Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Mysterious Islands - A Review


The Mysterious Islands is a visually stunning journey for a father and son, Doug and Joshua Phillips, to the Galapagos Islands. These islands became infamous due to a visit from Charles Darwin many years ago which prompted him to write the book "The Origin of Species" containing the theory of evolution. While Darwin considered Galapagos a laboratory for evolution, Doug, his son, and his team set out to show that they are instead a showcase for the wisdom of the Creator.

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104:24 

From the sea lions on the red sandy beaches of Jervis Island to giant Galapagos tortoises of Santa Cruz Island, God's splendor was beautifully captured by the filmmakers, The Erwin brothers. Doug Phillips gives not only a fantastic talk about evolution and creation, but on the history of the islands and the many creatures that call them home.

One of the things I loved about this documentary was the conversation Doug had with his son at Pinnacle Rock. He said, "I commission you to take everything you've learned here and live heartily for God. Tell the stories of the Lord. There is more to be told. What we have learned is that this is a showcase for creation. You and your generation need to be telling that story to the world."

This is a wonderful movie for families who love to watch nature programs and can also be used for homeschooling tool or a small group study. There is a Discussion Guide included in the Bonus Features along with a chat with the photographer Peter Pallock who took gorgeous pictures during the journey.

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