If you have a kid who wants to go into science, you and the kid had better see this documentary, to be released in April. Either your kid should just sell out now and become an atheistic materialist or your kid needs a strategy to survive an astoundingly hostile atmosphere.
Recently, theExpelled movie’s line producer Mark Mathis (yes, the former TV news hound) and I discussed (Intelligent Design hits Hollywood! Will Hollywood hit back?) the way in which legacy media bighairs and establishment science bores close ranks to pretend that the universe shows no evidence of intelligent design. And – as the film, to be released in April, shows – they do not scruple to wreck the careers of anyone who knows better and says so.
This is despite the fact that almost all the great scientists have admitted the evidence for design. It was what converted the world’s best respected academic atheist,Antony Flew, who talks abut that in his book, There IS a God.
But mediocre men are often unaffected by what moves their betters … they do not rise to the experience of the ideas themselves, they simply repeat them as dull mantras, collect their pay, and stump off home.
Anyway, a while back, Mark and I had talked about how to get across to people the problem we face: Increasingly, tax-supported science at universities is in the hands of dogmatic and unimaginative atheists with a vested interest in denying evidence of design in the universe or life forms. Here’s what I suggested:
You asked me to consider the question of how to interest the public in a Big Idea.
I’d suggest that we look at how disturbing social trends relate to the Big Idea.
For example, look at the enormous growth in the last half century of genuine admiration of self-destructive lifestyles and behaviour. You can see it clearly by looking at the difference between traditional culture heroes and modern ones.
The Man Called Cash, for example, had his problems with drugs, but he wasn’t making records that called June a bitch and threatening to whack her around. He was divorced, but he wasn’t a deadbeat dad. And he didn’t celebrate his drug problems; he overcame them.
How times change! Entertainment media shamelessly cash in on today’s celebration of loser lifestyles in rap music.
Historically, this is highly unusual. There is nothing “natural” about exalting self-destructive, criminal lifestyles. It was more natural for my peers to admire Neil Armstrong and Terry Fox than for today’s teens to admire rappers and drunken celebs exposing their posteriors.
How did it come about? One direct cause is atheistic materialism as the defacto public religion.
Atheistic materialism neither proposes any type of behaviour as correct nor holds anyone responsible for their behaviour. The wrong behaviour just means that you don’t spread your selfish genes.
But many people do not care whether they spread their selfish genes or not. So self-destructiveness and irresponsibility are merely some choices among many.
No, most viewers won’t care about the Big Idea for its own sake. But they may care about how it filters down to our families, and our communities.
Here’s the case: If the universe is designed, being a drug-addled, louse-infested, violent loser ISN’T cool, it’s NOT just one choice among many. It’s a denial of reality.
And the Expelled team asks only for an hour and a half of viewers’ time to explain why intellectual freedom must be restored in the sciences so that the case for a designed universe can be heard.
A powerful weapon, that, for the viewer.
Readers, what do you think?
And while I am here anyway:
Today at Salvo:
Here’s my recent piece in Salvo, a pop sci mag that either rocks or shocks, depending on whether you think that popular science MUST front for materialism (it doesn’t). Here’s my article about a nutritionist who did a study on whether prayer helps, found that it did, and was subjected to a savage onslaught from materialists and religious conventionalists, all of whom just wanted to shut him down.
Today at The Mindful Hack:
Row between philosophers over consciousness
pulls better than your average Britcom
Are you a believer? You must be if you think that the future is real
The most significant thing about ex-atheist Antony Flew is that he was NOT convinced by an old tyme religious experience but by the evidence from science. So what gives with the “new atheists”?
One reason why The Golden Compass tanked at the box office?
Today at the Post-Darwinist
Evolutionary psychology: Where do I go to get my tax money back? These profs know less than I do!
A thought for your Evolution Sunday service … On why you shouldn’t hold one!
Today at The Design of Life blog
Was Mendel wrong? Yes, he might have been. Amazingly. here for more. That’s part of what cutting edge science is about. Authorities could be wrong. (If your kid is being taught materialism in science class, encourage the kid to go to Design of Life blog. The book is even better, actually.)