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Charles Darwin knew that his theory of evolution was a tenuous one. He stated in his book On the Origin of Species, "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down." There are many scientists who would argue that Darwin’s theory has broken down, for the exact reason Darwin points out, an argument called irreducible complexity. They further point to such things as specified complexity, and a lack of evidence of transitional species, to show that Darwin’s theory of evolution is incorrect. While these scientists make perfectly valid points, because they oppose the prevailing politically correct ideology of evolution, they are accused of arguing from ignorance, and are often ostracized.
Enter the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, being released on April 8th, 2008. To quote from the movie’s website:
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.
...They don’t like the very idea of an intelligent cause because they don’t like the idea of allowing even the possibility of the existence of an intelligent "designer." That might lead to scientific evidence in support of the unthinkable, i.e. G-O-D.
...It is the position of the producers of EXPELLED that no government institution or public employee should promote either belief in atheism OR belief in an intelligent designer – one to the exclusion of the other – as official, government policy. Both are presuppositions, both are beliefs and both are valid as scientific bases for scientific exploration....Highly credentialed "dissenters" from today’s prevailing "materialist" theories of life’s progression who wish to pursue science on the basis of a presupposition of intelligent design are being persecuted, vilified, denied tenure and even fired from their jobs for their beliefs today. To even question aspects of Darwin’s theory of evolution is being used as prima facie evidence that one is "unintelligent," and/or unqualified.
Though I haven’t seen a pre-release version of the movie, this sounds like a film worth checking out.While there are many arguments used to discredit evolution, including the intelligent design arguments, here is what I think is the best argument:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
This is the "argument" that supercedes all other arguments, because it comes from God Himself. It’s an important argument, so important in fact, that it’s the very first verse in the Bible.
Those who deny the truth of God’s creation do so at their own peril:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
God might say to them the same thing He said to Job:
Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said: "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-- while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? "Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'? "Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?Job 38:1-13
Of course, God’s Word is not an "argument," it’s a fact, a fact you can take all the way to the bank. I hope that Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed will be a movie that its producers will be able to take all the way to the bank. If it is, more people will be made aware of the intelligent design argument, the glory of God’s good creation, and ultimately, led to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Written by Scott Diekmann