I had the opporunity to go with a friend and my oldest son (14 years) to see the Ben Stein documentary "Expelled" a few days ago. I highly recommend this film to all Christians who might be concerned about intellectual freedom; right to life issues; and the cause and effect relationships between the scientific establishment, atheism, and the dignity of the human person.
Ben Stein is the guy from Ferris Bueller-- you remember. In looking up his biography, I've discovered that he's among other things an economist, actor and writer. I honestly don't know too much more about him-- I think he's Jewish. He clearly hangs around with some deep thinkers.
The film centers on how proponents of the theory of evolution within the scientific community, have basically blackballed those scientists who even entertain other theories, namely intelligent design-- which basically says a higher power had a hand in creating life rather than life emerging from the primordial soup from a series of random, undirected physical events. While the examples of such discrimination are outrageous and frustrating to hear about, there were a couple of other related themes that I personally found more moving.
As the subject matter develops, Stein finds and presents the connection between Darwin's theories, early 20th century eugenics and the Nazi hospital in Hadamar, in which thousands of victims were murdered because they were medically or genetically "inferior." Stein is visibly moved by the outcomes of these philosophies. He mentions Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. This portion of the film really got me interested in exploring the themes and their historical relationships. For instance, the principal theorist for eugenics is Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin.
At the end of the film, Stein basically issues a call to action. What can each of us do?