Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CUTAWAYS

Here’s a little something from 2001’s The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra to waste a minute and a half of your life on.

Ah, we make fun of the scientists around here sometimes, because… well, some of them just make it so darn easy don’t they? Especially those who still cling to Darwin’s flawed brand of the theory of evolution for no other apparent reason than combating us numbskull Christians. How else do you explain doofus statements like that of Richard Dawkins when he said, “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”?

Wrong, you sad nitwit. As the Catechism makes clear, we Christians just believe that “by themselves [science and technology] cannot disclose the meaning of existence and of human progress.” The MEANING, get it? If I want to UNDERSTAND how my air conditioner works, I’ll turn to science. If I want to know what it MEANS that I’m actually here to sit in my air conditioned home, I’ll turn to God. Is that distinction really so hard to grasp? Perhaps the Darwinists are just following the example of their hero. As George Sim Johnston, contributing editor to CRISIS, wrote in 1996, “Darwin's real motive, as revealed by notebooks not published until the 1970s, was to get rid of a Creator, a motive he shares with modern cosmologists like Hawking and Steven Weinberg.”

Unfortunately for them, their main problem in promoting a creator-less universe is turning out to be, ironically, science. Johnston notes, “When Einstein formulated the General Theory of Relativity, which deals with gravity and the curvature of space, he was perturbed that his equations showed an expanding universe, which points to its beginning. So he introduced a fudge factor, the "cosmological constant," to keep the cosmos static. He later called this "the biggest mistake of my life." When Edwin Hubble, the American astronomer, published data in 1931 showing that the universe was indeed expanding, Einstein finally accepted "the need for a beginning." When in 1964 two scientists from Bell Labs accidentally discovered the three-degree background radiation throughout the entire universe, which can only be explained as a remnant of a super-heated Big Bang, modern cosmology came of age - and found Catholic metaphysics and theology waiting there all along.”

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I knew he was a nogoodnik when I saw him not wearing a hat. If he had been wearing a hat, he'd have been the sort of character who has some answer (even if it's only part of the truth) to the question, "Why do you want to go there?"

So, at the end of this movie, does the Cadavra get its lost skeleton back, or what?

Smiter the Archdeacon

Scott W. said...

Man that was some brutal dialog to endure for the payoff. :)

LarryD said...

What Scott W. said.

EegahInc said...

"So, at the end of this movie, does the Cadavra get its lost skeleton back, or what?"

Actually, the sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, comes out this year, so I guess I won't know until then.

As for the dialog, I suppose it probably wouldn't ease the pain much to mention they were doing it on purpose?

PaperSmyth said...

Well, I think they use bigger words in the "Ranger Gord" segments of The Red Green Show. (Maybe that's what Scott meant?)
Scientists only ask for directions in movies. Maybe that was your point anyway?! They don't ask for directions about anything. (Exploring scientists would carry a compass in "real life," right? But what if their "moral compass" broken?)

Scott W. said...

As for the dialog, I suppose it probably wouldn't ease the pain much to mention they were doing it on purpose?

That thought occured to me, but then again, I recently watched MST3K's The Wild Wild World of Batwoman, and had weakened tolerance even for self-aware corniness. Wow WWWoB was horrible even for that show.

EegahInc said...

No love for Batwoman? Ah well, maybe that new fangled red haired lesbian one they have running around in the comics these days will be good for a laugh or two.