This 2014 movie is about evolution versus creationism, a topic which few in the secular mainstream would find interesting, but Christians might. As a “Christian” film it does not have the flash, pomp, and professionalism that fifty million dollars can buy. Harry Anderson plays a biology professor at a state University who religiously promotes evolution in his classes. A Christian freshman is confronted with evolution taught as incontrovertible fact while her parents fear that her faith is being destroyed. Thus, a debate between these two opposing theories for the origin of life ensues.
It is rated 3.7 on IMDB which shocked me as I have seen many 6.5 movies that were much worse than this movie. Harry Anderson’s acting was outstanding. The plot did include some worn out stereotypical scenes about college as a faith destroying experience, yet, it had some pleasant surprises as well. Some reviews criticized the writer for thinking anyone who believes in evolution might be persuaded by this film. I don’t think that was the intent, rather it was to present evolution as requiring faith just as creationism does. Christian reviews gave this movie high marks because it was a movie aimed for that audience.
In secular society and the anti-christian media evolution won the debate decades ago. It is taught even in grade school as fact, scientifically proven, and distinct from any other suggestion about the origin of life. The Humanists who achieved this undisputed championship of heavyweight ideas, did so with tremendous fervor, subtlety and passion, but it didn’t hurt that the US Federal government was in their corner. Of course, they are not going to be convinced by anything that their faith in “science” is flawed. Almost all scientific discovery is put through tremendous critique by other scientists in order to satisfy its truth. This process has weeded out many false discoveries and exposed errors. Evolution has been criticized by Christians, but its promotors have rallied groups of scientists to defend it rather than perform the normal verification processes. I have friends who are recognized and respected scientists who speak of the bias and blind acceptance that has been attributed by the scientific community to evolution. It is the sacred cow of the academic scientific community and they defend their faith vehemently.
The important debate is between Christians who hold to a literal interpretation of Genesis with a young earth position and those who interpret Genesis less literally, yet true, equally admitting God as Creator, but granting a much older earth. Were Believers able to unite under a banner of Creator God, Evolution theory might be exposed by true science as the fraud it actually is, being contrary to the physical laws of nature, having fraudulent links between species, the hoax of primordial soups sufficiency, lacking mathematically sound time frames of permutation, unexplained rationale of observed design complexity, and a myriad of other deficiencies that render Evolution as a very unsound, largely disproved theory. Is it more important to rid the secular educational system of the lie of evolution or continue to demand that faith in our Creator be taught as well? Some consider it demeaning to consider Christian faith a mere alternative with secular humanistic evolution. Finally, recent verification of the Big Bang theory has pointed to the necessity of an initiator/Creator, which standing alone undermines evolution as an origin of life.
This brings us to the other glaring issue that is misrepresented in this movie – the normal secular College experience will destroy a Christians tender faith. The quote, “Bad company corrupts good morals” is true, but Believers have far more to offer the inquisitive collegiate than the world. Moreover, God watches over those who belong to Him and He that is within us is greater than he who is in the world. Believers are the salt of the earth and release saving power as they go. Scriptures do not recommend close relationships with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6: 14), but that does not mean we are to hide in fear or avoid acquaintance with our fellow man. God is well able to strengthen faith during the college experience. In fact through recent years college campus organizations like Campus Crusade of Christ, YWAM, and many others have strengthened collegiate young tremendously. In real life God is Sovereign and triumphant over the world’s corruption and deceit. Believers have every reason to be bold and trust in God’s lovingkindness and saving assurance.