In Genesis: Paradise Lost, seminary dean and cultural apologist Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr. narrates a CGI look at the creation of the world out of nothing by a Creator God who lovingly crafted life for humanity to prosper. In a collaboration between Answers in Genesis and Creation Today, the film juxtaposes incredible computer-generated visuals of Genesis with remarks from a panel of speakers, scientists, and pastors. On November 13 and 16, the film will hit cinemas as a 2D and 3D movie only as a Fathom Event.
The film has captured the visuals to accompany a strong message about the importance of understanding Creation as the work of a loving God with intention, or design. Working from the conceit that the world is either created on purpose or by chance, the film intends to show that recognizing God’s unique design is important not only to understanding history but also examining humanity’s self-worth.
The film lays out the list of expert doctors that it will provide for the audience in the beginning: Andrew Fabich, Charles Jackson, Danny Faulkner, David Menton, Georgia Purdom, Jeremy Lyon, John Baumgardner, Terry Mortenson, and Tommy Mitchell. What it doesn’t do is align the names of each of these experts with their actual time on screen. This is problematic from a follow-up perspective for those seeking to explore these proposals, because there are also ‘popular speakers’ interspersed amongst the biological or Scriptural experts like Ken Ham and Ray Comfort, whose credentials are different.
The film itself is well-edited, and makes serious arguments for its subject matter. It seems obvious that understanding where humanity came from impacts where humanity goes from here! It’s entertaining and thought-provoking. But at times, the variety of presenters strays into ridiculing those who don’t agree with them, and rather than actually setting up a conversation and encouraging further Scriptural or scientific study, it settles for knocking down straw man arguments who can’t fight back.
Ultimately, the film would provide a stronger case for intelligent design if it provided reference to the Scripture on screen that it takes for granted, and more than casual attribution of the scientific expertise that is added at the end. These speakers have spent decades exploring science and Scripture that the average lay person accepts as fact; allowing for follow-up would only serve to deepen their faith.
In the end, hopefully Genesis: Paradise Lost will serve as a launching point for audiences seeking to understand their own humanity and the love of God better, by turning them to Scripture and prayer within an informed body of believers.