Is Genesis History?

My wife and I just returned from a trip to the theater, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the documentary, Is Genesis History? This movie was publicized to be in theaters one night only for a 7pm showing, so I sent out some invites, hoped it would be a great success, and I’m pleased to say that it was! The theater was packed. In fact, there had been such a demand for tickets that it was shown on a second screen at the same time. And the audience served up plenty of applause at the end.

This movie delves into the creation of the universe from a Biblical perspective and responds to the naturalistic claims of evolution. The host, Del Tackett, introduced over a dozen scientists and scholars to the audience, showing how various fields of science support a young earth. Scientists from the fields of biology, astronomy, geology and archaeology provided evidence that the earth and universe are young, and that humans were created, not evolved.

I was already familiar with many of the issues presented, but one thing I really liked was the visual representation. Tackett walked us through the Grand Canyon and Mt. Saint Helens, showed us the geologic layers, introduced us to various fossils and organisms, peered into space and time, and, in the end, I left in awe of God’s creation.

One new thing I learned was the fourth dimension of DNA, which is time. It turns out that our DNA can change shape in response to stimulus; if we become sick, our DNA changes to fight the attackers, then returns to its original shape once the threat has been eliminated. This type of response doesn’t result from millions of years of trial and error. Time and chance are not a magic wand for evolution.

Another point was a rejection of the evolutionary belief that the present is the key to the past. Evolutionists observe present day processes and assume the world has always operated this way in the past. So it was assumed that the Colorado River carved out the Grand Canyon over millions of years. However, we’ve learned from geologic processes occurring within our lifetime- like the volcanic eruption at Mt. Saint Helens- that one can’t simply observe the present and understand the past; instead, if we accept that God has revealed his creation and the history of the universe, then the past becomes the key to the present. This means we can use the principles of science to piece together the missing pieces of the puzzle, giving us a better understanding of the world we live in.

Something else I really enjoyed was, once the documentary was over, Tackett rounded up some of the scientists for a panel discussion, and they did a wonderful job tying up loose ends. My concern with the movie was that it covered so much information in such a short amount of time that it couldn’t explain everything in depth; it was enough to wet our appetite, but not enough time to satisfy someone looking for technical details. Therefore, the panelists urged viewers to consider just a few areas of interest and search the creationist organizations (Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis) for information at the technical level they can handle. And lastly they encouraged young people who love science to enter a field they’re passionate about and excel because it’s a great time to be in science.

As the movie becomes available, don’t hesitate to check it out!

(Edit: There will be a special Encore Showing on March 2, 2017, so be sure to check showtimes in your area).

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