Friday, August 20, 2010
What are they so afraid of? That perhaps the Bible is true, clergy will become society's leaders and scientists will be seen as merely glorified plumbers and electricians? Is atheism as much a close minded, intolerant orthodoxy as any other religion? You be the judge.
The primary criticism of this documentary seems to be that of course scientists do not reject God because of any atheistic bias. That is simply absurd; scientists are paragons of objectivity. Rather, scientists reject God because He "cannot be tested". Personally, however, I fail to see how evolution has been tested. No one has ever seen a useful new organ or limb develop through natural variation and selection.
Additionally, it's ridiculous to suggest that having a graduate degree and doing some research makes a person immune to emotions. See contrary examples here and here.
Historically, we know that scientists for decades refused to accept the Big Bang theory for fear that it might cause someone to believe in God.
Some reviewers have felt that it is false and misleading to link evolution to Nazism and that the Holocaust had many causes. Of course, this is not something which can be proven in a laboratory one way or the other, however I think that a strong argument can be made that had there never been a Darwin there would never have been an Auschwitz.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 3:49 PM