As reviews of Expelled pile up, ranging from the “Dishonest!” (as if) through “missed the exit lane two hours ago*” through facile, and on to thoughtful, ending with the rousingly positive, one thing has become quite obvious: There really is a culture war, and whether you love or hate this film will largely depend on which side you are on.
If you are a materialist, you will think that any level of harassment, persecution, or unjust dealings against non-materialists or Darwin doubters is justified. Or else you will simply refuse to see it when it is before your face. After all, you know that Darwin was right, there is no free will and no hereafter, and all that matters is winning now.
If you are a non-materialist, you think that the line between good and evil passes through the human heart and that there really is free will and truth, and you keep hoping that evidence will one day finally matter.
This struggle for the soul of science will be played out in public from now on, which is probably a good thing. But expect to groan through many TV-driven fatuities (Big Science, meet Big Hair; New Science, meet Christian pundettes).
Prediction: The ability to communicate skillfully with the public – over against legacy media story distorters – will be critical.
*This critic apparently believes that Expelled will wreck Ben Stein’s career. Yeah really.
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