The “religion” section of PuffHo reports the release of a new evolution-friendly film, “No dinosaurs in Heaven.” The theme sounds good:
The film, “No Dinosaurs in Heaven,” follows Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, down the Colorado River as she refutes creationist theories that the Grand Canyon is only a few thousand years old and shows evidence of the biblical flood.
It also charts the story of its director, Greta Schiller, as she studies to become a science teacher and is assigned a biology professor who refuses to teach evolution because of his religious beliefs.
But two things took the wind out of my sails. One was this statement by the director:
“I made the film to convey three major ideas,” Schiller said. The most important, she said, is “that science is a way to understand the natural world and is not inherently in conflict with a belief in God.”
Must they always try to sell evolution by showing that it’s down with Jesus? And what does not “inherently in conflict with a belief in God” mean? Doesn’t that depend on what kind of faith you hold?
And the other is a dreadful video clip inserted at the end of the PuffHo piece, which shows physicist, priest, and Templeton Prize winner John Polkinghorne pontificating about science and religion. I hope to God that this isn’t from the film! Perhaps PuffHo just added it at the end of the piece to show the amiability of science and faith. Nevertheless, the director’s “major idea” of showing how science comports with religion presages some dire accommodationism in “No dinosaurs in Heaven.”