Monday, April 28, 2008

Expelled Rebuttal

Expelled puts forth the thesis that the mainstream scientific community shun efforts from Christians involved in the Intelligent Design movement, even to the point of censorship.

But consider this article that appeared in a newspaper article describing a Reasons To Believe event at a local university.

"Scientists: We've found creator's tracks," by Titus Gee, Antelope Valley Press, Friday, April 25, 2008.
An evolutionist professor from Antelope Valley College on Wednesday conceded the strong probability of intelligent design in life's earliest forms.

The announcement came at the end of a 3-hour presentation at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center by scientists from Reasons to Believe, a Christian ministry that creates and tests scientific models based on the Bible.

Matthew Rainbow, a biology professor with a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry, told a crowd of several hundred that he had been persuaded to change his view of the origins of life about six months earlier, after reading books by the evening's two Reasons to Believe presenters, Hugh Ross and Fazale Rana.

Rainbow helped organize Wednesday's event in connection with a local Reasons to Believe chapter.

The professor described himself as a "flag-waving and card-carrying evolutionist and, about half the time, an atheist," but said evolutionary theory has not explained how the first living cells came into being.

"I now believe with about 60% certainty that the first living things were intelligently designed by a creator," Rainbow said. more...

This article proves my point. For every example of censorship given in the Expelled film, I'm sure I could come up with a counterexample where careful, thoughtful, engaging dialogue between Christians and evolutionists did not end up in censorship.

Do we seriously think that engaging in a negative cultural war with unbelievers will attract them to the Gospel?

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