Teenage Conflict (1960)

Donna and Joe are two clean-cut American white kids who love science. In fact, dangerously so, as their love of the rational explanation for why things are is starting to get in the way of their love for God.

Joe is pretty smart. How smart? The dude made a satellite tracker in his bedroom, which seems advanced for 2020, much less sixty years ago when Family Films made this movie.

It seems like Donna and Joe want to apply the scientific method to their study of God, an act which offends nearly everyone in their youth group. But what will Dr. George Cooper, a science geek made good, think? Even better, he’s such a big start that when he comes to town, he’s going to be sleeping in their house, which suggests to me that being a big star in science is much like being in a well-known doom metal band or an indy pro wrestler. You might get recognized at Dollar General, but you’re still going to have to find a couch to crash on.

Guess what? The doctor turns out to be a Christian and he easily explains away the fact that he can believe in something that can’t be seen or quantified by saying, “Well then, just because science can’t measure things like love, faith and hope doesn’t mean they aren’t real.”

The funny thing is science has totally shown that they can measure emotions and their impact on the human mind, but let’s not be rude right now. Let’s get back to discussing this film.

Obviously, the geek in charge of the science club, a doubter named Sid, is going to pay tomorrow when he thinks Dr. George is on his side. Keep in mind that Sid has been pretty even-handed throughout this film. He’s going to burn in hell.

For some reason, there’s also a subplot when the kids’ mom might have cancer and it’s never resolved. Nothing is, other than the fact the kids feel bad for potentially believing that science has all the answers.

I love these movies more than I can explain. Every time I watch them, my wife comes into the room and just stares at me, wondering what message I am getting from them. I don’t know the answer myself.

You can watch this on YouTube. It’s also on the Internet Archive.

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