that a few years ago he had a brain tumor and if it were to return, “which it most likely will,” he would not want to turn out like his brother (or brother-in-law, can’t remember) who struggled through ALS and would rather “shoot myself in the head long before I get to that point.” Stein said that he hoped he was not serious about that claim because shortly after that interview his tumor had returned. I suppose that Dawkins and the other scientists need a bit more lovin’ and a little less research. There was so much anger in their hearts that I’m also betting they were probably not hugged by their parents when they were younger.

There was a connection made between the Nazi Germany genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust to Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest and eugenics. In short, Hitler used Darwin’s theories as a template for cleansing the impure races. The “survival of the fittest” was the choice doctrine of Hitler and his Third Reich. Stein walked through the killing chambers from the Holocaust with a tour guide and he asked her, “Don’t you think that the doctors were the insane ones and not the people on the tables?” Then, he asked: “What would you say to [the Nazi doctor] if you saw him today?” Certainly the weight of that question was heavy on her heart as she began to tear up. “I don’t think it’s my place to say anything,” she replied.

So, I’ll admit, this review is one-sided. I could spend hours writing more (and I probably will after I buy it on DVD) but alas, I have a job and a life so I can’t blog all day. Aside from that, of course this one-sided is because the Bible is the truth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Did Darwin ever say that? Can Dawkins say that? Has science anywhere, ever said that? Atheistic scientists have “statistics” and “percentages” and “probabilities.” Jesus has the substance. He has the truth. There is true freedom in Jesus.

Dawkins was right about one thing: When people leave religion they find true freedom. Dawkins is still in religion — the religion of evolution and the doctrine of Darwin. Dawkins is more “religious” than I am. He is utterly, religiously committed to believing that God is not real. The old saying is true: It takes more faith to not believe in God than it does to believe in him. He is making it his life’s goal to convince others of that as well. When people leave their religious ways of living, and come to Jesus, they have never been more free. I pray that Dawkins will experience that someday.

One thing I don’t understand. Here’s my question; if you’d like to give two cents, go ahead.

If atheists believe that life has no purpose and we just live for 70 years and die, and Christians believe that life has purpose and there are two options for the afterlife (heaven or hell), but both groups in the world’s eye have the same goal — namely to try to do good and enhance mankind’s well-being — then why do atheists care what we teach or believe? If truth was really relative (like they say it is), wouldn’t atheists get their lot (becoming earth soil) and Christians get theirs (eternal life with Jesus)?

Personally, I think Christians get the better deal.

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Hawking Says Alien Life May Exist

Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking claims that there is most likely life in the universe outside Earth.  He said, “if the human race is to continue for another million years, we will have to boldly go where no one has gone before.”  This is the best quote of the short article though:

Hawking compared people who don’t want to spend money on human space exploration to those who opposed the journey of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

“The discovery of the New World made a profound difference to the old. Just think we wouldn’t have had a Big Mac or KFC.”

I’m so happy that Columbus discovered the New World, just so I can stuff my face with a greasy Big Mac.  Yum!  No wonder we celebrate Columbus Day!   Maybe in the new “New World” we’ll find more fast food that can vastly fuel our addiction to angioplasties.

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Sproul Interviews Ben Stein

Ligonier has posted a 27-minute video of R.C. Sproul interviewing Ben Stein.  You may know Ben Stein from his comedic acting career, particularly as the dry teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Stein has now committed much of his efforts to disprove Darwinian evolution in favor of Intelligent Design.