Joined: Oct. 2006
Stein on the The 700 Club lays it all bare:
Robertson: Is this something in your heart? I mean were you just an actor for this movie?
Stein Oh no no no, its very much in my heart. I've always questioned Darwinism because darwinism leads to Social Darwinism, the belief that some races are superior to other races, and that the superior races have it as their moral duty to eliminate the lesser races, and that means my fellow Jews, and of course African Americans, Indians, Aborigines - just kill them, they're worthless the only people that count are the master race like the Germans or the Danes.
And, there could have been no Holocaust without Darwinism, that's my view. So I've always had my suspicions about Darwinism.
But Darwinism explains so little. It doesn't explain how life began. It doesn't explain how gravity works to keep the planets in their orbits. It doesn't explain how thermodynamics works. It doesn't explain how physics and the laws of motion work.
And you know I saw that scientist you had up on the TV before I came on, who said it's been tested and restested...
No one has ever observed the evolution of a single mammalian species. They've observed evolution within species, but a new species, no one has ever been able to observe that or find fossil record of it.
Robertson: Why do they try to suppress it, that was the theme of your movie, Expelled!, that one man was expelled from a teaching position...
Stein Oh! More than one! Dozens! Dozens and dozens have been expelled or lost their grants or been humiliated for even mentioning the possibility there could be an intelligent designer in the universe, who created the universe, and created the heavens and the earth.
And I think people want to suppress the idea of an intelligent designer - I call the intelligent designer God - because they think if there's a God, I'm going to be held morally accountable. If there is no God, if it all happens by accident, random mutation and natural selection, I'm not responsible, I'm just a creature of my genes. But if there is a God, I'm morally responsible, I'm in deep trouble here.
Robertson: But this is pervasive, what that movie showed, pervasive right across the academe.
Stein Oh, very pervasive. If you were to stand up, if you are say an assistant professor at Harvard, and you stood up and said, "You know we have no evidence for how life began, a perfectly reasonable hypothesis is that there is an intelligent designer, always was and always will be, and he created life," you would be out of there on your ear so fast it would be insane. If you were on a Ford Foundation grant and you said, ah, "We don't know how the planets stay in their orbits, we don't know how light beams began, we don't know how energy began, we don't know how matter began. A perfectly reasonable hypothesis is that there is an intelligent designer." You'd loose your grant like that [snaps fingers].
Robertson: Well why? There is, you know, they said we see that scientists created some test tubes and they put some amino acids and they played electricity on it and therefore we had some primitive cells but that, that...
Stein They didn't get it, they had no life at all. You see, Darwin never hypothesized about how life began, and he said, maybe, possibly there were organic elements and lightning struck them, that was the only thing he ever said, that was in a letter to someone. But people have run electricity through every kind of inorganic compound you can mention, and they NEVER get life from it. Never, ever ever. So that doesn't work.
Life didn't come from a mud puddle; life came, it seems fairly clear to me, from an intelligent designer. But I'm willing to agree I could be wrong, I'm often wrong. I'm very often wrong. But give us free speech. Give us free speech. Don't fire us because we question a doctrine that doesn't even mention - I mean, Darwin didn't mention astrology, astronomy rather. Darwin didn't mention physics. Why can't we question whether Darwinism accounts for those things too?
Robertson: You can't be a true scientist unless you do.
Stein You have to try do disprove your own theory if you're a real scientist.
Myth: Something that never was true, and always will be.
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