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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Let the screaming and caterwauling begin...

Or at least the usual fallacies, shallow dismissals, sneers and dogmatism continue. A new movie is set to premiere next year on that holy day for some, the birthday of Charles Darwin, though Richard Dawkins' birthday would have been a good pick as well. The offense being that this movie is about the controversy in science and academia over Intelligent Design.

From the press release (Thanks to Evolution News and Views)

In a Major Motion Picture Release Ben Stein exposes the frightening agenda of the "Darwinian Machine" in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Coming February 2008.


Ben Stein, the lovable, monotone teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Wonder Years is on a journey to answer one of the biggest questions ever asked: Were we designed or are we simply the end result of an ancient mud puddle struck by lightning? Stein, who is also a lawyer, an economist, a former presidential speech writer, author and social commentator, is stunned by what he finds on his journey. He discovers an elitist scientific establishment that has traded in its skepticism for dogma. But even worse, along the way, Stein uncovers a long line of biologists, astronomers, chemists and philosophers who have had their reputations destroyed and their careers ruined by a scientific establishment that allows absolutely no dissent from Charles Darwin's theory of random mutation and natural selection.

I'm guessing there will be a number of critiques by the holy ones of Darwinism, before the movie is actually released in theaters. I won't be surprised if some write reviews that make us wonder if they even bothered to see the movie, much as they did when they wrote reviews of Michael Behe's latest book, The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism.

You can find out more about the movie at the official website here.

I'll be sure to see this movie, if for anything, the thought of some dogmatic atheists grinding their teeth to nubs, makes me sleep well at night. It would be quite satisfying if the box office take for this film exceeds that of other documentaries lauded by the Hollywood left. I have no idea if it can achieve this, but watching the numbers come in will be fun nonetheless.

If there's a sequel, I recommend the birthday of Richard Dawkins as the premiere date.


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