On Higgaion, Chris Heard, associate professor of Religion at Pepperdine University exposes how vacuous âExpelledâ really is. Remember how SciAm did a review of âExpelledâ and an interview with Mathis, associate producer of âExpelledâ. Knowing that whenever an Intelligent Design Creationist gets to speak, there will be some jewels, Chris shows how also in this instance, Mathis did not disappoint.
Ever wonder why people like Ken Miller or Francis Collins are not in âExpelledâ? Mathis explains by first disavowing himself of the decisions about who to interview
I would tell you this. And this is keeping in mind who youâre talking to is an associate producer. I donât make decisions about who gets interviewed, and, and I donât make decisions about if theyâre interviewed, what makes it into the film.
Then the real reason
But I would tell you from a, my personal standpoint as somebody whoâs worked on this project, that Ken Miller would have confused the film unnecessarily. I donât agree with Ken Miller. I think that you, I think that when you look at this issue and this debate, that really thereâs, thereâs one side of the line or the other, and you, itâs, itâs hard to stay, I donât think you can intellectually, honestly, honestly intellectually stand on a line that I donât think existsâ
Ken Miller would have confused the film unnecessarilyâ¦ And Rennie, the SciAm interviewer does not disappoint:
that somebody like Ken Miller is wrong. But I mean, you say he would have, his presence would have âconfused the film.â The point is what, it would actually had, I mean, it would have, it would have considerably undercut the major point that is made, that really that belief in, in evolution obliges you not to believe in God, and toâ
Things however get even better as Mathis continues to âargueâ that Ken Millerâs form of Catholicism is not Catholic enoughâ¦
Chris Heard says it all when he observes
Chris Heard Wrote:
What brazen arrogance of Mathis to declare that Ken Miller is not a âreal Catholicâ! What about Francis Collins? Is he not a âreal evangelicalâ? What about John Polkinghorne? Is he not a âreal Anglicanâ (ordinationâs not good enough)? To shift gears, what about the 11,196 (as of April 9, 2008) signatories to the Clergy Letter Project? Are active clergy not âreal Christiansâ? Or maybe Mathis would say that Lutherans, Nazarenes, Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Mennonites, Baptists, Disciples of Christ, Moravians, and the other âflavorsâ of Christians represented by those 11,196 signatures arenât âreal Christiansâ either? Getting back to Ken Miller, at least two popesâPius XII and John Paul IIâspecifically affirmed the compatibility of evolutionary biology and Catholic Christian faith (as long as special provisions were made for the direct divine production of human souls). Agreeing with two popes is hardly an aberrant in Catholicism.
and then brings home the main point
Chris Heard Wrote:
But to return to the main point: the real reason that folk like Miller and Collins find no place in Expelled is because they do âconfuseââthat is, complicateâthe simplistic and false dichotomy that the filmmakers wish to construct. When your whole schtick is to pit religious âdesign proponentsâ open to the supernatural against atheistic, philosophically materialist âDarwinists,â all those pesky scientists who simultaneously affirm evolutionary biology and a robust Christian faith become very, very inconvenient.