Last night I finally watched ‘Expelled’ (just came to video apparently). I liked the movie – some things spoke to me:
- The amount of people that have problems with Neo-Darwinism was interesting – some of their viewpoints were interesting to hear
- I was a little saddened by the scientific community and the fact some people lost careers due to even ‘playing’ with Intelligent Design
- Some of the early connections from the 1920’s and Darwinism were a little ‘scary’ – and then to hear about the close mindedness on the subject (and alienation of people not holding their views) – kind of saddened me and left me with ‘something to chew on’
- I like the idea that there is design within the cells and structures of human life – it may help to deal with some problems in some scientific fields (3 examples were given)
- I can’t stand the fact science feels it can impinge on faith – as if science and faith are in opposite corners. I think it is both sad and tragic when Darwinism is the moral ground by which one has to defend from – specially when we get into ‘survival of the fittest’ and this consequence on humanity
All in all, I enjoyed what the movie had to say and the questions it raised. I think the fact the science community has to link ID just to religion is a weak viewpoint to debate from – it was not true according to the film (although religious communities do like the idea) – ID is based in the idea of design within science.
Now I am no scientist – but I sure ain’t no Darwinist (morally speaking here). I think Darwin’s ideas, as much as they have helped science evolve, if played out to their extremes lead to moral ambiguity. Life starts to a back-seat to progress – and morality takes a seat to moral concensus (anyway the wind blows that year). Germany was a stark example of this extreme – morality becoming subject to scientific ideal (namely Darwinism). I was quite saddened by that extreme (the other example they used was planned parenthood and its connection to eugenics).
Faith has inherent to its system – and close to its heart – the idea of morality and people. Are we so sure we want to trash something that seems to help people?