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That’s right, it’s Ferris Bueller’s droning high school economics teacher. But the subject this time is Darwinian evolution. Mr. Stein’s playful and slightly hokey documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, has already been branded by members of the scientific community as specious and misleading. Little wonder. It is a Michael Mooresque exposee with a clear agenda. And the agenda is not to make the American scientific community look good. It interviews the leading scientific minds in both Darwinian evolution and in the controversial Intelligent Design movement. And although Stein is out for a hachet job, the film does what public education officials seem reluctant to do in their classrooms: look at both sides of the debate. However, it is less a movie about the recent battles in public education than it is one about the politics and metaphysical biases ingrained in mainstream Darwinism (as well as those in the ID movement). Celebrated evolutionist Richard Dawkins and other ID opponents are interviewed for the film (actually, they were led to believe they were being recorded for a much different film––one about how the growing threat of religion to science; oh well, survival of the fittest, and all that). They share candid comments about atheism, its logical flow from evolutionary science, their own personal loss of faith, and a curious openness to a version of ID in which the Intelligent Designers are big-brained Extra Terrestrials–––just not this awful God person, thank you very much. It is, all in all, a fascinating film; if for no other reason than we get to hear from the folks the mainstream media seem to keep under wraps: the Intelligent Intelligent Design advocates.

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2 Comments

  1. It’s nice to hear about the film. (We haven’t seen it.)

    Unfortunately, it won’t be a box office hit. The old story applies: Hollywood is open to anything except things relating to Christianity (or the Christian God). There are a few exceptions, like “The Passion of the Christ”.

  2. I saw the movie last night. I had heard about it for several months. I thought it was a pretty good thumb in the eye of conventional wisdom. You might want to step over to “Where in the World is Osama Bin Ladin”. It is a pretty good thumb in the eye to some republicrat warmongers as well.


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