For Christmas Derek and I got the movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed!". Derek and I saw this movie when it was in the theaters and it was so good that I decided to buy it when it came out on DVD, so I bought it for one of our Christmas presents to ourselves! We haven't really had a good oppurtunity to watch it together until tonight. It was just as good the second time around.

This movie inspires me, and makes me want to stand up for my views, and help with breaking down that "wall" in academia which is discussed in the movie (you know, the one that stands between the acceptable "scientific" theory of evolution, and non-acceptable but still valid alternative theories, such as intelligent design). Re-watching this movie reminded me of a review I wrote after we saw it in the theaters the first time; however, for some reason it never got posted on here. So I thought I would post it now. For those of you who have never seen "Expelled", I think it's definitely worth your time; certainly on my "must-see" list.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I saw the movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed!" with Ben Stein last night, and it was excellent! If you care about preserving our freedom of speech and academics in America (which any of you who are Americans should care about), then you should really see this movie!

I thought the documentary did an excellent job of bringing to the viewer's attention some of the inadequacies of the theory of evolution and how scientists are being denied the right of expressing their doubts or exploring any alternative views (specifically intelligent design) for fear of losing their jobs. The suppression of these scientists is only hurting America and those of us who live here, because brilliant scientists are being prevented from performing their research or teaching at our universities, simply because some evolutionists are afraid of a little competition for their theory. However, competition is the catalyst of progress, which is being stunted right now because many brilliant scientists are being prevented from exploring certain scientific possibilities.

This film also touched on the connection between Hitler's atrocities and Darwinism, and included interviews with many evolutionists who pathetically insisted that intelligent design is not compatible with science, one evolutionist even complaining that the theory of intelligent design is just so "boring". These objections are, of course, just excuses to keep theories other than evolution out of the academic system; once again, inhibiting our freedom of speech. Freedom is what our country was based on, and is what makes our country great, and if we care at all about preserving that freedom we need to preserve it at every level, including academic and scientific freedom; this is why this film should be supported.

I'll close my review of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed!" by sharing a moment in the film which (to me) was one of the most inspiring. At the end of the interview with Richard Dawkins (a devout atheist), Dawkins stated, in response to one of Ben Stein's questions, that if he were to "run into God" after he died that he would ask Him why He took such pains to hide Himself. Ben Stein's narration then continued to explain that intelligent design scientists do not think that God is hidden, but rather think that we may actually be able to encounter God through science: and what could be more intriguing than that?

The above image is from the "Expelled!" website.
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Jenene said...

I loved that movie, and would definitely recommend it to everyone.

Brittney Galloway said...

I loved this movie too! We bought it with a gift certificate as soon as it was released, and have been using it as a ministry tool by watching it with people around town here at UF.

katie said...

I have never even heard of this--but not I'm excited about it! Thanks for the recommendation... maybe it will even make it on the list for this weekend!

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