The Mysterious Islands
Format: Documentary: 2 disk DVD set
Publisher: Vision Forum (2009)
Length: 90 min. plus bonus disc
At the far end of the world, there exists a strange and unusual chain of islands, resting above vast tectonic plates.
This is the world of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to salt-spitting marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises that can live to be more than 150 years of age. It is also the birthplace of Darwinism, for here in 1835, a young Charles Darwin began to formulate a theory which would turn the world upside down. More than a century and a half later, these mysterious islands remain at the center of a controversy that has shaped the way modern men perceive science, religion, and life itself. The unique ingredients found on the Galápagos have led many of Darwin’s followers to describe it as Darwin’s Eden — a “laboratory of evolution.”
Now, for the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th of his seminal work, On the Origin of Species, Doug Phillips leads a team of Christian scientists and investigators to this “ground zero” in the war of the worldviews. Seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Joshua Phillips, who joins his father and noted researchers like Dr.John Morris of the Institute for Creation Research, The Mysterious Islands is the story of one boy’s search for answers to the great controversy of the modern world. It is a refreshing father-and-son adventure that combines cinematically breathtaking footage with high adventure. The quest: to determine whether the Galápagos Islands are a laboratory of evolution, or a testimony to creation.
This beautiful, ninety-minute documentary takes viewers deep beneath the ocean waves, among hundreds of white-tip sharks, into volcanic craters with giant lizards, and to the unusual habitat of the Blue-footed booby. Featuring the only team of Creationists and Christian scientists to shoot a documentary on the Galápagos in 2009 — Darwin’s anniversary year — the film brings a fresh perspective on the Theory of Evolution and presents stunning cinematography of one of the most desolate and fascinating locations in the world.
Includes bonus disc featuring:
• The Flightless Cormorant: A Response to Richard Dawkins
• The Galápagos Whaling Controversy: A Christian Perspective
• Shooting the Galápagos: A Photographer's Journey
• Early explorers to the Galápagos
• Various animal clips and short comments
• Deleted scenes, and more!
The Mysterious Islands is by far the best creationist documentary about Darwin and the Galapagos available. . . This film is must-viewing—and something for you to show others. —Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the acclaimed Creation Museum
The Mysterious Islands is a powerful apologetic for God's Hand in creation. I was amazed, not only at the beautiful cinematography, but also the solid arguments against evolution. —Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association