by Richard Mansel
“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” is a documentary directed by Nathan Frankowski, written by Kevin Millar, Walt Rulof and Ben Stein. /1 Stein, noted actor, author and conservative columnist, also serves as the host.
The most controversial aspect of the film is the inclusion of the way Hitler interpreted Darwin. While Darwin likely would not have approved of all of Hitler’s actions, Hitler grew enamored with Darwinism. Culling the weak from the herd, Hitler sought to purify the German population and create a superior race of people. Natural selection was an impetus for his beliefs.
“In his biography, Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris, Ian Kershaw explains that ‘crude social-Darwinism’ gave Hitler ‘his entire political ‘world-view.’ Hitler, like lots of other Europeans and Americans of his day, saw Darwinism as offering a total picture of social reality. This view called ‘social Darwinism’ is a logical extension of Darwinian evolutionary theory and was articulated by Darwin himself. ‘The key elements in the ideology that produced Auschwitz are moral relativism aligned with a rejection of the sacredness of human life, a belief that violent competition in nature creates greater and lesser races, that the greater will inevitably exterminate the lesser, and finally that the lesser race most in need of extermination is the Jews. All but the last of these ideas may be found in Darwin’s writing.'”/2
Darwin’s writings also lead to the practice of eugenics. Frances Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin, founded eugenics. It employs the heinous practice of selective breeding and forced sterilizations of certain people to achieve racial purity. /3
“In America itself, between 1907 and 1958, in states including Indiana, California, and Washington, some 60,000 genetically ‘unfit’ persons were legally sterilized against their will. Germany took eugenics to the point of murder, euthanizing 70,000 of the unfit./4
A Yale study determined that “‘The comparative histories of the eugenical sterilization campaigns in the United States and Nazi Germany reveal important similarities of motivation, intent, and strategy.” /5
“In the pre-Nazi period, German eugenicists expressed admiration for American leadership in instituting sterilization programs and communicated with their American colleagues about strategies.”/6
The logical extensions of evolution are valid items for discussion. The cheapening of the human race is a key factor in many areas of human behavior. If man came from apes, he is no more than an animal like slugs or sloths and can behave as animals do. God, on the other hand, created us in his own image, giving man inestimable value (Genesis 1:27).
Stein hopes to create the possibility that freedom of thought can return to the discipline of science. Then scientists who currently fear recrimination can finally speak up. They can investigate the origins of the universe, wherever they lead, and then have their results subject to peer review, without fear of ostracism.
Finally, it was discouraging that calling oneself Christian does not inure one from ostracism for teaching intelligent design. Baylor, a private Baptist school, was one of the universities that fired a professor for mentioning intelligent design. Evolution is growing among the religious and it is indeed troubling.
Truth must be proclaimed and we need more in the church who will educate themselves in the areas of science so the theory of evolution can be refuted. /7 Moreover, we must never abandon Scripture because other men will be displeased. God created the universe and will be judging man on judgment day (Genesis 1-2; Revelation 20:11-15).