Review: Is Genesis History?

June 3, 2017

I recently had the chance to watch the documentary Is Genesis History?, available from Compass Cinema. This movie was released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 27, 2017.

About this documentary (from the creators):

Is Genesis History? is a comprehensive documentary featuring over a dozen scientists and scholars looking at the world and explaining how it intersects with the history recorded in Genesis. From rock layers to fossils to lions to stars, this fascinating film will challenge and change the way you see the world. Is Genesis History? shines new light on our origins, providing a positive argument for Biblical Creation and the Flood. Dr. Del Tackett, creator of The Truth Project, serves as your guide—hiking through canyons, climbing up mountains, and diving below the sea—in an exploration of two competing views … one compelling truth.


Feature Documentary – 101 min

Bonus Features:

  • Q&A with Del Tackett & Scientists – 13min
  • The Ice Age & Climate Change: Larry Vardiman, PhD – 15min
  • Engineering the Universe: Stuart Burgess, PhD – 18min
  • The Church and Creation – Douglas Kelly, PhD – 12min
  • Meet the Scientists, Del Tackett, Production Company – 15min

Language: English with subtitles available in both Spanish and English

My Verdict:

I watched this documentary with my husband, who is a minister and who is teaching a class on creation science next year, as well as my daughters, ages 7 & 9. My husband’s impression was that it does a good job in rightly pacing the focus on presuppositions, so getting across the point that it’s not necessarily the data the points towards evolution or old earth frameworks, but the presuppositions one comes to the evidence with. So, for example, an evolutionist would look at the Grand Canyon and assume it was formed by a little bit of water over a long period of time, instead of a catastrophic amount of water over a short amount of time. The evidence seems to point to the latter, but if you are committed to an old earth paradigm, then you must interpret the data in a way that aligns with that view. My husband mentioned the documentary does a good job of hitting the high points of many of the creationist books of the last 20 years, like “The Case for a Creator”, by Lee Strobel, “Darwin on Trial”, by Phillip Johnson, “Total Truth”, by Nancy Pearcy, “Darwin’s Black Box”, by Michael Behe, and “The Privileged Planet”, by Guillermo Gonzalez. Each of those books focuses on a specific field, and in “Is Genesis History?” Del Tackett brings together interviews from people from many various fields, like geology, astronomy, biology, zoology, archaeology, etc. From a practical standpoint, the video format makes this information a lot more accessible; few people have time to sit down and read book after book on creationism, but anyone can find time to watch this engaging documentary. Plus, it’s wonderful to see the gorgeous visuals of actual places that show evidence, instead of just reading about it. Also, the DVD is formatted in chapters, and that lends itself to classroom use, because you can watch a 7-10 minute vignette on a certain topic and have a great discussion without having to watch the entire content.

I think this documentary would be good for middle school-aged students and up. My 7 and 9-year-olds did not last through a single viewing of the entire movie, and had a lot of questions about word definitions, but when we tried it again in segments, it worked a lot better. The information presented led to some really interesting family conversations! We all enjoyed the DVD, and would recommend it highly!

Here’s the trailer:

If you’d like to check out Is Genesis History? it is currently on sale for $19.95 for the regular DVD & $29.95 for the Blu-ray version right now, plus it ships free! Is Genesis History? is also now on Netflix, and you can watch it here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this DVD free from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This site is a Compass Classroom affiliate, and purchases made through links (including linked covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

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