It is not often that I feel like standing up and cheering a movie in the theater, but this was just the experience I had after seeing the movie Expelled this last weekend. My friend, Chris, put together an outing for students and adults from our church to go see the film and I’m very thankful he did.
Simply put, the movie Expelled exposes the oppressive hold that Darwinian evolution has on academia. It is shot in documentary style, and tells the story of the conflict between Intelligent Design and Neo-Darwinism in the scientific community. Now, that last sentence might have made the movie sound boring to some of you, but it is anything but. Ben Stien, who wrote, produced, and functions as the inquisitive tour guide in this investigative documentary has put together a film that is humorous, informative, disturbing, and very engaging. I sat in the row behind many of the students and the movie held their attention the entire time.
Although I could have applauded the movie for the quality of its craftsmanship, it was the truth presented in the film that really gave me a charge. Allow me to share some of the highlights.
First, the movie made very clear that the issues between Darwinian Evolution and Intelligent Design are not merely scientific issues, but a clash of different worldviews. The Evolutionists are not “pure” scientists; they are scientists who are drawing conclusions and presenting theories based on their worldview. Evidence that challenges their worldview is dismissed. I found the emphasis on this point refreshing since this charge of bias is usually only placed at the feet of the religious, while the humanists claim objectivity.
Second, Expelled does a superb job of showing the logical implications of the worldview of the Darwinian Evolutionists. The film draws a line from Darwin’s theory to some of its ugly offspring: the Holocaust, eugenics, abortion, and euthanasia. I can imagine that this connection will enrage many evolutionary scientists, however those scientists need to acknowledge the obvious link between theories like natural selection and survival of the fittest and what happens when they are socially applied.
Third, although Ben Stien probably doesn’t realize he is doing this, this movie points to the truth of Romans 1:18-23. God has made himself evident through the created order and sinful men are bent on suppressing this truth. The film ends with a powerful exchange between Stien and Richard Dawkins in which Stien asks Dawkins, “But what if, when you die, you find yourself standing before God; what will you say?” Dawkins responds with Betrand Russell’s famous quote: “God, you gave us insufficient evidence.” Although Dawkins thought himself quite cleaver in using the quote, his words drive home the point of the movie: people are intentionally suppressing the evidence that God has left!
I’d like to go and view the film again to watch it with a bit more critical eye (during the first viewing, I was just focused on following the films logic and trying to understand its premise). That being said, I still feel comfortable encouraging you to go check it out. Although it is not a Christian film, the movie’s worldview is a lot closer to ours than most of what you find at the Cineplex. Kudos to Expelled for exposing what is going on in the American scientific community!
For a little more enticement to see the film, check out this clip.