- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 13, 2009

A group of creationists decided they’d choose a creative way to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday and the 150th anniversary of his most famous book, “On the Origin of Species.”

Knowing that pro-Darwin feature films — such as “Creation” released in September in London — were in the making, the creationists tapped the Birmingham, Ala.-based Erwin Brothers filmmakers to produce an anti-Darwin film to be released close to Nov. 24, the 150th anniversary date of the evolutionist’s book.

The film was geared to counter an expected “unprecedented onslaught of pro-evolutionary propaganda as the major media and leaders of academia heap praise on Charles Darwin, the patron saint of evolutionism,” executive producer Doug Phillips said.

It is called “The Mysterious Islands,” after the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, which Darwin visited as a 26-year-old in 1835. That life-changing experience led him to form his theory of evolution.

“For the followers of Charles Darwin, the Galapagos archipelago is the spiritual homeland to their evolutionary faith,” Mr. Phillips said. “Our film — shot on ground zero of evolutionism — will be a counteroffensive to the Darwin adulation that blows holes in the conclusions he formed while observing the wonder-filled creatures that inhabit the Galapagos Islands.”

The Galapagos is an Edenic place where many of the animals show no fear of humans and where five ocean currents merge. Mr. Phillips led a team of scientists — along with his 16-year-old son — there to determine, he said, whether the place is an exhibit for evolution or divine creation. Although he refused to divulge the full cost of his project, just getting the permits to film there, he said, cost $10,000.

Being that the team was made up of Christians, the outcome of their trip was preordained. But it seemed a creative way to counter a prevailing ideology of our time by actually going to its originating point. The filmmakers did a great job capturing underwater photography of white-tip sharks, plus close-ups of salt-spitting lizards, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants accompanied by a suspenseful “Raiders of the Lost Ark”-style soundtrack.

The film touches on the same creatures — such as finches — that Darwin profiled but reaches different conclusions on how they came about. Darwin thought that all life evolved from simple organisms like seashells and that he knew the scientific mechanism by which they did so.

The film argued that new kinds of animals are not formed through mutation nor the passing of millions of years but that information stored in animals’ genes — by God — allows them to adapt to different circumstances.

One watches scenes from these beautiful islands laced with factoids linking evolutionary theory to Adolf Hitler and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who saw some races as being more evolved than others — which led to selective breeding, the “Aryan race” and the killing of 6 million Jews.

It was pointed out that science fiction writer H.G. Wells, who studied under Darwin disciple T.H. Huxley, became an atheist when he accepted evolution, saying he could no longer believe the book of Genesis. And if Genesis — which details the creation and fall of mankind — is in error, so is the idea that humans need a savior to redeem them from that fall.

“Darwin’s thinking was expressly a rejection of the biblical Christian account of origins,” Mr. Phillips said. “His work is based on the survival of the fittest; that is, the survival of races. It was applied to social theory and social engineering. If there is no transcendent God guiding the origin of life, that has implications for everything.”

Julia Duin’s Stairway to Heaven column runs on Sundays and Thursdays. Contact her at jduin@washingtontimes.com.

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