Responding to Expelled: Think First

I’ll be on an airplane this evening, so I won’t see Expelled until sometime later this weekend. But I’ll be eager to read the reports tomorrow morning.

Here is what I hope not to see on the ID/Christian blogs: “We’re right! They’re idiots!” Panda’s Thumb has been saying that kind of thing all along from its anti-ID perspective, and other media are tending to pick up that theme.

I’m calling on ID and Christian bloggers to watch the film with careful discernment. I don’t know how well the film will prove its intended point and I don’t know how well its dramatic construction will be. I do know this: if we love the way it’s presented (or not), and if we agree with most of what it says (or not), we do not have to take a unidimensional, black/white stance that says it’s all good or all bad. We can be watching for points where we can agree strongly, while staying alert for possible weak points or errors.

I hope to see thoughtful responses in the blogs. I hope also to see gracious ones as well, no matter how you good or bad you think the film proves to be.

Tom Gilson

Vice President for Strategic Services, Ratio Christi Lead Blogger at Thinking Christian Editor, True Reason BreakPoint Columnist

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2 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    Couldn’t agree more on that one, Tom.
    It has really been annoying to see the polarization of opinions of this movie from those who haven’t even seen it. Now that people can actually see it (and make informed commentary), I hope that there can be some thoughtful reviews.

    I won’t be seeing it too soon either, unfortunately. Being in N.Ireland, it probably won’t play here any time soon. I look forward to your review!

  2. SteveK says:

    Good advise, Tom. If the film is lousy or fails to make its point then I hope the ID supporters will be gracious enough to admit that it wasn’t a very good movie. If it’s a great movie then I hope they can still remain gracious in ‘victory’.

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