by Dr. Rex M. Rogers, author and voice of "Making a
“Ben Stein” and the word “comedian” is more likely to come to mind than
“intellectual.” And Ben is certainly funny. But he’s more than that and proves
it in his feature film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
This film asks the weighty question, “If we expel freedom in science, where
will it end?” To find the answer, Stein travels to 12 countries on 4
continents, interviewing an impressive list of scholars in the sciences,
theology, and philosophy. He asks them why “Big Science” makes no use of the
hypothesis of God and why Intelligent Design discussions are suppressed. The
answers he records are breathtaking in their political correctness, disdain for
religion and religious people (“idiots,” one scholar said), cavalier attitude
toward debate, and fear of free speech.
Expelled is not an advocacy flick for Intelligent Design. Rather,
Stein probes why a scientific elite is systematically betraying one of America’s
founding principles: the freedom to create, explore, fail, overcome, inquire,
I.D. is simply the study of patterns in nature best explained by
intelligence. It is not necessarily Christian or religious. Yet in its zeal
for Darwin’s theory of evolution, the scientific community stifles serious
consideration of Intelligent Design. I.D. is called propaganda, a racket,
stupid, an excuse to introduce creationism into the classroom, and my
favorite—boring. But what could be more intellectually engaging than to allow
evidence, rather than the courts, to decide the merits of I.D., evolution, or
any other theory of origins?
No matter. In the scientific community today, power trumps freedom in the
name of truth.
intellectual supremacy that rules science is on full display in Expelled.
It’s a supremacy based upon a worldview, a philosophic paradigm rejecting
the idea of God, or even the idea of “an Intelligence,” while embracing the
“staggeringly improbable” idea that life began by chance. In this view, human
beings, along with the rest of the universe, were not created by the Sovereign
Creator of the Bible’s Book of Genesis, nor by some kind of Intellect. Life
began when, by chance, crystals or particles or an explosion generated a
molecular cell. Life (you and me) just happened. Thereafter, Darwin’s
evolutionary processes took over and the cell became an organism became a fish
became a monkey became a cave man became our Great, Great Grandpa.
Some anti-theists waffle a bit, suggesting the cell was initiated by a
visitor from another galaxy—a brainy being of some kind—but they’re uncertain
about what or who. Though there’s not a shred of evidence for this fantasy,
anti-theists still smugly maintain the alien space traveler wasn’t God. And
they conveniently avoid explaining the origin of that alien species.
Proponents of Darwinism-sans-deity claim their pseudo-religion grants us
freedom from primitive superstition. But it’s a faux freedom that enslaves
human beings to meaninglessness. No deity? Then no objective standard for
determining right from wrong. No morality. No accountability. No
responsibility. No life after death. No certainty, just chance, just chaos.
Most devastating of all: No hope.
You see, suppression of freedom to debate all ideas in the scientific
classroom is about more than Evolution vs. I.D. It’s about more than academic
freedom. It’s about scientists teaching a philosophy that devalues human life
(what Pope John Paul II called a “culture of death”) and—literally—makes
anything acceptable. Eugenics, euthanasia, ethnic cleansing, genocide. Why
not? If life begins in the Great Lottery in the Sky why should we believe it
ends any differently? And if life begins and ends meaninglessly, then what
happens in the middle doesn’t matter either.
Scientists who suppress freedom inexorably create an Orwellian world where
only two choices are left to us: Nihilism—pointless, violent fear and
loathing, or Hedonism—pointless, immoral, pleasure-seeking. Is it any
wonder that so much of cinema today is about one or both?
Ben Stein’s Expelled does freedom proud. And in doing so he serves up
truth and hope.
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No Intelligence Allowed"
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