Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Atheists are becoming more passionate about teaching our children evolution. The theory of evolution suggests that the entire universe is the result of random, undirected processes operating in the absence of an intelligent designer. One may think that the teaching of evolution in schools has itself evolved in much the same way, but that is not the case. Today’s colleges did not arrive at teaching evolution by random, undirected processes, but by design. In this documentary titled Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Hollywood actor Ben Stein shows that teaching evolution is not only done by design and on purpose, but he exposes many examples where the academic community has ‘expelled’ professors who have dared to entertain any alternatives to evolution.
Billy: The Early Years
Perhaps it is no surprise that the secular colleges have embraced evolution, but did you know that the same is true for many Christian colleges? Billy Graham had the benefit of attending Wheaton College, which supports creation in their statement of faith. Billy has a lifetime TV, radio and crusade audience of over 2.2 billion people, has led 3.2 million people to accept Christ and has appeared on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women 55 times, more than any other individual in the world. His close companion, Charles Templeton, was vice president of Youth for Christ, pastor of a growing church in Toronto and was listed among those ’best used of God’ by the National Association of Evangelicals. That was until he attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was taught to reject parts of Genesis in favour of evolution. This ultimately led to him publically denouncing his faith, as depicted in the film, Billy: The Early Years.
Wheaton College: What About God
You may be surprised that evolution was taught at a Christian college, but at least we can be thankful for colleges like Wheaton that teach creation and graduate students like Billy Graham who achieve great exploits for the cause of Christ, right? Before you breathe a sigh of relief, you may want to watch the PBS documentary entitled What About God?, to learn what Wheaton college teaches today. It seems that many professors at Wheaton believe in evolution, or are unsure about origins at best. To help bring clarity, the college brought in an evolutionary biologist to help set the record straight. In a group discussion that followed, students admitted that they were more confused about origins than before they came to Wheaton.
As more Christian colleges begin to teach evolution, the debate intensifies. Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee is named after William Jennings Bryan, the lawyer who successfully prosecuted John Scopes for teaching evolution in school. The college has always upheld creation in their statement of belief, but the president of the school recently added a clarification that, “Adam and Eve… are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life forms”. You would think that such a statement affirming creation would be well received at school with this history. On the contrary, the faculty voted no-confidence against the president 30–2, about half the students signed a similar petition, 9 professors left or were fired for rejecting the clarification and 2 professors filed a law suit asking for the clarification to be declared void.
It is no longer safe to assume that if we send our kids to a Christian school, the teaching will be based on Biblical authority. We need to do our research to identify schools that will take a stand on the Biblical account of creation, while they still can. I say that because atheists are working hard to make it illegal to teach creation in schools. Dr. Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at University of Birmingham said that, “new laws are needed to stop private Christian schools teaching creationism alongside evolution in science lessons“. We have seen this in Canada as well, when the Quebec Ministry of Education told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwinian evolution or close their doors.
Feel free to add your comments below – personally, I think it’s high time that Christians take a stand and get equipped to defend our faith (1 Peter 3:15).