Expelled: Intelligence Not Allowed


This morning I saw the last 10 minutes of Ben Stein’s documentary ‘Expelled: Intelligence Not Allowed”. I had heard nothing about this until now and I have plans to record a showing on the morning of the 20th so that I can review it in full.

In the few minutes I saw, Stein uses the imagery of the Berlin Wall as being the barrier between scientists and intelligent design. He proposes that more be done to investigate the notion that if not some kind of god, then some sort of greater intelligence is responsible for the beginnings of life on this planet and the Universe as a whole. Of course this has been done with an additional emotional appeal to the ideals of freedom.

He even interviews Richard Dawkins. You can see that Mr. Dawkins is trying very hard to be kind and patient with Mr. Stein in answering his questions. I do wish that Dawkins would have explained that his lack of belief in a god has to do with a lack of testable evidence.

At one point Stein brought up the quote about the god of the old testament. Dawkins read the complete quote about that god being a blood thirsty misogynistic ethnic cleanser, etc. Then Stein asked if he believed in a kind, loving, gentle god. That would be the god of the new testament if I’m not mistaken.

Isn’t Ben Stein Jewish? My understanding, and please kindly correct me if I’m wrong, is that the Jewish people follow the old testament and the Torah, a book I am not familiar with. My reading of the old testament shows precisely what Mr. Dawkins says.

I’m looking forward to watching the entire documentary and I’ll post a review soon.

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3 Comments

  1. sean said,

    January 17, 2010 at 11:59 am

    You might want to rethink watching the entire think. After I first saw it I actually felt my I.Q. drop.

  2. Jason said,

    January 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Actually Dawkins is cherry picking the Old Testament to get this view of God. It is grossly inaccurate. There is no difference between the God of the OT and the NT. They are one in the same.

    Also, I don’t think Richard Dawkin’s could claim that his lack of belief in God stems from a lack of evidence, if his childish books on the topic are much to go by. The guy might be a pretty good naturalist and a good writer of popular level treatments of scientific ideas (I’m not convinced of this based on the ones i’ve read) but his understanding of theology and philosophy could only be described as childish and amateurish if you are feeling particularly generous towards him.

    The documentary Expelled is an excellent piece of work that I thoroughly enjoyed and I think it makes some really good points that have never been meaningfully answered by those committed to the religion of scientific naturalism.

  3. Meg L. said,

    January 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Actually I believe Dawkins is heavily edited to get just the clips they wanted. I don’t know if you read Pharyngula, but here’s a link to some of his stuff connected to the movie. It’s set up by the post before, but this is more meaty. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/03/a_late_night_quick_one.php

    And here’s Dawkin’s response to the movie: http://richarddawkins.net/articles/2394


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