Ben Stein – Creationist Of The Month

Ben Stein

I offically declare Ben Stein as May’s creationist of the month. He earns his position for his ignorance and sleazy behavior.

In Expelled: The Movie, Ben Stein attempts to draw a link between Charles Darwin and the Holocaust by misreading a quote from Darwin’s famous book The Descent Of Man. Scientific America Magazine explains with an article:

One of the many egregious moments in the new Ben Stein anti-evolution film “Expelled” is the truncation of a quote from Charles Darwin so that it makes him appear to give philosophical ammunition to the Nazis.

Here is Ben Stein quote-mining Darwin in the movie Expelled:

“With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination. We build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.”

Now here’s is the rest of Charles Darwin’s words, the part Stein conveniently left out:

“The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of the instinct of sympathy, which was originally acquired as part of the social instincts, but subsequently rendered, in the manner previously indicated, more tender and more widely diffused. Nor could we check our sympathy, even at the urging of hard reason, without deterioration in the noblest part of our nature. The surgeon may harden himself whilst performing an operation, for he knows that he is acting for the good of his patient; but if we were intentionally to neglect the weak and helpless, it could only be for a contingent benefit, with an overwhelming present evil.

The Descent Of Man is a thick book, perhaps too thick for Ben Stein’s thick head. He might not have had the discipline to read it in full. Or maybe he didn’t edit the quote himself, he could have just read it that way from a script. Either way it looks bad, really bad. Ben Stein is either too lazy to pick up a book, or he’s a prositute-puppet, who says anything for money. Congratulations to Ben Stein for being creationist of the month, he’s earned it.

P.S. I recommend The Descent Of Man to anyone interested in evolution or the history of science. I read it last summer. It’s truly fascinating. The Penguin Classics Edition has a great introduction. Also, check out the complete works of Charles Darwin online. 



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6 responses to “Ben Stein – Creationist Of The Month

  1. Julie

    Evolution is ONLY A THEORY, not fact. Both creationism and evolution require faith to believe them. Settle down, debate (even in the scientific community), I would think, is healthy.

  2. beneficii


    Yeah, because catching outright sleazy creationists is just a no-go.

    Creationism doesn’t have a leg to stand on and the evidence for evolution is overwhelming.

  3. Derek

    I must agree with Julie that evolution is not a fact.

    It’s trillions and trillions of facts!

  4. Skeptic

    >>>>>>>>Evolution is ONLY A THEORY, not fact.

    So is the THEORY of gravity and the THEORY or electromagnetism.

    Care jumping out of the 30th-story window while holding on to a live car battery?

    I heard nothing will happen to you if you don’t BELIEVE in those theories.

    They’re just THEORIES, after all.

  5. Sandra Frazier

    god created the heavens and the earth and all that is within,that includes the mind. God blessed you with a beautiful mind use it for righteousness. Check it out you have nothing to be afraid of.

  6. Thurston Howell III

    The author of this “review” is a fucking idiot. Ben Stein has a Ph.D. in economics and is one of the more intelligent and thoughtful people you could ever meet. He doesn’t oppose evolution, you dumbass, he opposes the idea that you can’t question evolution or propose intelligent design without being branded as an outcast. Evolution in no way, shape or fashion, explains creation of the universe, at all….never has, never will. It merely explains the mechanism by which the current set of animal and plant species on this one little planet, developed in response to their environment. As Stein rightly points out, where did the “stuff” from which the Big Bang emanated come from, if it wasn’t “created” at some point? Science tells us that the universe is finite, meaning it had a starting point, and the so-called Big Bang Theory is the scientific response. Well, you can’t have a “bang” of nothing from nothing, so something had to exist, or be “created” at some point. Scientists discussing it usually gloss over the point by saying the Big Bang occurred in some kind of “primordial soup”, again, requiring that “primordial soup” to already exist (contrary to the scientific notion of a finite universe) or to have been created (which can only be explained by either Inteligent Design or Creationism.

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