Featuring over a dozen scientists and explaining how the world intersects with Genesis, Is Genesis History? is a fascinating look at our origins hosted by Dr. Del Tackett, creator of "The Truth Project," as he hikes through canyons, climbs mountains, and dives beneath the sea exploring two competing views - one compelling truth.
Is Genesis History? was initially released in theaters on over 700 screens as a Fathom Event on February 3, 2017, a release that was so popular that it was followed by two encore showings in early March. Now, Is Genesis History? is being released on home video including DVD/Blu-ray, digital streaming/download, and church group/license formats.
As is openly acknowledged throughout Is Genesis History?, the film itself is a primer into the growing area of creation science, a fairly modern scientific branch providing scientific support for the Genesis creation narrative in ways that are, perhaps not surprisingly, controversial for many yet also increasingly popular amongst those who seek to maintain their faith while weaving into it scientific facts.
There is never any question in Is Genesis History? that the summary conclusion of those gathered with Dr. Tackett is that "Yes, Genesis is history." Dr. Tackett has woven into the fabric of the film a number of scientific voices who embrace creation science including Geologist Steven Austin, PhD, Paul Nelson, PhD, Hebraist Steven Boyd, PhD, Geologist Andrew Snelling, PhD, Paleontologists Kurt Wise, PhD, and Marcus Ross, PhD, Taphonomist Arthur Chadwick, PhD, Microbiologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, Marine Biologist Robert Carter, PhD, Biologist Todd Wood, PhD, Astronomer Danny Faulkner, PhD, Archaeologist Douglas Petrovich, PhD, and Pastor George Grant, PhD. This approach, of heavyloading the world of academia into the discussion that unfolds in Is Genesis History? is unquestionably intentional, though much to the credit of those presenting the material is presented in a largely accessible way with fundamental explanations of each area that could easily be a documentary unto themselves.
It's likely not surprising that Is Genesis History? will resonate most deeply with Christians and, in particular, those for whom the basic concepts behind creation science, including an acceptance of Biblical inerrancy, are already part of the accepted theological foundation.
Is Genesis History? is presented in a well ordered yet fairly straightforward manner with Dr. Tackett moving very smoothly from topic-to-topic and from interviewee to interviewee. The film's lensing is pristine and original music by Kurt Heinecke companions the film quite nicely and provides some spark for material that can, if we're being honest, be rather dry at times.
Is Genesis History? is, perhaps more than anything, an effective tool for creating a dialogue around issues that have captivated humanity for centuries and will likely continue to do so. While Dr. Tackett's position is never in question throughout the film's 101 minute running time, the material is presented in such a way that each section of the film leaves open room for questions, answers, further research and, I'd dare say, even doubt. Again, in many ways this is a primer and much of the information presented is still in its infancy of development.
The home video package for Is Genesis History? includes a nearly 15-minute Q&A involving three of the key persons involved in the film, again moderated by Dr. Tackett, and the entire running time is 118 minutes.
Due to the complexity of the material covered, Is Genesis History? is recommended for those ages 12 and up. While there's nothing in the film remotely offensive, unless perhaps you're a science geek and creation science irritates you, children under the age of 12 may have trouble with the concepts and, as well, the material is presented in such a way that it's unlikely to hold their attention.
Is Genesis History?, regardless of your beliefs and/or agreement/disagreement, would be a strong presentation for a Sunday School class as the film contains the kind of material that falls into the "I've always wanted to ask, but didn't want to be embarrassed" category. You may be in strong agreement or disagreement, but the basic themes of creation, origins and the age of the earth are important topics that all persons of faith should be able to discuss and have clarity on one's own personal beliefs.
For more information on the Is Genesis History?, visit the film's official website.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic