Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Expelled? Anyone? Anyone?

A guy I keep tabs on is Peter Thomas Chattaway. I "know" him through the usenet group rec.music.christian, where I've discussed topics with him ranging from Christian rock to the Jesus Seminars to various pieces of theology. I've also stood alongside him in flame wars against the group's resident atheist and others.

Anywhoo, Peter has a blog called FilmChat where he gives you little tidbits and sneak peaks of movies past, present and future. He also writes movie reviews and interviews for such publications as Christianity Today. His latest interview is with non other than the world's most famous economics teacher Ben Stein on Ben's upcoming move, Expelled.

Money quote:
And it doesn't scare me at all when scientists say, "Oh, but [Intellegent Design] can't be proved," because neither can any of the Darwinian hypotheses about how life began be proved. Anyway, I couldn't give a [profanity] whether a person calls himself a scientist. It doesn't earn any extra respect from me, because it's as if science has covered itself with glory, morally, in my time. Scientists were the people in Germany telling Hitler that it was a good idea to kill all the Jews. Scientists were telling Stalin it was a good idea to wipe out the middle-class peasants. Scientists were telling Mao Tse-Tung it was fine to kill 50 million people in order to further the revolution.
The interview is a good read, and Peter's blog is overall a good read.

3 comments:

patrick said...

just saw Expelled; the fact that Ben Stein isn't trying to win any popularity contests helps to validate his message... i gather that his goal is to promote free thought, especially more thinking about worldviews that drive American academia

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