Review: ‘Genesis: Paradise Lost’ makes a case for Biblical creation
Nov. 13 saw the release of “Genesis: Paradise Lost,” a unique film depicting the account of creation as recorded in the Bible in Genesis 1. The film defends the biblical creation paradigm in science, challenging Darwinian evolution.
The film interchanges between 3D animation of Genesis 1 and documentary-style interviews with scientists. As Voddie Baucham reads the biblical account, computer-simulated graphics depict the events of the universe’s creation.
These segments of the film are visually spectacular. Some are so realistic they appear as if they are live-action, rather than animation.
From the creation of the sun, moon, stars and planets to Adam and Eve exploring the beautiful paradise of the newly-created Earth, the scenes make the viewer feel as if they have traveled back to the creation week.
Even the interviews are visually engaging. Filmed against the backdrop of the top-quality exhibits of the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky, the interview segments flow seamlessly with the animation of Genesis 1. Additional animation illustrates concepts as the experts explain them.
One such expert is Charles Jackson, a science educator who holds four degrees.
Others include Georgia Purdom, who earned her Ph.D. in molecular genetics at The Ohio State University; David Menton, who earned his Ph.D. in cell biology at Brown University; and John Baumgardner, who earned his Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics at UCLA.
Another scientist featured is Danny Faulkner, an astronomer who was chair of the University of South Carolina’s Division of Math, Science, Nursing, and Public Health before joining Answers in Genesis, a creation apologetics organization.
Faulkner explains how findings in astronomy, such as spiral galaxies, the lifespans of comets, and evidences of young planets confirm the biblical account.
Also in the film is Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter – a recreation of Noah’s Ark and an award-winning tourist destination.
Ham is a well-known for his debates with Bill Nye (both of which are on YouTube) at the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.
These and other experts tackle topics such as ape-men and natural selection, radiometric dating and the age of the earth, and dinosaurs and the fossil record.
They also say that Darwinian evolution violates laws of science, including the laws of thermodynamics in physics and the law of biogenesis in biology.
The movie, which was crowd-funded, was shown in theaters nationwide on Nov. 13 and 16. I went to both showings at a theater in Rockaway, and they were well-attended. The movie has five-star reviews on the internet, and recently gained an encore showing, which will take place on Dec. 11.
The controversy over our origins is one of the most relevant issues of our day, because from it stem fundamental questions about morality and meaning. Ultimately, the debate is over this question: Can the Bible be trusted in this scientific age?
As Faulkner states: “Really we only have two possibilities: We just happened, or, Somebody made us.” If the latter is true, —that is, if the Bible’s account of God creating us is factual history— then the Bible is credible and authoritative. And consequently, so is its message that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)
That reason alone makes “Genesis: Paradise Lost” worth seeing and considering.
News Editor’s Note: I worked at the Creation Museum during the summer of 2017. However, I am not a spokesperson for the organization, and all views expressed in this article which not stated in “Genesis: Paradise Lost” are strictly mine. They do not necessarily reflect those of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, or the Ark Encounter.