In my reflections on the recent film “Is Genesis History?” which appeared on the Biologos website yesterday I made the following observation:
“Recently I found myself in a theater taking in scenes of God’s creation through the documentary Is Genesis History? hosted by Del Tackett. This beautifully produced film transported myself and the rest of a clearly awed audience to many natural wonders of this world. Even though my interpretation of Genesis is much different than his, I could share with the Tackett (and the audience) a great sense of wonder at these magnificent scenes. So you can imagine my surprise as I watched the final scene which found Dr. Tackett looking out over a landscape similar to my mountain experience and proclaiming, “It’s glorious, but represents the judgement of God.”
As surprising as this statement may sound, Dr. Tackett was only stating the logical conclusion which flows from his young-earth creationism (YEC) worldview. For him, what you and I experience is not so much God’s good creation as it is the end-product of God’s judgement.”
I was reacting to the very last scene in the film which presents a young-earth perspective on how Earth’s physical and biological history should be viewed in light of a literal-day interpretation of the Genesis text. I left the theater with many thoughts but that last scene is what stuck with me the most. When we look at mountains, waterfalls, deserts and glaciers are we reminded of God’s curse or his creative power? Likewise, when we see the incredible adaptations that species display that allow them to live in nearly every environment on earth do we blame Adam’s sin for bringing this variation into the world? The young-earth perspective on how sin corrupted the physical creation would suggest that these features of the world are judgment not creation. But this view of natural and biological diversity does not fit with that of the authors of the Bible.
Please visit BioLogos.org to read the rest of my reflections (Mountains, Meadows and Marmots: Creation or Judgement?) on the final scene of the film “Is Genesis History?”
In that article I mention my own mountain top experience in contrast to that presented in the film. Below are some additional pictures I took on my La Plata Peak hike in Colorado last summer that set the stage for my commentary.