For those interested in creationism and the culture wars, I bring to your attention the forthcoming A Matter of Faith (trailer here). [And could someone explain to me how to post the trailer directly in my post?]
Several things fascinate me about this development, among which are:
(a) comments on the YouTube video are disabled, so there can be no debate about a movie which centers on a debate;
(b) this movie is produced and endorses by Answers In Genesis, which explicitly refused to endorse “God’s Not Dead” in their review of it (which comes through, in their terms, in the conflict between “evidential” and “presuppositional” apologetics);
(c) the same aesthetics as “God’s Not Dead” (on which, see here for a brilliant and nuanced assessment of how these kinds of films work);
(d) the culmination of the “teach the controversy” strategy. I found out earlier today that the pedagogy of “teach the controversy” was developed for dealing with conflicting interpretations of literary texts (source here). It fell to Paul Johnson to appropriate a pedagogical strategy perfectly suited for the humanities — “teach the controversy” — into the sciences. This leads to what strikes me as the right-wing version of Rorty’s collapse of the humanities/sciences distinction. This is the epistemic apocalypse — there is no knowledge, it’s all just “faith”. Which is kind of a bad thing for a culture with a knowledge-driven economy . . .