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Ben Stein Wins Johnson Award for EXPELLED — press release

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La Mirada, Calif. — Ben Stein, known for his lead role in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and his Comedy Central show Win Ben Stein’s Money, believes in liberty and truth. In recognition of this, Biola University’s masters in science and religion program will present him with the 2008 Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth on March 27, a month before the release of his major controversial motion picture, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

In his new movie Expelled, Stein wonders whether humans were designed by an intelligent being or whether we were simply the result of an ancient natural accident. In his search for an answer, he discovers an elitist scientific establishment that punishes the scientific proponents of Intelligent Design because they reject some of the claims of Darwin’s theory of evolution. “Big science in this area of biology has lost its way,” says Stein. “Scientists are supposed to be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, no matter what the implications are. Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-American, it’s anti-science.”

In light of Stein’s contribution to the pursuit of liberty and truth, particularly as it relates to the field of Intelligent Design, he is being honored with the 2008 Johnson Award. The award ceremony will feature premiere clips from the forthcoming movie, the personal appearance of scientists who were expelled from their jobs because they are sympathetic to Intelligent Design, and will include a brief address by Stein.

Biola University, a Christian university in Southern California, established the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth in 2004 to honor legal scholar and Berkeley law professor Phillip E. Johnson, who was the award’s first recipient. The award recognizes Johnson’s pivotal role in advancing our understanding of design in the universe by opening up informed dissent to Darwinian and materialistic theories of evolution. British philosopher Antony Flew, once considered the most prominent defender of atheism in the English-speaking world, became the second recipient of this award in 2006 for his Socratic approach of “following the evidence where it leads” and abandoning atheism on account of design arguments.

Ben Stein is a lawyer, economist, former presidential speechwriter, author and social commentator. He has acted and made guest appearances in numerous movies, TV series, and TV commercials. His part as the boring teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was recently ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in American film.

Further details about the ceremony will soon be available at www.biola.edu/scienceandreligion.

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13 Replies to “Ben Stein Wins Johnson Award for EXPELLED — press release

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    jerry says:

    Ben Stein was attacked this week by our old friend, John Derbyshire. Read the distortions and vitriol at

    “http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MmNjYmI0Y2ZiY2M3NWQzMWUxMTM1MjMyYjIwMTg5ZTI=”

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    Lou Waters says:

    That is one craqzy link, jerry

    -Lou

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    tribune7 says:

    Well at least Derbyshire seems to be conceding that “Hitler Heart Darwin”.

    Now, if he wants to say in rebuttal that Osama is a creationist, I’ll go with that.

    But Hitler and Osama are both anti-Christian (and anti-Jewish).

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    Frost122585 says:

    Bill, I was curious whether you are in the film Expelled or not. If not, how come? It seems to me that your contributions to ID are inextricable from it’s successes as well as NDE’s shortfalls yet I haven’t read or heard anything about you in regards to the film.

    I would also like you to know that I sense a bright and healthy future for ID. My intuition tells me that ID science is just beginning to take off and will progress in leaps and bounds in the near future thanks to the strong and healthy foundation you and your colleagues have laid down for it- although along the way expect shortfalls for ID as well…

    Keep crack’n.

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    larrynormanfan says:

    I didn’t know Ben Stein was an architect.

    Oh, wait. Wrong Phil Johnson Award.

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    The award seems to have gotten under the skin of PZ Myers, which is a good thing.

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    Lou Waters says:

    I’ve read PZ a few times. He’s always got something under his skin. Who won the Casey Luskin award this year?

    -Lou

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    chuckhumphry says:

    First Antony Flew gets the accolades, and now Ben Stein?
    When will Dr. William Dembski be recognized by Biola U. for his work in ID science?
    He has done far more for the movement than either an economist or an ex-aetheist: he’s conducted real science designed to undermine the Darwinist hegemony.

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    russ says:

    You have to wonder how these people with such contempt for science and scientific method can ever summon up the courage to get on a plane. I guess aerodynamics, medicine, electronics, geology (you want petroleum, right?) and other useful fields are exempt from the critique…

    I just finished reading Behe’s “The Edge of Evolution” and am going through it a second time. I also fly airplanes, and I’m pretty sure that the aerodynamics that my life depends upon while flying are based on data, not “theory” and speculation. I have actual data and human experience to show me that what aerodynamicists tell me about flight is true. Darwinists have theories and circumstantial evidence. When Darwinists quit trumping data (EOE) and human experience with theory (NDE) and speculation, then I will put their science in the same category as “aerodynamics, medicine, electronics, [and] geology”.

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    Derbyshire has another one:
    http://corner.nationalreview.c.....dhM2FmMGM=

    Same old, same old. Yawn.

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    Thanks ChuckHumphry, but the point is not for the ID movement to become a mutual admiration society, but rather to recognize people from outside who are putting their neck on the chopping block to advance ID.

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    chuckhumphry says:

    Dr. William Dembski,

    To tell you the truth, I have been a fan of your work in the ID movement for some time.
    After examining the evidence I believe you deserve far more appreciation for your efforts than either philosophers or filmmakers. Really, you have conducted real science to undermine Darwinist dogma. Darwinism cannot withstand the constant onslaught of real science.

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    gpuccio says:

    chuckhumphry:

    Very well said! The way Dr. Dembski’s fundamental work has been treated by the “scientific” community is a shame for all reasoning people. As a community, we have the duty to fully support those in the ID field who are most exposed and have the courage to bear an unbelievable and totally unfair opposition.

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