ID: Dawkins isn't opposed to space aliens bringing it...
(Tim) Went to Ben Stein's Expelled this weekend. A couple comments...
Dawkins' facial tics get the best of him when Stein puts him through his paces, repeatedly asking him about his non-belief in God. Do you believe in God? Do you believe in the Christian God? How 'bout the Muslim God? Any one of the many Hindu Gods? Do you believe in any God at all? Are you sure? Absolutely sure? What would you put the chances of God's existence at? Ninety-eight percent sure He doesn't exist and two percent sure He does? Fifty-two percent He doesn't and forty-eight percent He does?
It's a good education watching the über-evolutionist squirm under such scientific scrutiny...
Then there's the bit about the possibility of tracing the origin of life back to hitchhikers catching a ride on the back of a crystal; or space aliens traveling to earth to provide the intelligent design needed to jump start mother earth. Really, I'm not making this stuff up. In fact, the space alien thing comes from Dawkins himself and he doesn't crack a smile when he says it. Amazing stuff, although Dawkins since said the aliens are the bright idea of the ID people.
That said, remember Michael Moore and Ben Stein both use video and the medium really is the massage. So the best part of this flick isn't the ID guys (although note our own Steve Bradley's Dad, Walter, gets a cameo and does himself proud). Nor is it Stein's splices.
It's watching the God-haters' delusions and knowing the end of the story:
Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. (Psalms 2:1-4)
PS: From Joani, here's a good review of the film.