Now they’re promoting a “documentary” produced by a creationist group calling itself Vision Forum Ministries. Their “work” is entitled The Mysterious Islands: A Surprising Journey to Darwin’s Eden. Click at your own risk.
We’ve been there, so we’ll save you the effort. At the website of the film’s producers we are told:
[18 November:] More than 2,500 people have reserved tickets to attend tonight’s Tampa premiere of The Mysterious Islands, a new film that debunks the conclusions Charles Darwin reached during his storied trip to the Galapagos Islands during the voyage of the HMS Beagle
Too bad, you missed the premiere. But you can still experience the documentary, so don’t feel left out.
Anyway, let’s get back to WorldNetDaily. Here are some excerpts from their article on this intellectual breakthrough: Watch scientists ‘prove Darwin wrong’. The bold font was added by us:
Just in time for the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” a team of Christian scientists has traveled back in time to the birthplace of evolution to “prove Darwin wrong.”
What a mission! What a team! Let’s read on:
The scientists have embarked on a journey to the Galapagos Islands, the same island chain Darwin visited during the voyage of the HMS Beagle in 1835. Many scholars today agree that the animals and plants Darwin saw on those islands contributed greatly to his becoming an evolutionist.
Is that a stupid sentence or what? “Many scholars agree” that the wildlife Darwin saw contributed to his “becoming an evolutionist”? Darwin actually used his data in developing his theory? Why didn’t those “many scholars” just ask Darwin? He described his thinking in his writing. We continue:
But upon returning to the very spot Charles Darwin arrived 174 years ago, the Christian scientists have examined the same unusual creatures Darwin saw – and they’ve documented their findings [in the above linked movie]. …
Their mission: Determine whether the Galapagos Islands, resting above vast tectonic plates, are a laboratory for evolution as Darwin believed – or a truly magnificent showcase of God’s creation.
The WND article is a long one, and as it gushes praise for the film, it unwittingly reveals the film-makers’ failure to understand what Darwin did, how he thought, and what evolution actually is. Here’s a sample, quoting Doug Phillips, executive producer of the film:
Darwin also believed scientists would inevitably see transitional forms in the fossil record, Phillips said. “He said we would see fossil examples of animals going from one kind to another,” he explained. “It’s our contention that not one transitional form has ever been found.”
With a producer like that, you don’t need to know much else. But you want more, don’t you? Okay, here it comes:
Phillips said there is a “war of the worldviews” between Darwinists and creationists. But, he confidently asserted, “Darwin got it wrong.”
One more quote, this time from the end of the article:
“Today people look to the Galapagos, and evolutionists and Darwinists see it in the same way that Christians look to Jerusalem and Muslims look to Mecca,” Phillips said. “They really embrace the evolutionary faith. In our film, we insist that evolution is, in fact, a faith. It’s a worldview based on unprovable assumptions that are accepted by faith.”
So there you are. And what have we learned? We’ve learned why Darwin was so different from everyone before him who traveled the world, observed nature, and tried to make sense of it. Darwin put all the available evidence together into a coherent, comprehensible, and testable theory. In our humble and inadequate way, we discussed some of that here: What Did Darwin Do?
What this film teaches us is that if one travels without curiosity, without a desire to understand, and without a willingness to observe the evidence — in other words, without a mind — then he will return from his voyage as ignorant as when he began.
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