Movie Review: Is Genesis History?

Movie Review: Is Genesis History?

February 8, 2017
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In a special, one-night event, Is Genesis History? will premiere in theaters across the country February 23, 2017. Traveling across the continent, Dr. Del Tackett teams with experts in geology, biology, astronomy, archaeology, the Bible and more. Together they seek answers to longstanding questions surrounding the book of Genesis:

  • Was the universe created in six literal days?
  • Did humans evolve?
  • Were Adam and Eve real?
  • Was there a global flood?
  • What happened to the dinosaurs?

The life of Jesus is widely accepted as historically accurate based on multiple ancient writings. However, Genesis is not as readily accepted as a historical account. For generations, scientists used geology, paleontology, biology, and astronomy to date our earth and promote evolution. Dr. Takett and the team of scientists present physical evidence that the historical records of Genesis occurred as recorded. We live on “a young earth formed by a global catastrophe.”

The visuals in this film are stunning. Familiar locations such as The Natural History Museum and The Grand Canyon serve as the backdrop for Tackett’s interviews. Through his discussion with the experts, these familiar locations take on new life.

Is Genesis History?

Geologist Steve Austin explains how The Grand Canyon supports the account of a global flood (Genesis 6-9). He puts complex concepts in layman’s terms, making it easy for viewers to follow. Unfortunately, many of the experts use scientific language and concepts that are not as easily understood by the average viewer. Many scholars delve deep into their respected field of study. With his gift for simplifying the complicated, Tackett does an adequate job of rephrasing in order for viewers to connect the dots. He summarizes the refutation of widely accepted scientific theories.

The film does not present a debate between naturalists and biblical scholars. Theories which stand in opposition to the Genesis account are taught in schools and are well-represented in geological documentaries. Instead, Is Genesis History? presents a harmonious marriage between physical scientific evidence and biblical history. This film thoroughly challenges accepted theories regarding the history of the earth.

Is Genesis History?

Christians want to believe Genesis is the truth from in the beginning forward. However, scientists present conflicting evidence that our earth is older than Genesis 1:1. They confidently declare that creation happened over millenniums, not days. The idea that the entire earth was once under water due to God’s judgment is considered a children’s story. Is Genesis History? provides solid evidence in support of a six-day creation, a global flood, and the ability of our Creator to raise mountains and carve valleys in weeks, not millenniums.

The film takes an important step beyond the historical and scientific. What good is knowledge if it doesn’t change the way we live? The gospel of Jesus Christ is woven through the science. The proof of the early chapters of Genesis have implications for us today. If the account in Genesis is true, morality is not relative. Sin requires judgment (the flood). God provides a way to receive forgiveness through Jesus, a direct descendent of Adam. The Creator is both our Judge and our Salvation.

As a mom, I wanted this film to be easy to understand so my children (ages twelve and ten) would walk away with a firm biblical worldview of creation. It missed the mark, but by necessity. The depth and breadth of the explanations stand in firm opposition to the generations of misinformation. While my children won’t be able to understand every scientist (I didn’t fully understand all of it myself), we can find enough to fortify our faith in the infallible Word of God. The Is Genesis History? event is an excellent opportunity to deepen your high schooler’s faith, as well as your own.

Is Genesis History? is a one-night event, showing in select theaters on February 23, 2017.  After the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring Dr. Del Tackett and a handful of scientists talking about particular issues facing students. The film, combined with the panel discussion, will expand and reinforce the lessons taught in science, history, and Bible.

Resources for church use, social sharing, and educators are available at

Photos courtesy of Is Genesis History?.

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Kelly Smith is a small town girl who married a small town man. They have three children spanning preschool to teen. Kelly believes we are created for community and loves to find ways to connect with other women who are walking in the shadow of the cross. She blogs at

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