Ben Stein has a movie coming out April 18th titled “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” which criticizes the way proponents of intelligent design has been laughed off, discriminated against, or ignored. Many Christians are optimistic this will open doors to discussions of intelligent design, creation, and theism or at least get people asking the right questions. I don’t know if this secular movie creates an opportunity for sharing the gospel or not, but many think it will. It at least challenges closed minded thinking that any idea other than evolution is laughable and that the book on that subject has long been shut. Here is an excerpt of a letter from Chris Bougie sent out to campus ministry leaders everywhere:
The evangelistic opportunity we're referring to will be created by the release of the cutting-edge, controversial documentary by the well-known and brilliant Ben Stein. The movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed will be released in theaters on April 18th. The film not only reveals the critical scientific problems with evolutionary theory but highlights the underhanded tactics used to stifle academics and scientists who disagree with mainstream Darwinian thought. Stein spotlights "intelligent design"—a scientific theory that posits nature implicates design—and shows how advocates of intelligent design have been subject to overt discrimination on campuses and scientific organizations across America. “Freedom is the essence of America,” Stein declares in his narration. He adds that science is supposed “to pursue any line of inquiry,” though when it comes to evolution, that practice is not just ignored, but the freedoms of Darwin-questioners are trampled upon. One of the saddest moments in the film occurs when a self-described Christian university (Baylor University in Texas) is documented as persecuting one of its own because he questioned evolution. Ironically, the façade of one of its buildings has a verse inscribed from the book of Colossians, which declares that, in God, all things were created by Him.
Wow that’s small. (Sorry I’m not one of those guys that can fix that.) I’m not saying a bunch of people are going to come out of the theater, realize they believe in a creator, and get saved later that same evening. I am saying that we live a world where people are looking for answers, and sometimes highly intelligent arguments for evolution sound better than what creationists are saying. Many people desiring to look and sound intelligent figure that must be right, and this may be a change in the wind. If this gets normal, thinking people questioning a system that demands we not question, there is an opportunity for Christians to share the truth with those seekers. Is this film a ministry tool? Is it evangelistic? I would say no. (Ben Stein’s Jewish, you know that right?) But it will make people ask questions that we should be ready to answer in a meaningful way, and not just scoff at. Tell me if I’m right or wrong.