A new creationist movie

Imagine being an evolutionary biologist in a country where 73% of your fellow citizens are either outright young-Earth creationists (42%) or theistic evolutionist who believe God guided evolution (31%). Fewer than one person in five (19%) accepts evolution as the purely naturalistic process that I teach (and that is supported by evidence). And so the public is about to be bombarded by yet another creationist movie, “Is Genesis History?” The answer, of course, is “YES!”

Have a look at the 3-minute trailer below, in which they purport to dig up “scientists” who support the Genesis account. See how many outright lies you can spot.

Date: Thursday, February 23

Time: 7:00 p.m. (local time)

Run Time: 2 hours (approximate)

Ticketing: Tickets are available by clicking on the orange “Buy Tickets” button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating movie theater.

Special Fathom Features: A special panel discussion with distinguished scientists and scholars about the current status of the Creation vs. Evolution Debate moderated by Dr. Del Tackett

Fathom Events is excited to present Is Genesis History?, a special one-night event in cinemas nationwide on Thursday, February 23.

Dr. Del Tackett treks the globe to meet with top scientists and scholars and asks the questions surrounding the most controversial book of the Bible that everyone is curious about: Was everything created in six days? Did we evolve from apes? Were Adam and Eve real? Was there a global flood? What happened to the dinosaurs? Was there a tower of Babel?

This first-of-its-kind documentary seeks to throw new light on the origin of man and his true history as revealed in Genesis.

Curiously, none of the “scientists” are identified. Do you know any of them?

The only good aspect of this is that the movie will be shown on one night only: February 23. If you want to see it on that night, the cinemas are here.

h/t: Frank


  1. Posted January 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Religious colleges have “science” departments, but their faculty have to swear fealty to their church doctrine, which will often include creationism. I’m guessing the “scientists” in this movie are from places with names like ‘East Jesus College of Scriptural Truth,’ or BIOLA, or “___ Baptist College”.

    • John Conoboy
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Here is a link to the website that identifies the talking heads in the movie.

      • Rob
        Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

        All men.

      • Desnes Diev
        Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

        Is Kurt Wise the “honest creationnist” of Dawkins? (Google “Sadly, an Honest Creationist”) The one who made his PhD in SJ Gould’s lab and said:
        “I am a young-age creationist because that is my understanding of the Scripture. As I shared with my professors years ago when I was in college, if all the evidence in the universe turns against creationism, I would be the first to admit it, but I would still be a creationist because that is what the Word of God seems to indicate. Here I must stand.”
        If the others are like him, this would indicate the degree of scientific objectivity in that film: a very small drop… in an ocean of faith.

        • AlanC
          Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

          Yes, and many of the others at that link will be recognized by anyone whose followed the creationists with advanced degrees over the years. Such as: Steve Austin, Robert Carter, Danny Faulkner, Paul Nelson (Discovery Institute Fellow), Marcus Ross, Andrew Snelling, Todd Wood, and of course, Kurt Wise.

        • nicky
          Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

          Yes, I read about the sad story of Kurt Wise. He made the thought experiment of cutting all passages out of the bible that were incompatible with his paleontological training. There was not much left. Astonishingly (for a trained paleontologist) he did the opposite of what one would expect, and ditched science.

          • Dave Treleaven
            Posted January 8, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

            And such is the power of doctrine indoctrinated into a young mind. It is very hard to let go both logically and socially.

      • Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

        My guessing is getting pretty good! — nailed it on Biola, but failed to mention the possibility that they’d drop lower than that (Creation Research Soc., Liberty U., Answers in Genesis, etc.) There was at least one from Baptist joint. There was one archaeologist from a legitimate university (Wilfrid Laurier U.), and even he had a history at religio-crackpot places (Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary [wow!!, literally in Siberia], Shepherds Theological Sem.)

      • David Duncan
        Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

        The only one I’ve heard of is Snelling, who has degrees from a reputable university and writes for mainstream journals from a scientific point of view, and for Christian journals from a YEC point of view. For an extended discussion of this guy try reading Telling Lies for God

  2. Mark Joseph
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Amusingly (well, to me at least), just as this post comes in I’m reading a small bit about the geology of the Appalachians (in chapter 15 in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods) and thinking how much more interesting even this little bit is than anything I ever learned in 25 years of being religious.

    Thinking the stuff in Genesis is literal is not only boring, but puerile. It is no different, really, from pretending that Santa Claus or the tooth fairy are real, and cuts oneself off from real history, real science, and what has so insightfully been called “The Magic of Reality”.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink


    • ploubere
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm | Permalink


    • Michael Waterhouse
      Posted January 8, 2017 at 5:35 am | Permalink

      I said something similar in another comment (another site) just a little while ago.

      Compared to the spectacular wonder of real reality and its explanations, religion is so simple and simple minded and tedious and boring. And as you said.

  3. Posted January 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I have googled “Dr Del Tackett” but can not find what it is he is a doctor of. I am really sick of pundits on the left or the right who use “Dr” in front of their name to pretend to have some authority in what they are talking about.

    Isn’t Revelations the most controversial book in the Bible? Maybe not, since most people agree it’s BS.

  4. Posted January 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I found the following about Dr. Del Tackett on the internet. I assume the other “scientists” are of similar education and professional standing.

    “Dr. Del Tackett is former president of the Focus on the Family Institute and a former Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family. He is also the creator of Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project—a nationwide initiative designed to bring the Christian worldview to the body of Christ.”

    On a different note: I recently read a volume of 20th century sci fi short stories and encountered an author I didn’t know named James Morrow. I haven’t read them yet, but among others, he has written the following books with a different perspective on God and Christianity:

    Only Begotten Daughter
    Towing Jehovah
    Blameless in Abaddon
    The Eternal Footman
    This is the Way the World Ends
    The Last Witchfinder

    I’ve started on “The Last Witchfinder” set in England in the time of James II. Imagine proponents of the “Malleus Maleficarum” in conflict with advocates of Isaac Newton’s
    “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica”.

    I hope those of you who hate science fiction will forgive me for mentioning these books.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      “Imagine proponents of the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’ in conflict with advocates of Isaac Newton’s ‘Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica'”

      You mean exactly like here and now?

      Those who hate science fiction are best ignored.

    • DiscoveredJoys
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      The Truth Project also states:

      Dr. Tackett holds three earned degrees (D.M., Colorado Technical University; M.S., Auburn University; B.S., Kansas State University).

      The Colorado Doctoral Studies currently offered all seem to be various flavours of managment. Strange that the Truth Project doesn’t specify the disciplines, only the degree levels.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      That reminds me of the scary connection between the criminologist pseudoscience of “profiling” and the persecution of Jews (and others) in the early Christian Roman (“Byzantine”) Empire. Apparently historians can find the connection – I read about it in the latest criminologist white-wash attempt of comprehensive textbook.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      Dr Del Tackett’s birth name is Buford Tackett – I have no idea why “Del” – maybe a middle name.

      He claims to have been director of technical planning for the National security Council during the Bush era, but I can’t find his name associated with the NSC anywhere except for his own claims & the claims of various Christian sites

      Also he claims to being a fighter pilot in the USAF during the Vietnam war who didn’t go to Vietnam [he was grounded due to a ligament problem or some such…]

      His doctorate is a DM [Doctor of Management] from Colorado Technical University: “…the terminal degree for management professionals. The program prepares students to think and act strategically and enhance their abilities to make positive contributions in their chosen area of management expertise.”

      CTU appears to be heavily vocational with nothing to indicate the academic staff are involved in any form of research i.e. it churns out nurses, accountants etc & avoids areas of education that require expensive equipment & laboratories: http://www.coloradotech.edu/degrees/doctorates/management

      His bio stinks – massaged somewhat I suspect:

      • nicky
        Posted January 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

        A ligament problem, I bet it is a calcification, aka a ‘bone spur’ 😂

        (Note, ‘bone spurs’ do not prevent people from running Marathons or even longer races)

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      James Morrow would, if America were a rational country, be a national treasure.

      Besides the novels you mention, he also has a book of short stories, Bible Stories for Adults. His retelling of the stories of Noah’s flood, the tower of Babel, the giving of the ten commandments, and Job are really something.

      I’ve liberally quoted from his novel Only Begotten Daughter on this website in the past, usually this: “Science has all the answers; we don’t have all the science.”

      However, for purposes of the OP, this one fits even better:

      “I’m really interested in this stuff.” Julie rubbed a carton labeled ELEMENTARY PARTICLES.
      “Physics, biology, stars, everything.”
      Howard said, “Good for you. These days most people prefer to impoverish their minds with mysticism.”

      Much more on his Wikiquote page.

      • yiamcross
        Posted January 8, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

        I suspect that where they say cinemas they actually mean a cinema

      • yiamcross
        Posted January 8, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

        This one-star review of Bible Stories for Adults sold it to me:

        Amazon Verified Purchase
        Most mis-leading. You should give more information about the books you sell. I wanted a straight forward resume of the Old Testament not a nasty scurilous confection of horrible stories. If I cannot return this book to you I shall burn it

        • Mark Joseph
          Posted January 8, 2017 at 10:39 am | Permalink


        • Mark Joseph
          Posted January 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

          OK, a whole week late, but I just thought of this. Imagine not having any problem with committing genocide, but thinking that making fun of such a horrid myth is “scurrilous”!

    • nicky
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

      Focus on the Family? I guess that makes him a family-doctor 😆.

      ‘Malleus Maleficarum’ (the Hammer of Witches) a handbook for torture or the ‘Principia’, a ‘rape manual’, choose your hobby!

    • Posted January 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      I’ve read Towing Jehovah, several years ago. Basic outline is god has died and his physical form, which is ginormous, needs to be towed to a final resting place. It’s basically hitched to a ship which is taking it to the Artic. Of course, he begins to rot a bit and all that so that is one of the issues with towing him. He’s two miles long.

      Here’s a link to the Amazon listing: http://tinyurl.com/zxfd3g6

      “God is dead, and Anthony Van Horne doesn’t feel very well himself. Van Horne–whose captaincy of a mammoth oil tanker during an Exxon Valdez -type spill has left him unemployed, estranged from his family and suffering nightmares–is hired by the Vatican to pilot his former vessel as it tows the Supreme Being (found dead of unknown causes) to a tomb in the Arctic that His angels have built for Him.”

      It’s a good read.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    It is kind of like my “friend” who is in the SDA church. His proof positive that g*d exists is – you are alive. Leaves me speechless.

    • DiscoveredJoys
      Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      …and around 100 bilion people have already died, making god seem rather wasteful.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

        Yes, and then, there are the sharks.

    • Posted January 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      And when you die, does this mean God ceases to exist, too?

  6. Posted January 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I think they missed a word. “Fake”, which should be put between Genesis and History. Sadly the lack of education and the made up controversies about evolution,a lot of people will believe this. Hugs

  7. David Duncan
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    “Curiously, none of the “scientists” are identified. Do you know any of them?”

    No, nor do I know of Dr T. I Googled him, and didn’t find much, not even a Wikipedia article. I don’t believe in giving these non-entities and their cause oxygen.

  8. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    So many untruths…
    One sees and hears the expressions of earnestly expressed belief, couched with all the right nuances of eye contact, sincerity, and artful tongue. Wrapped in a documentary with emotive music and visually appealing pictures that is aimed to persuade. But what is being said is godgodgodgodditygodgodgodiditgoddidit…

  9. Ann German
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    is it significant that the button to push for the tickets is ORANGE???

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    The Menckenian producer (who’s never gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public) meets the Barnumesque consumers (who’re the suckers born every minute).

  11. ploubere
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    It appears to have been financed by crowd funding, although they raised less than $1 million. I wonder if they had other backing.

  12. Posted January 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    The cinematography seemed great but I suppose that’s a lot easier now with HR drones.

    The only thing I found notable was the appearance by Paul Nelson. For many years IDers took great pains to distance themselves from creationists but it seems they’ve stopped that.

  13. Liam Marcial
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    None of the creationist stuff would be of any interest if originating with the average street preacher.

    It’s the politics and power not the message — tragic and horrifying given our times.

  14. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Lawdy! I love Fathom events- their Met Opera simulcasts and Bolshoi Ballet simulcasts, especially.

    First of its kind documentary??

  15. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted January 7, 2017 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Re: “Curiously, none of the “scientists” are identified.”

    Here they are:

    The biologist is from Liberty University.

  16. Posted January 7, 2017 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Best comment on the ticket web site: If evolution were true, and Blu-Ray’s came from CD’s, why are CD’s still around?

    • Michael Waterhouse
      Posted January 8, 2017 at 6:06 am | Permalink

      In reference to a comment above.
      The story of television and sound recording and video recording and all the theory and technology behind it is extremely interesting.
      Far more interesting than any religious story.

    • Posted January 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      But where are the transitional DVDs, eh?


  17. Posted January 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Dawkins’ refusal to debate creationists seems more reasonable every day.

  18. Posted January 8, 2017 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Looks really interesting. I’d love to see it. It’s wonderful to have these debates….and it’s wonderful to have people feel they can put their opinions and feelings out there. Without that it would not be a ‘free world’. I don’t like being told what to think but I do like to hear offerings and opinions. Earth would be boring without it. Never fear – Darwin was once regaled as eccentric – the Truth is out there, whatever it is.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 8, 2017 at 4:59 am | Permalink


      [1] By whom exactly & about what exactly was Darwin “once regaled as eccentric”?

      [2] You “don’t like being told what to think?” – what are you on about? Who is telling you what to think?

      [3] And – the way you write about this new movie/documentary as if it’s part of a legitimate debate is just wrong! The ‘expertise’ marshalled in the creationist camp that’s listed for this documentary… that’s just about the entire team of ‘experts’ that the creationists have globally.

      NONE of these people are interested in science or debating.

      ALL of them have had their scientific ‘arguments’ refuted numerous times & yet they keep churning out the same discredited points – they don’t actually research, experiment or adapt their views when presented with a solid refutation. This is because they know their fundamentalist Christian audience doesn’t care about such things.

      I suggest you look up Snelling & Steve Austin to start with & see why nobody in the world of science takes these people seriously. There’s links in this thread for Snelling. To put it bluntly – these people are dishonest.

      • ploubere
        Posted January 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

        Exactly. There is no educated exchange of ideas with the creationists, they are fixated on an ancient myth and nothing can dissuade them that it’s not literally true.

      • Posted January 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

        Wow Michael, you like the sound of your own voice don’t you. You seem to be the type of person that gets annoyed with complete strangers online,even polite ones! I can’t imagine why you’ve responded by giving me your numerically dot pointed “To Do” list. Perhaps you believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion as long as it’s the same as yours. Wow. Again. That’s pretty sad.
        I’ll just take my pleasantly neutral comment, a polite “Thankyou for the interesting post” directed at the OP, not at you, and shove it where the-sun-don’t-shine, shall I? Or is that a bit too creationist for you?
        As I have both feet planted firmly in the evolution camp, I’m surprised that someone as obviously superior as yourself is not aware of the difficulties Darwin faced when presenting his theories to a widely Christian community. However, I’m sure you know much better than I. Or probably Darwin.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 8, 2017 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

          onyajay – you choose to swerve around all my queries & points. Perhaps you can’t clarify or rebut them?

          Darwin [& his take on evolution] wasn’t regarded as “eccentric” by his Christian detractors as far as I know – it was actually an existential threat to the whole edifice of ‘English’ life & ultimately Empire. “Eccentric” doesn’t cover it & THAT was my point – what Darwin started & the misinterpretations of Darwin was/is a big deal. The biggest idea there ever was.

          You’re prepared to put your earnings into the pockets of these hucksters [“I’d love to see it”] so that they are further fuelled to spread their lies. Your whole post is so imbued with a lack of awareness of the situation throughout the US today that it needed a bit of acid to dissolve the fluffy bunnies.

          • Posted January 8, 2017 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

            aaaah. You’re American. That explains it.

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted January 8, 2017 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

              I’m Irish born & I live in the UK – so no – a click on my link would have you prepared with a more pertinent post. LOL

  19. Tom
    Posted January 8, 2017 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Perhaps their god exists only in the sense that these people feel good about doing what they imagine is his will.
    I am rewarded by the idea therefore god exists.
    Rather like many other pleasures it is difficult or even impossible to rationalise.
    Just a thought.

  20. Posted January 8, 2017 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    I know this type of stuff shouldn’t get me as down as it does, but it does get me down, often scarily so.

    Carl Kruse

  21. colnago80
    Posted January 8, 2017 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Laugh it up, our incoming vice president is a YEC, as well as being a cigarette smoking/lung cancer denier.

  22. Posted January 8, 2017 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    I don’t want to sound cynical, in the sense of sounding like a person who believes people are motivated primarily by their own self-interest, but I can see that the tremendous amount of work Dr. Coyne devotes to this website does offer at least some return to him, in the form of reassurance that there are plenty of us out there who know that science wins because it works.

  23. Posted January 8, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    And yet….conservative Christian pundits will still cry about the media having too much of a secular progressive agenda.

  24. James A Sulzer
    Posted January 8, 2017 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    “Is Genesis History?”….Must be another one of those new situation comedies I won’t be watching.

  25. Posted January 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Genesis should be history.


  26. Mike
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    With my Film Critic hat on,and even though its a Trailer, I have never heard such unadulterated bullshit in the space of 3 mins.

  27. Posted January 9, 2017 at 11:47 am | Permalink


    My usual question to the proponents, whoever they are: how do you think people who first realized Genesis *wasn’t* history came to the conclusion?

    (I asked a creationist the same sort of question about how people changed their mind on the age of the earth. This was an unexpected question to him. I’m guessing that the proponents have no answer to this.)

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted January 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      In fundamentalist circles (trust me, I know) the usual answer is either “they were apostasizing, and substituting man’s word for god’s” or “they were looking for excuses to justify their immoral lifestyle” or some conflation of the two. See (or better yet, don’t see) Ken Ham’s ravings for substantiation.

      A more-or-less ex-friend sent me a sermon by some creationist. I responded to him with a detailed written critique, part of which was exactly your question: Given that in 1800 or so not only was Genesis accepted as history, but also the entire culture was permeated with a christian ethos that would slow or prevent any change away from this position, how did it happen? I explained some of the evidence, too. He never responded.

      • Posted January 10, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Notice that no *argument* is offered. (I’m sure you did, just drawing attention to it.) When Spinoza tells you Moses could not have written Deuteronomy (without being a jerk, anyway), he tells you why. I wonder if these folks ever consider this.

        • Mark Joseph
          Posted January 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

          99.9999% of them couldn’t identify Spinoza with a history of philosophy and three copies of Wikipedia at their side.

          As for reasons, remember House’s dictum: “If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.”

  28. Posted January 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    i watched this to see if i recognized any of the scientists. Now i feel dirty.

    Perhaps move the link in the second comment into the post, so no one else suffers like I did?

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