Last night Nancy and I had the privilege of watching an advance screening of Is Genesis History? It is showing at select theaters around the country this coming Thursday, and so what you need to do, as Neil Diamond once exhorted us—and who better to exhort on such an important matter than Neil?—is pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone go.
The movie is a documentary, so don’t go expecting explosions or motorcycles. But apart from that deficiency, as a documentary, it is quite engaging and intelligently done. Arguing for a recent creation of the earth, they tackle a subject that challenging in a way that was entirely up to the challenge. So there are three basic things I wanted to say in my commendation of the film. This is why I would like to encourage everybody involved to pack up everybody else, and just go. The film is worthwhile for three basic reasons.
First, the makers of this film understood how important it was to not be cheesy. The impression that well-trained secularists have of young earth creationists is that we are just two evolutionary mutations up from flat-earthers, and this film will do much to dispel that prejudice (for that is what it is, prejudice). What you will see is a long series of scientists and scholars with terminal degrees, pointing things out that are thunderously obvious if you would just look at them straight on. These scholars are all clothed and in their right minds, none of them jabbering, and all of them presenting arguments that cry out for engagement. If you have unbelieving friends who are willing to talk, this will give you plenty to talk about. And you won’t find yourself distracted from the main topic at hand (e.g. is any of this true?) by cheesy elements in the presentation. This is a good presentation, free from such distractions.
Second, the makers of this movie understand why the apologetic for young earth creation needs to emphasize Genesis 6 before Genesis 1. Make no mistake—both are the word of God, and both need to be affirmed in the most robust ways possible. But the world around us, the world we are invited to investigate, the world we actually see, is the world that was shaped by the Flood. If you consider sedimentary layers of rock that cover a significant portion of the United States, or the fossil record, and try to fit it into Genesis 1 and 2, and you will find yourself thinking that God must have created all these rock layers and fossil bones as a false flag operation, designed to test our faith.
But the fact is that we have no way of knowing what creatio ex nihilo looks like. We do know how sedimentary rocks form, and we do know how canyons are cut, and we do know how rapidly it can happen. And this means that flood geology provides us with startling evidence against uniformitarianism. This movie spends a good deal of time on that startling evidence. A layer of sedimentary rock covering much of our continent is a photograph of a flood, and it is a photograph of a flood of at least that size. Right? Just as you can’t have basalt without volcanoes, so also you can’t have sedimentary rock without water. And you can’t have that much sediment without a lot of water. A lot of water is what we call, out here in the provinces, a flood.
And third, this movie sees clearly the foundational nature of the early chapters of Genesis. You cannot jettison it and keep the rest. There are those who believe they can wave a figurative language wand over the first chapters of Genesis, but it is not really possible. For many reasons, the first chapters of Genesis are the cornerstone for most of the elements of the Christian faith. The whole thing stands or falls here. This crucial truth is grasped and wonderfully expressed in this movie.
As Michael Bull once expressed it, somewhat mildly: “It’s not that I hate Christian academics who don’t believe Genesis. I just think they are devils who should be publicly beaten with rods.” Allowing for some Australian overstatement, there is no mistaking the fact that Genesis is crucial, and the historicity of Genesis is equally crucial.
Check this movie out.