The fact that someone - anyone - is willing to take on big science and secular fundamentalists like Richard Dawkins is terrific, but the last person I would have pictured in this role is Ben Stein.
Stein, however, and in spite of his most recent gig as the host of VH1’s thankfully dormant America’s Most Smartest Model, may just be the man for the job!
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a Michael Moore-ish kind of documentary that investigates, exposes, and challenges the assumptions, presumptions, presuppositions, biases, and academic/intellectual prejudices of the so-called “big science” and its blind fascination and devotion to the Neo-Darwinian materialism that is funneled into classrooms all over the country in suppressing fashion.
Lest one think that Expelled is mere theater, visit the resources page of the official Expelled web site and sign up to receive updates that will inform you of ways you can get involved in Expelled campaigns at your school.
Involvement is important too. Big science evangelists like Dawkins and Harris would like to see all expressions of faith suppressed and eradicated, in the name of their own rigid secular fundamentalism and poorly celebrated examples of the very worst expressions religion has to offer. Dissenting members of the Scientific Academy are also being persecuted for their academic and intellectual explorations, investigations, and convictions. “Educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired â€“ for the ‘crime’ of merely believing that there might be evidence of ‘design’ in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance,” according to Expelled’s Overview. Reports such as this are not only unfortunate, but also detrimental to the discipline of science itself, which should always be characterized by academic freedom.
It would not be very difficult to place the fundamentalist perpetrators of big science and secularism into the same sorry boat that is occupied by the religious fundamentalists who sacked smart fellows like Copernicus and Galileo. It would not be very difficult at all to say that guys like Dawkins and Harris have become the very thing they detest most of all - intellectual and academic fundamentalists.
Is Ben Stein the man for the job? Perhaps! Time will tell! One thing is for certain: there is much, much room for God in science. It’s high time the subject is treated with academic and intellectual respect and honesty, from both sides of the societal and cultural fence.