Last week Dr. R. C. Sproul conducted an interesting interview with Ben Stein about his soon-to-be-releasted film “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” (for a short clip of this film, click this link). Earlier this morning, I listened to a two-part audio presentation of this same interview.
Based upon some of my research about this documentary film, the point of it is to expose the rampant prejudice in the place of supposed academic freedom, the government-funded university. Though public universities claim that professors and students are free to follow scientific evidence to its logical conclusion, the hypocrisy of this claim in many university settings is that advocates of Intelligent Design are being persecuted for their belief that there is irrefutable scientific evidence that can only be explained by an Intelligent Designer rather than with an evolutionary hypothesis. Though in my estimation the Intelligent Design view is inadequate for explaining the Genesis account of creation, I am convinced that any government-funded university’s denial of its professors or students’ academic liberty in science undermines that school’s credibility in claiming academic freedom and freedom of speech. Further, from an apologetic perspective, Intelligent Design can be used to show an unbelieving evolutionist that the presuppositions of his worldview cannot account for reality in science, as well as logic and morality, and that the presuppositions of Christian theism offers a biblically informed explanation. If a believer can convince a Darwinist about his inconsistent worldview, he is in a position to present the gospel message with its demands for repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (for a theologically informed review of Intelligent Design advocate Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box, download Brian Jones’ Review of Darwin’s Black Box).
Because of the significance of this interview, let me encourage you to check it out. You can access the interview either by watching a video or listening to the same interview broken up into a two-part audio presentation. To access the video, go to Ligonier’s blog entry “R. C. Sproul Interviews Ben Stein” and scroll down to the video. To access the two-part audio, you can initially click “Interview (Pt. 1) Expelled (the Movie) and Intelligent Design” and then “Interview (Pt. 2) Expelled (the Movie) and Intelligent Design.” I am confident that you will find the interview worthwhile.