Thursday, December 11, 2008

Win Ben Stein's mind - Roger Ebert's Journal

This is a post on movie reviewer Roger Ebert's blog. Note that it is Ebert's response to an accusation:
I've been accused of refusing to review Ben Stein's documentary "Expelled," a defense of Creationism, because of my belief in the theory of evolution. Here is my response.

Win Ben Stein's mind - Roger Ebert's Journal

The blog entry is getting more responses than anything Ebert has ever written.

Why do creationists feel the need to discredit evolution? I think it is because they feel that their concept of morality would break down if people exist because of a so-called random process of evolution. They feel that morality is imposed from outside ourselves by God (external locus of control).

If evolution breaks the concept that people were created by God, then everything else in religion -morality included- breaks too.

But the concepts of evolution and a belief in God are not mutually exclusive. Mutually exclusive thinking is binary thinking.

Evolution is independent of belief in God. If you are a believer in God, evolution can be seen as the wonderfully complex method by which God created the world of living creatures.

With ecojoy, thinking is not binary but has many options of varying value.

With ecojoy, the locus of control is internal. When people use ecojoy to guide their actions, they have and act on an understanding of benefit and harm to themselves and others - a sense of morality.

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