There is a crucial moment in the film where Dave discovers an awful truth that he describes thus: "Everybody cheats. I just didn't know." His world turns upside down. It is a wonderful coming-of-age movie, able to stand up to more famed films like American Graffiti in that genre. I suppose they are my two favorite such movies. Perhaps it is because I spent much of my childhood in a town much like Bloomington but nevertheless as a teenager lived out much of that fateful night in Graffiti. Our city had a "merry-go-round" where we drove our cars and showed off our girlfriends to onlookers or else hoped to attract new girlfriends with our shiny waxed and Thrush-rumbling jacked-up dual-exhausted rides. Ah, memories...
Part of the theme of Breaking Away and in fact many movies is the loss of faith. There is a point where Dave Stoller loses faith. There was a point in my life when I lost faith. In my case, my faith was in myself and my ability to reason and thereby figure out the meaning of life on my own. When I lost that faith I decided to simply live to party and please myself until the day that I died. Then God found me. Then I discovered that faith in God was more than simply a belief system, it was Truth.
Now I have an unshakable faith in God that has been tried and tested in the fires of trial and tribulation and logic and the various assaults of Darwinists. It turns out that Creationism is far better science than Darwinism and the artificial insertion of mandatory naturalism not only in investigation but ALSO HYPOTHESES AND CONCLUSIONS has handicapped science and brought on Scientism! But I have also made an interesting observation. Darwinists have incredible faith! In fact, they must have the greatest faith of any believers on the face of the planet. They believe in UM! Consider the following:
- They believe in an Universe that begins without a cause agent.
- They believe in logical laws of science formed within a Universe that came from random chance.
- They believe that information has formed all by itself.
- They believe that life has formed all by itself.
- They believe that sentience has formed randomly within mankind for no discernable reason whatever.
- They believe that evolution has converted muck into mankind with no design or intentionality involved.
I could go on and on. Those assertions of Darwin that birthed Darwinism were made by a man who himself agreed that, if there was no continuum of transitional fossils following the Cambrian Explosion or if there was no continuum of primitive organisms found within the fossil record before that layer then his hypothesis would be a failure. So if there was a 21st Century Charles Darwin I believe he would deny his own hypothesis and with good reason.
While random commenters try in vain to bog me down with an attempt at putting ice cores and radiometric dating and tree rings together to define a precise age of the Earth, I point out to them that their hypothesis has no foundation and their emperor has no clothes. The fossil record is catastrophic, not uniformitarian. There is no standard geologic column. There are numerous polystrates, megagbreccias, out-of-order layers and anomalous fossils to completely destroy the fossil record as a foundation to Darwinism. Organisms are miraculously preserved in great quantities (a sign of near-instant anaerobic burial), quantities of organisms that are fully developed and not transitional forms. A look within organisms shows design and information far more sophisticated than man is capable of reproducing. The Universe is finite and Darwinists have no answer for a causation. Well, they have answers but they are pitiful and illogical in the extreme.
Richard Sternberg was fired from the Smithsonian Institute for daring to present Dr. Stephen C Meyer's peer-reviewed paper, “The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories” in the Smithsonian's Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington (volume 117, no. 2, pp. 213-239).
Sternberg was fired, but not by UM. Bureaucrats fearing the ruling paradigm got him out of the place before he "infected: everyone, as if Intelligent Design was like rock and roll dancing and the Smithsonian was about to become Footloose? Ironically, the Christians are the censors, the rigid controllers of the accepted order in the movie but in real life IT IS THE ATHEISTS!!!
So UM is apparently so weak and helpless that mortal men dare not dissent lest other mortal men punish you for your transgression. UM has not been demonstrated to have any actual power itself - Unless you consider being a stand-in for God and a step on the road to Hell to be of significance. So I suppose I must admit that UM has some power. Like the power of the emptiness of the pothole that pops your tire or the lack of gasoline in your tank that leaves you stranded out on a country road - that kind of power. UM is the bridge that is not there when you want to cross the river or the missing lifeboat you seek when the ship is sinking. If that is power, then UM does have a kind of power. Just not the kind I want.
There is a brilliant blog named Buy The Truth. I think that the August 1, 2011 post is fantastic and I hope you go read it. In fact I will probably post it soon. For now I will simply post an excerpt from the beginning and a comment in response to a man who believes the number 23 explains everything:
…underlying everything that surrounds us, from the natural world to the cities we live in, there is a hidden code that explains why things look and behave they way they do.
[This hidden code (‘The Code’)] has the power to unlock the laws that govern the universe.
The Code is the truth of the universe, and its numbers dictate the way the world must be.
- Bill Watterson
Funny thing, the Christians I know, most of them, can have a LOT of fun. Practical jokes, complicated pranks, impromptu games of all kinds, goofy youth group stunts, scavenger hunts, etc. We go dancing and do karaoke and go to ball games and enjoy the occasional alcoholic beverage. We chase kids around with biffers and turn out the lights and hide from them. We play blind volleyball and strobe light volleyball. We always have a great Christmas party for the youth staff with the highlight being the white elephant gift ritual where people can steal gifts or open new ones. You might get a $80 dollar collectible or you might get a hideous copper and corkboard wall plaque your wife and friends require you to keep on the wall for a year's time. Christians that I know understand we are free to cut loose and celebrate living. Oh, and we also know Who made the Universe and why He made it. Just ask...