I got a chance to take in Expelled on Tuesday. I was eager to see the movie and it did not disappoint. The movie provides compelling evidence of the intolerance of the scientific establishment to squash any conversation that does not start with wholesale acceptance of Darwin's theory of origins.
This is not a Christian project. Ben Stein is a devoted Jewish man who believes the Hebrew Scriptures. And as a journalist and researcher, his interest is to expose what is happening out of the public eye. I think he succeeds and along the way he is pretty hilarious in a dry-witted manner.
My favorite scene is when Stein is searching downtown Seattle for the Discovery Institute. Let's just say I can relate.
The scientific establishment seems to revel in the characterization of Christians as stupid people who refuse to accept "cold, hard science". This leads people who are wrestling with faith in Jesus to wonder, "are Christians really burying their head in the sand and refusing to see that science proves the Bible is false?" In other words, if you want to believe the Bible, you have to be a foolish and naive person.
Expelled says, "hey, maybe there are significant chinks in the armor of evolutionary theory. Maybe things aren't as ironclad as Richard Dawkins would have you believe. Maybe there's far less certainty in the theory of origins and species than conventional wisdom would suggest. Maybe intelligent people can suggest other explanations that also fit the evidence. And maybe evolutionary devotees are a little too interested in quashing and discrediting other ideas."
Expelled is not concerning itself with biblical creation. It seeks to offer the credibility of research related to Intelligent Design (ID) as a plausible theory of origins in species and life. ID does not propose a view of God or a mechanism of creation. ID simply observes and researches the intelligent nature of life and posits that blind chance is an insufficient explanation for the development of complex living systems.
There have been attempts to discredit Expelled's research and presentation. I would suggest this article from Probe ministries to give another perspective. I highly recommend seeing Expelled.