‘The Mysterious Islands’

New Galapagos film challenges evolution on ‘Ground Zero’ of Darwinism

As the world prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s landmark book, “On the Origin of Species,” Vision Forum has unveiled details on a new documentary, filmed in the Galapagos Islands, that debunks the conclusions Darwin reached during his storied trip to this island chain during the voyage of the HMS Beagle.

Shot and directed by the award-winning Jon and Andy Erwin of Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures, the 90-minute film, entitled “The Mysterious Islands,” is set for release in early November, just weeks prior to the Nov. 24 anniversary date of Darwin’s influential book.

The cinematically beautiful adventure film was shot earlier this year and examines the same unusual creatures Darwin saw while on the Galapagos Islands, and repudiates the findings he made there that formed the basis of his theory of evolution.

“This October and November, Americans and other Westerners will be confronted with an unprecedented onslaught of pro-evolutionary propaganda as the major media and leaders of academia heap praise on Charles Darwin, the patron saint of evolutionism,” noted Doug Phillips, who served as executive producer of “The Mysterious Islands.”

“New pro-Darwin feature films will be launched, including ‘Creation,’ a major motion picture produced by atheists and starring an outspoken atheist that will present a negative perspective on the biblical account of origins,” remarked Phillips. “Major international events will be held honoring Darwin in such places as the University of Chicago. The Darwin-hype is about to reach a feverish pitch as protagonists of evolutionism celebrate the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species.’

“Christians look to Jerusalem, Muslims to Mecca, but for the followers of Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Archipelago is the spiritual homeland to their evolutionary faith,” Phillips observed. “Our film – shot on Ground Zero of evolutionism – will be a counter-offensive to the Darwin adulation that blows holes in the conclusions he formed while observing the wonder-filled creatures that inhabit the Galapagos Islands.”

Told through the eyes of 16-year-old Joshua Phillips, “The Mysterious Islands” presents a remarkable quest to Darwin’s Eden with Joshua, his father and a team of scientists and investigators including Dr. John Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research.

“The Mysterious Islands” is a fast-paced film that tracks their journey of discovery as they walk where Darwin walked and engage with the amazing animals that he chronicled during his “Voyage of the Beagle.” Their mission: To determine whether the Galapagos Islands are a laboratory for evolution, as Darwinists claim, or a showcase for creation.

Along the way, the film examines intriguing questions that Darwin failed to answer, or that he just got wrong: Why do the animals on these islands appear to have little fear of man? Why have some of the creatures of the Galapagos developed such unusual characteristics? Are these phenomena evidences of evolution or something else? Does natural selection produce new kinds of animals, or just variations within the same kinds?

“Darwin was a poor naturalist,” noted Phillips, who led the team on this historic expedition. “While on the Galapagos, he improperly recorded his observations and later drew fundamentally wrong conclusions from the findings that he made. One hundred and fifty years after the publication of his magnum opus, his errors are clearer to see. It is not surprising that key arguments he advanced to support his theory of evolution have been rejected by evolutionists themselves. By retracing his steps, we show exactly where he erred.”

This beautiful documentary takes viewers deep beneath the ocean waves among hundreds of white-tip sharks, over lava fields covered with salt-spitting marine iguanas and to the unusual habitat of blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. Featuring the only team of creationists and Christian scientists to shoot a documentary on the Galapagos during 2009 – Darwin’s anniversary year – “The Mysterious Islands” brings a fresh perspective on Charles Darwin and his theory and presents sweeping cinematography of one of the most remote, desolate and fascinating island chains in the world.

For more information, visit www.TheMysteriousIslands.com.

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