Thursday, August 23, 2007

Is Hollywood slipping? "Expelled" is coming

I am not a movie buff. In fact, "buff" is not a word that would ever be forced into service to describe me. But I digress. I take my wife to see a movie two or three times a year. Even on those occasions I confess that I am more interested in being with her than watching the big screen. Thus, I was clueless when I saw Joe Thorn's Slusho shot and read his comments about his "most highly anticipated movie of 2008" (I had never heard of the movie, but I am intrigued by viral marketing, so I was interested).

So, when a fellow church member, Dan Phillips (not the pyromaniac), emailed me about a movie coming out in February 2008, I was not initially very interested. Until I read about it. Then I wondered if it was a joke--an urban legend. It passed the Snopes test, so I looked into it further and must say, I am pleasantly surprised to learn that something like "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" could be coming out of 21st century Hollywood. Ben Stein chronicles the experiences of scientists who have been blackballed by the academy for questioning the ideologies of Darwinism, global warming and the like. Stories about such leftwing fundamentalism have been accumulating through the years, but no one has ever attempted to weave them all together and portray them on the big screen. Evidently, that is exactly what "Expelled" attempts to do. It ought to be fascinating to watch antics of those who, while screaming for academic freedom and ideological pluralism, militantly cut off dissident voices that dare question current scientific dogma.

If this project is successful, Stein and everyone else involved in it, will have successfully hoisted the radical left on their own petard.

7 comments:

Debbie Kaufman said...

I viewed the trailer and am planning on seeing this film. Kudos to Ben Stein for the making of this. It's always interesting to me who God works in and through. I have already sent emails to family and friends to view the trailer. I hope it opens strong.

Sojourner said...

Well how about that.

Tom Bryant said...

Because Ben Stein hardly fits into the liberal assumptions of what a conservative is supposed to act like, it'll be hard for them to dismiss it... but I am sure they will try.

Doug said...

Debbie comment that "It's always interesting to me who God works in and through" brought to mind a story told by Phillip Jensen in a 9 Marks interview about how a man traveled from China to Australia to find out about Jesus. When he was asked how he had heard of Jesus, he said that he heard of Him through an American television show. Which show? You'd never guess- The Simpsons! He heard someone on the Simpsons remark that "Jesus died for our sins" and that sent him on a spiritual quest to discover who this Jesus was and he ended up at Phillip Jensen's church. It is indeed always interesting who God works in and through!

Doug said...

My comment should, quite obviously, read "Debbie's comment...." rather than "Debbie comment..." I need to learn to use the preview button.

One Salient Oversight said...

If there are any Reformed Christians out there who actually believe in the science of Global Warming, please visit the blog of Byron Smith, a pastor who is active in discussing these issues.

He believes in man-caused global warming and that it is not some liberal conspiracy.

DJP said...

FWIW, the other Dan Phillips knows about that movie, too, and wants to see it. He's written on this phenonmenon here, here, here, and here.