Thursday, April 24, 2008


There are a couple things going on that I wanted you to be aware of.

First, there is a new movie called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. A documentary by Ben Stein, Expelled seeks to open up conversation between those who believe in Evolution and those who believe in Intelligent Design. To do so, he brought in the most polarized scientists from each camp. That has stirred up some controversy, because there are many "middle ground" campers. However, taking a view to its logical conclusion often leads to the very view of the polarized group. To illustrate the point, Stein interviewed Richard Dawkins, a staunch Darwinist and athiest. He argues that evolution, taken to its logical conclusion, means that there is no God. Another scientist whose name I can't recall, exultantly stated (in paraphrase), "There is no God, there is no life after death, there are no moral values, there is nothing!" That same scientists was also in favor of euthenasia, which is another logical conclusion of evolution. If we are just cells smashed together by chance, here for ourselves and no one else, then why live after it's not fun any more?

The real revelation from the movie is that both scientific theories--Evolution and Intelligent Design--come through their own world views. A world view is, simply, one's belief about the world that affects one's decisions. The important word is "belief." Evolution requires a belief system for it to work, and yet Intelligent Design is invalidated for that same reason.

All in all, it's an excellent documentary. I would highly recommend it no matter your beliefs. I would caution you, however, on your discussions after the movie. The point of the movie is to open calm, thoughtful conversation between the two sides. However, this is an issue where emotions run high, and rational thought is easily put aside for less productive words. You can find evidence of that all over the internet; I encourage you to do some sleuthing on both sides. Find out if the movie is showing near you!

In other news, many of you have probably heard of Oprah Winfrey's new "cult religion." Oprah has started a webinar series on the book A New Earth written by Eckhart Tolle. In typical Oprah fashion, the book is very New Age. And also in typical Oprah fashion, what she touches turns to gold, and thousands have joined in on the webinar series. I read a blog post that had some very good comments on what is going on, and I will encourage you to read it as well instead of me rewriting what's been said. I'm not an Oprah watcher, but I know many people who are. Be aware of what's happening so you can discuss it with someone who might be duped by it.

It's good to be informed about these kinds of things: origin of life discussions and support of a New Age movement by a very influential person. As much as I'd like to duck my head in the sand 'til Christ comes back, I know that won't do the Kingdom any good. And it won't help the people who are lost and seeking.

Get informed and get in the conversation!


  1. I agree. I haven't seen the movie with Ben Stein, but I have read some about Oprah's new religion. It is similar to what some religions say...that God is too unfathomable to be understood or named, much less personal. How sad these people are missing out on what God has for those who love Him and follow Him.

  2. Thanks Lyd for bringing forward issues we should all be aware of. Joe mentioned this documentary earlier, so I think we may go see it as well. As for Oprah, she brings up a lot of good things, as well as a lot of stuff the world would be fine without knowing. I guess the danger comes in when people take her word as gospel as opposed to forming their own opinions.

  3. @Leanna: You're right about Oprah. She's done very good things, and this is a very bad thing. We just have to hope that people see the difference.

  4. I have found a very neat blog of a lady from Bryan who has been writing a series about Oprah that is so interesting. Here is the final post, but you should read all the other things she has to say too.

    /2008/04/hit-road-oprah and-dont-ya-come-back-no.html

    It cut some of it off, and I don't know how to make a link to it. But her blog is on my sidebar called "Sit a Spell". There are a few posts more recent than the Oprah series so if you go to her site, you will have to scroll down.

  6. This comment is off-topic.... it relates to your Books to Read list in the sidebar.

    I adore Dorothy Sayers! Those are some great ones. Have you read them all yet? Do you have a favorite? I was so glad that I got to bring my collection back from Central Asia. Thems some good reads.

  7. See my blog for a response.

  8. thanks for passing along the documentary....I'll be sure to check it out. I really "like" Ben Stein, meaning that the few times I have heard him speak up on something, I have tended to agree with 90% of what he says, so I'd be interested to watch the documentary. As for Oprah, I am one of those watchers, but not believers. I love watching her home decorating shows and when she is interviewing people in a new movie, but try to not watch all the other self-glorification shows that she does. I can't stand all this New Earth CRAP! It drives me nuts. She encourages people to think for themselves, but then turns around and says "this is the way!". Gross.