Stein takes on Darwinism

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

As you may have heard, Ben Stein (remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off?) is trying his hand at documentary film-making with the April 18 opening of “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” 

The film is bound to have the intelligent design community buzzing, as it criticizes what Stein sees as Darwinism’s monopoly on academia. 

In an interview with Newsweek, Stein says, “Darwinism is a brilliant theory, but to say it has all the answers would not be truthful or sensible. And today’s students aren’t learning that.”  Stein focuses on scientists and professors who have been fired, denied tenure, and passed over for grants for suggesting intelligent design as a plausible theory. You can read more and see the trailer at

Sounds interesting. I know the movie was promoted over at Bryan, so I’m interested in your thoughts. Should intelligent design be presented as a plausible theory in secular classrooms? Should we expect scientists, who study the physical world, to factor the metaphysical into their theories? 

I've heard that Stein comparies Darwinism to Nazism. Do you think that's a fair assessment? I know that social Darwinism has been used to justify some horrible human rights atrocities, but couldn't you say the same thing for Christianity?

More broadly, how do you feel about intelligent design? Is it just another name for creationism? Is it a “God in the gaps” approach to science? Or is it the most effective argument in support of a Creator?

Just starting a conversation here. Let me know what you think!

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