Variety Review of “The Principle”

We’ve written a few times about the new “documentary” which challenges the Copernican principle. Our most recent post was: WorldNetDaily: Copernicus Was Wrong! We were wondering if anyone other than creationist websites would pay any attention to the film.

Imagine our disbelief when we saw a review in Variety, a leading news source for the entertainment industry. Their article is Film Review: ‘The Principle’.

We assumed that show-biz journalists wouldn’t appreciate the issues involved, so we didn’t know what to expect; but we were pleasantly surprised to see their sub-title: “A professionally polished, insidiously coy documentary that seeks to (sort of) debunk the Copernican principle.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

“The Principle’s” principal raison d’etre is to prompt a reconsideration of the Copernican principle in cosmology, effectively meaning a return to the ancient geocentric view that the Earth lies at the center of the universe. The film never quite comes out and says this directly, however, and therein lies its insidiousness.

Hey, this is good! Then it says:

Featuring some impressive-looking visual illustrations of a decidedly unorthodox notion, and corralling an impressive array of scientists (some of whom publicly disavowed the film once they discovered its primary angle), the best that can be said of this documentary is that it makes enough gestures toward fair and balanced treatment to obscure much of the bad faith lying beneath. Box office earnings should certainly rise above the quantum level, but not by much.

This will drive the creationists crazy! Let’s read on:

Professionally directed by Katheryne Thomas, “The Principle” is executive produced by Robert Sungenis, who is interviewed onscreen quite liberally throughout. Sungenis is a controversial Catholic apologist who co-authored a book titled “Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right,” and who once delivered an address at a geocentrism conference titled “Geocentrism: They Know It But They’re Hiding It.” Such blunt titles leave no secret where he and co-author Robert Bennett (another frequent interviewee) stand, but the film is altogether more slippery.

Excellent! We continue:

For most of its first hour, “The Principle” offers a fairly straightforward history of cosmological thought, stretching from Ptolemy to Tycho, Copernicus to Einstein. Narrated by “Star Trek: Voyager” star Kate Mulgrew, the film invites a clutch of figures ranging from major physicists to outright skeptics and religious thinkers to comment. (Mulgrew distanced herself from the film post-facto, as did such bold-name interview subjects as Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku, George F.R. Ellis and Max Tegmark. Even John Hartnett, an avowed biblical creationist who espouses a “galactocentric” model, has complained that the film misrepresents some of his views.)

Here’s one more excerpt:

Toward the end, however, it begins to make its case, applying sly ridicule to contempo cosmological ideas like dark matter and multiverses, while arguing that recently discovered temperature patterns in the Cosmic Microwave Background seem to align with the Earth – these presumably being the “astonishing new scientific observations” promised by the film’s publicity materials. From here, the pic begins to sketch a vague conspiracy narrative of a scientific community too wedded to its own pet theories (and sweet, sweet grant money) to acknowledge non-Copernican views, and then, somewhat incongruously, ends by pleading for a more harmonious relationship between science and religious faith.

Okay, that’s enough. You’ll probably want to click over to Variety to read it all. We can’t wait to see the creationists’ reactions.

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8 responses to “Variety Review of “The Principle”

  1. Here’s your “slippery slope” in full view, literally in living color. Let creationism be treated as serious science, and all sorts of things start moving in toward the “mainstream.”

    Next we’ll likely see the flat-earthers crawling out of their caves; after all, the Bible seems to imply that as well (modern theologians see the references in question as not in fact meaning that the planet is literally flat but instead as figures of speech–but fundamentalists have little use for modern, which is to say post-1600, theology).

  2. “Expelled” for astronomers and physicists…

  3. Isn’t geocentrism like a three year old’s view that things get smaller as you move away from them?

  4. The creationists just can’t seem to address science without lying about things.

    Their followers believe most everything they say, but rational folks can see what they’re doing.

    Would that we had more rational folks around, eh?


    If it wasn’t for the director I would have thought this was a satir movie.


    I’ve been thinking. This movie should be shown in schools.
    it would be a great learning experience for kids.
    In particular how they need to think about what they watch.

  7. How do these people keep reading the Bible over and over and miss the 10 Commandments. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Misleading people to get them to be in your movie is bearing false witness. Period.