Came across an odd headline in today’s Times Union:
Theory of evolution still divisive
As Charles Darwin’s birthday nears, debate over his ideas continues
According to the article, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will proclaim Tuesday, Darwin’s 199th birthday, Darwin Day. (You thought February 12 was remembered for Abraham Lincoln, didn’t you?) Meanwhile, there is a piece of legislation afoot in the NY State Assembly to have the day recognized statewide. Additionally, there are various celebrations and forums planned around the region at places like the State Museum, the Unitarian Universalist Society and other humanist and religious congregations with the intent “to have sermons and other discussion to show that “religion and science are not adversaries.”
Of course, the article focuses on Darwin’s “Origin of the Species” making only passing mention that it is the fundamentalists who are the ones pushing the theory of Intelligent Design, completely overlooking the fact that there are a number of scientists who not only believe intelligent design to be as valid a theory as evolution, but who are not bible literalists (meaning, a belief in a literal 6 day creation).
That very subject – scientists and the theory of intelligent design – is the subject of a forthcoming film called Ben Stein’s Expelled. The premise of the film is that in spite of credible research on the theory of intelligent design, there is a concerted effort among scientists and educators to exclude it and present only the theory of evolution. Click the image to the right to see the trailer. From the movie’s website:
For decades now, Neo-Darwinism has maintained a stranglehold within public education, suppressing all other theories on the origins of life – especially those that hint of a “designer”.
Oxford professor Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and author of “The God Delusion” states,
“Certainly I see the scientific view of the world as incompatible with religion.”
Your students are being bombarded with such propaganda throughout their education; despite the fact that MOST Americans do NOT believe we’re the result of “random chance”.
Well, FINALLY help is on the way.
EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed, is an upcoming feature film in which host Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) goes on a quest to expose the suppression by science’s anti-theist elite, and unveil new scientific facts that may suggest evidence of intelligent design in the universe.
Part of the problem for Christians who want to enter the debate is we don’t have our facts right, which is incredibly important for any real discussion in the realm of science. In this instance, like so many others, to those coming from the scientific perspective “God said it, I believe it, end of discussion” is not going to make a millimeter of progress. In addition, such an argument gets all Christians written off in the discussion. This film, along with a number of other resources available on the subject of intelligent design, can help to stem that trend.
Is this a salvation issue? Not for a believer, but learning to articulate your faith coherently may play a part in the salvation of someone else. Is it something that makes Christians look silly when we can’t speak intelligently about our own beliefs? Yes, and you can make a difference!