I returned earlier this evening from watching the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Through a documentary style which contains interviews with people on both sides of the issue, Expelled attempts to show how the scientific community believes wholeheartedly in evolution as its religion, removing those who try to promote intelligent design as a viable reason for the origin of life. The movie builds a strong case for this fundamental bias of many scientists, even showing P. Z. Myers, professor at the University of Minnesota-Morris, stating in effect that one day science will displace religion as the place where truth is found and in which people seek their answers.
I found this movie fairly well done, challenging, and somewhat frightening in the conclusions it draws, especially the connection between darwinianism and Nazi Germany. I would highly encourage teens and adults to see this movie, especially this week (before April 25) to keep it in the theaters and keep this discussion going.
The title of this post is from a statement Richard Dawkins makes at the end of the movie, quoting Bertrand Russell (I believe I have the quote right, but you will have to see the movie to confirm it). Dawkins does not believe in God because, according to this quote, God has not made himself plain. That gets to the heart of the whole issue. Listen to what Paul says in his letter to the Romans, 1:19-22a:
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools…
The God of this age, in this case science and darwinianism, has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see God’s glory in this world and in Christ (2 Cor. 4:4). We must fight for truth and what is right, but at the end of the day it is only God and the work of the Holy Spirit in the blinded minds of people that can bring about change for his glory. If God can do that in Paul, he can do it even in Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion. I pray that he would.