Creation Today is a literalist Christian ministry now headed by Eric Hovind, and was founded by his father Kent Hovind, now serving ten years in the federal penitentiary for tax evasion and other charges. And now they’ve gotten into the creationist movie business.
As The Blaze reports, as of October Hovind’s crowdsourced funding efforts met their initial goal of $150,000, and hope for another $100,000 so they can ramp up the “special effects” and ensure a wider distribution.
The Blaze also reported, in a separate piece several months ago, some information about this movie, which I think is the first creationist movie to be made in 3D:
Hovind is calling the movie a “bold statement,” telling TheBlaze this week in an e-mail interview that he wants viewers to experience the creation story in a very personal way — so personal, in fact, that they actually feel like they were there when it happened (hence the 3D effects).
“Genesis 3D will bring to life the Genesis account as it has never been done before,” he said. “And not just with great visual effects, but also up to date scientific research from leading experts in biblical creation.”
“Scientific research from leading experts in biblical creation”? If there’s been such research, and it’s supported creationism (as opposed to just mining and criticizing the literature supporting evolution), I don’t know about it.
Many scientists, atheists and others who embrace evolutionary theory and who reject the Bible’s take on creation will be less-than-thrilled with the project, especially considering it’s literal look at the world’s formation. But Hovind believes that there is plenty of scientific research to support the “truth,” which he claims is rooted in the creationist message.
“The new Genesis 3D Movie is thrilled to be working with some of the leading scientists and theologians in the Creation movement,” Hovind continued. “Renowned ministries like Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research have expressed their enthusiasm to lend their PhD power to Genesis 3D.”
I wonder if their “PhD power” can outweigh ours. We have MORE PhDs! At any rate, the movie seems to be more or less what you expect: the lame arguments for ex nihilo creationism:
Hovind and his team claim that they have spent years looking at the creation issue and the film will be the perfect opportunity to add perspective to the ongoing debate. “Genesis 3D” will essential corroborate the reasons why he believes Christians are justified in taking the Bible’s creation account literally.
“Those who dismiss the Bible will need to reconsider their position upon experiencing Genesis 3D,” he added, also claiming that the film will be a major barrier for evolutionary enthusiasts. “[The film] directly confronts the lie of evolution which has so permeated our culture.”
And for those like the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), who maintain in the face of all data that there’s no connection between science and atheism, or that science and religion are compatible, have a look at this:
Evolution, Hovind believes, has separated people from embracing God and the Bible. So, rather than sit back and complain, he’s set out to come up with a purported solution that will surely spark debate.
For Hovind—unlike the NCSE, the National Academy of Sciences, and other organizations who argue that there’s no antagonism between science and religion—knows fullwell that learning real evolution, or even the methods of science themselves, instill a form of doubt that ultimately makes people question their faith. A survey by the Barna Group—an evangelical Christian polling firm—distilled five years of research into “Six reasons young Christians leave the church.” Here’s one of them:
Reason #3 – Churches come across as antagonistic to science.
One of the reasons young adults feel disconnected from church or from faith is the tension they feel between Christianity and science. The most common of the perceptions in this arena is “Christians are too confident they know all the answers” (35%). Three out of ten young adults with a Christian background feel that “churches are out of step with the scientific world we live in” (29%). Another one-quarter embrace the perception that “Christianity is anti-science” (25%). And nearly the same proportion (23%) said they have “been turned off by the creation-versus-evolution debate.” Furthermore, the research shows that many science-minded young Christians are struggling to find ways of staying faithful to their beliefs and to their professional calling in science-related industries.
It’s a science-y world we live in, and you don’t have to be a genius to see that. If your church is anti-science, you don’t only look anti-modern, you look stupid. But since some modern science (particularly evolution) violates the tenets of evangelical Christiantiy, they have to pretend that their creationists myths are actually supported by science. I’d claim that creationist propaganda is more than just getting creationism taught in the schools; it’s getting creationism to look scientific and therefore more credible. That’s what “Genesis 3D” is all about.
For your delectation, here’s the trailer, which is mostly blurbs and begging for dosh, with very few scenes from the movie. At least the filmmakers admit that taking Genesis literally is a big hurdle to accepting Christianity.
The fundraising site is here, but remember: the final movie hasn’t yet been made. I’m not sure what the people in the clip above were watching.