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Compelled

In Accessing the Ancients on January 11, 2009 at 12:41 am

I just finished watching Ben Stein’s Expelled, Ben Stein’s hip presentation of the ideological war that is at expelled-movieposter2stake in the scientific community.  Using such music as The Killers, Gordon Lightfoot, and Johnny Cash, Stein gives a unique inquiry into the nature of the issue: Darwinian Evolution vs. Intelligent Design.  He does not make light of the stakes, drawing sharp contrasts to the ideological seduction of Nazi Germany.

Many professors, scientists and journalists have already counted their jobs as casualties of this unsuspecting battle.  Ben Stein takes a systematic approach to the nature of the conflict, having conversations with professors of both camps as well as mediator-like individuals (those who merely depict both sides of the conflict).  He takes as viewers to Hadamar, where some German scientists instigate ethnic cleansing among the disabled and mentally handicapped.  He draws parallels to the ideological division of the Cold War as displayed through the Berlin wall (and its eventual destruction).  My favorite part of the film was the climactic moment during the interview with Richard Dawkins, one of the most prominent atheists and evolutionary proponents.  He asks him, “What if you meet God one day and he asks you, ‘Richard, what have you been doing with your life?  What did you do with all that I gave you?'” To which Dawkins replied with a Bertrand Russel quotation: “Sir, why did you hide yourself so well?”

I could not help but be compelled by the notion of God’s riches being found in the saints (Ephesians 1:18).  This passage denotes an embodiment of wealth in the saints.  I cannot help but wonder if the writings, findings and disciplines of the saints are meant to be a wealth of gifts for our living.  How does this relate to the movie?  I’m glad you asked.  What if the very notion of this intellectual war that we face in our day has already been addressed by the saints?  What if their learning and God’s revelation to them was provision for us?  Bottom line – I’ve got some wealth to go search out!

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