Movie Review: The Mysterious Islands

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Jan 11, 2010 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

Movie Review: The Mysterious Islands

In their newly-released 90-minute film, The Mysterious Islands (http://www NULL.themysteriousislands, Vision Forum (http://www NULL.visionforum and the Erwin Brothers (http://www NULL.erwinbrothers have really hit a home run!

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Filmed mostly on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America, Mysterious Islands was released (http://www NULL.themysteriousislands NULL.pdf) on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species. It is more than a documentary; it is also a dramatic story of Institute for Creation Research (http://www NULL.icr President John Morris, Vision Forum President Doug Phillips (http://www NULL.visionforumministries NULL.aspx) and his son Joshua Phillips as they retrace Darwin’s ocean voyage to the Galapagos Islands and retrace Darwin’s footsteps as they explore these mysterious islands. But they come to very different conclusions from those of Darwin.

Even standing alone, the scenery is magnificent. The viewer is treated to breathtaking scenes of the ocean, the islands, the turtles, the seals, the iguanas, the finches, even underwater footage of stingrays and sharks—including an albino whale shark, said never before to be captured on film.

But the message is even better than the scenery. Dr. Morris, a geologist, clearly explains the fallacies of evolutionary thought, using examples on the Islands themselves. He and Phillips explain that the idea that the earth is old and that life developed from lower forms is not unique to Darwin, but Darwin used natural selection, the survival of the fittest, as the mechanism by which this evolutionary development takes place. Morris and Phillips (I almost wrote Phillips and Morris, but that sounds too much like the tobacco company!) explain that they do not deny that change takes place within a species (micro-evolution), but they do deny that species evolve into different species (macro-evolution). They suggest that God placed within each species the genetic capacity to adapt to changed circumstances in the environment. For example, iguanas found insufficient food on the Islands, so to survive they adapted by developing the capacity, unlike iguanas elsewhere, to feed in the ocean. The belief that an all-powerful, all-knowing God placed within the iguanas’ genetic structure the capacity to adapt in this manner, makes much more sense than natural selection.

Besides demonstrating the scientific fallacies of Darwinian evolution, Morris and Phillips focus on the moral and spiritual implications of the creation/evolution debate. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, influenced by Darwinian thought, believed the black race was inferior on the evolutionary scale and advocated birth control and abortion to keep inferior races and individuals from reproducing. Karl Marx wanted to dedicate the English version of Das Kapital (http://books to Darwin, because, he said, evolution provided a biological basis for the class struggle. Darwin’s legacy is the twentieth century, in which Nazism, Communism and other isms have run rampant, producing the most violent century in recorded history.

A highlight toward the end of the film is the London debate between Bishop Samuel Wilberforce and evolutionary philosopher Thomas Huxley. Wilberforce asked Huxley whether he traced his ancestry to apes through his mother or his father; Huxley replied that he was not ashamed to trace his ancestry to apes, but he would be ashamed to use his gift for eloquence to spread lies. In the midst of this heated exchange a tall figure, Admiral Robert FitzRoy, captain of the HMS Beagle, came forward and—well, I’m not going to spoil it by telling you what happened, except to say that this scene alone is worth the price of the entire movie.

Dr. Morris also tells of his adventures on Mt. Ararat, and he explains how the Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest is incompatible with Christianity. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ, the fittest Person of all, died for unfit sinners to fit them for salvation.

As an added bonus, the DVD comes with a second disc that contains extra footage, a balanced discussion of the whaling controversy, and the early explorers of the Galapagos Islands.

Mysterious Islands is great viewing for you and your children, and also for science classrooms, Sunday school classes, and other gatherings. You can purchase it by going online to (http://www NULL.visionforum or (http://www NULL.themysteriousislands Tell them we sent you!

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  1. Trish (http://www NULL.FishwithTrish says:

    Loved this film. It was VERY well done. Great review.

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