I wasn’t going to add to this discussion, but couldn’t stop myself. My wife and I have been teaching a class in our church on science and religion, taking an approach much like Biologos. As a neurosurgeon, I guess I count as a scientist of sorts, at least I have a passion for science and for the interaction with my faith. I felt the need to go to see Genesis: Paradise Lost so I could see and hear the YEC arguments directly, not just through online resources. I left the theater with a profound sadness, as you will see, mainly due to the high tech nature of their presentation, arguments that sound plausible but only on the surface, and the positive comments I heard from people walking out of the theater. People seemed to be persuaded, or maybe just reinforced.
I will try to recall and describe a few standouts as best I can, but please note this is from memory and my own notes (in the dark with my handwriting, no less) and any misquotes are unintentional. Since all the arguments have refutations that are easily found, I won’t go into each one—perhaps others would like to do this, but many are already in this thread.
The movie begins with the standard (false in my opinion) dichotomy between evolution and creation, equating evolution with atheism. This is a persistent theme.
Several claims are made in astronomy—they state that gas clouds can’t form stars because compressed gas heats up and would expand, spiral galaxies are unstable, Saturn’s rings should have become uniform, short period comets should all have disappeared. They claim the first and second laws of thermodynamics are violated and the vast distances to galaxies can be explained by stretching of spacetime within 6000 years. Moving on to evolution they then go to Lucy. They show the skull of Lucy, conclude therefore that it is a chimp, but do not discuss the remainder of the skeleton. They do a classic quote mine on Dr. Donald Johanson quoting him as admitting “Lucy has been dethroned.” Looks like they pulled it from National Geographic 1996 where he said:
“ Even today A. afarensis – and those of us who study them – must adapt. Lucy has been recently dethroned. Last year Meave Leakey of the National Museum of Kenya announced that she and her team had found a human ancestor older than Lucy.”
Then we have dinosaurs. There is an animation of a T. Rex eating something off a tree (coconut?), since they were vegetarians then. They claim to have some positive arguments for their young earth position, as opposed to arguments just against “secular” science. They mention Mary Schweitzer’s findings of soft tissue in dinosaur fossils.
I found this interview with her here:
Interesting that she says in that interview, “One thing that does bother me, though, is that young earth creationists take my research and use it for their own message, and I think they are misleading people about it.”
Then they state that there is abundant evidence for dinosaurs and humans coexisting. Here it is …dragons. Wait, what??..Dragons? Yes, some dinosaurs were dragons and coexisted with humans based on folklore, cave drawings, legends, the biblical behemoth and leviathan… Also, animals were bigger back then, since there was no death or disease before the fall, and closer to the time of the fall, they lived longer.
After the end of the film, they showed a panel discussion with the film’s experts. Here they go into political agenda arguments. The wildest, I thought, was stating that the polar ice caps were formed by the global flood, so they are supposed to be melting! Why don’t people understand this? Why are people worried….? Wow. Just wow.
Near the end of the film, they talk about our Savior, Jesus Christ. They discuss our own sin, the need for salvation. For the last hour and a half they have misled the audience and lost all credibility. Now the same people who think dragons are real want to tell us about Jesus. If I were a non-Christian I could laugh at this movie, but as a Christian … OK, maybe I don’t cry, but I do shake my head a lot and mumble to myself….