Friday, February 21, 2014

Free Film: The War on Humans

31 minutes, 2014
Rating: 7/10

War highlights how the increasing denial of "human exceptionalism" - the understanding that mankind is special - is leading us down a weird and wacky path where we treat animals and plants better than people.

The one weakness of this documentary is that it never really explains why we should think humans are "exceptional" - it merely repeats that assertion using a number of synonyms such as us being "unique," and having "inherent human dignity." This is put out by the Discovery Institute, which is an Intelligent Design (ID) think tank. ID folks agree that we are designed, but they have agreed to disagree about just who that Designer might have been. That's why, in this documentary, they can't ground our unique worth in the fact that we are made in God's image, since they aren't willing to actually acknowledge God by name, giving Him the credit He is due.

So the documentary effectively points out the flaws and foibles that result when you deny human "exceptionalism" but can't firmly explain why we are indeed special.