It’s been a year since the last episode of The Mountain And The Word, but we are back – and the sound quality is better!
Re-starting The Mountain And The Word podcast! In this episode: an introduction to the Creation Center in Castle Rock, WA. A review of the movie Genesis Paradise Lost. Our education services. A science unit for homeschooled teens on oil.
I have had a number of inquiries to the Center in the last several days, asking about reports of rumblings at Mount St Helens. A little research shows that there have indeed been a number of earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St Helens, since the start of 2018. Those earthquakes – one of which reached magnitude 3.9 – are focused on the Bean Creek valley – a tributary of Smith Creek, which, in turn, flows south to join Muddy River, and hence drains into the Lewis River basin. To view a larger version of the map, please click on the small map.
There have, of course, been rumblings before, in recent years. There were a number of tremors in 2016. Magnitude 3.9 is fairly substantial. It is possible for an earthquake that size to cause a little damage, and it could certainly be felt. However, Bean Creek happens to be in a remote area of the Gifford National Forest.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network report that this cluster of tremors is due to local fault lines in and around Bean Creek, and is not associated with magma under Mount St Helens. It follows that these events are not likely to be linked to a possible forthcoming eruption of the volcano.
Nevertheless, it must always be remembered that Mount St Helens is the most active volcano in the contiguous 48 states. There is always a danger of further eruptions. An eruption on the scale of that of 2004 is not unlikely, though we probably do not expect something as violent as the 1980 eruption.
In the space of the last 12 months, three creation-based movies have been seen as one-off events at movie theaters, distributed by the theater event company, Fathom Events. The first was Is Genesis History – a documentary compiled by Del Tacket, and featuring creation scientists such as Andrew Snelling, Robert Carter, and Danny Faulkner. The there was Genesis: Paradise Lost, which was created by my friends Eric Hovind and Ralph Strean, with a galaxy of creationist stars such as Ken Ham, Charles Jackson, Andrew Fabich, Bodie Hodge, David Menton, Georgia Purdom, and many more.
Now there was Alien Intrusion, which was a bit different. I went to see this at the movie theater on Thursday January 11th 2018. Based on the book by Gary Bates, this movie follows Bates, as he describes his research into the phenomenon of alien visitation and abduction. Most such phenomena can be explained by naturalistic means, but there is a minority of such experiences where there is clearly something real that has happened to the experiencers, that has affected their lives. In most cases, these people want the experiences to stop, and are left depressed and anxious by them. Bates analyzes these more realistic phenomena from a biblical perspective and comes up with an explanation which is at once startling, but, in my opinion, convincing. I think you need to read the book or watch the movie to get the explanation.
The movie included several other experts, as well as some fascinating personal testimonies. There was also some excellent film sequences, to accompany the argument. The topic is difficult for some Christians to accept, but I suggest it is an important topic, and am pleased that the movie worked so well.
Are there any negatives? Just two small negatives. The first is really not the fault of Bates or his ministry (CMI). The other two films that I mentioned were screened at my local theater in Kelso, WA. But the number of theaters being used for Alien was much less, and I had to drive for an hour to the state capital, Olympia. This also led to small audiences. The theater auditorium that I was in had just 12 people in it, compared to a full auditorium for both the other movies. The second is that the movie did not start with a solid biblical presupposition. Indeed, one of the participants early in the movie started by mentioning the “Law of Causality”, but was really quoting the Kalam Cosmological Argument. I have explained in my book, Only Believe, why I believe we should not use the KCA.
These negatives are minor, compared to the importance of the subject. I was glad that I had watched it, and I will definitely be wanting to get hold of the movie for screening in our Creation Center, if I am able.
The Garden of Eden was paradise. The word paradise refers to a park, garden, or orchard. The connotations are that a paradise is a very pleasant place. Eden fits those criteria. God made a world that was perfect. He set Adam and his wife in a garden called Eden, that was to be pleasant and perfect. But then they spoiled it all, and lost paradise, by their sin. Specifically, Adam failed as our federal head, by disobeying God, and plunging every one of us into sin and death.
Today, the majority do not believe this account is true. So, maybe eight or nine years ago, a talented animator called Ralph Strean, set up a company called Sevenfold Films in order to produce a 3D animation, so that people could see how the Creation could have occurred. In 2012, Ralph moved to Pensacola, Florida, to team up with Eric Hovind and his Creation Today ministry, to be able to provide a solid creationist backing for the movie, and also to tap into Eric's boundless, boyish enthusiasm for the subject. It is his long-term commitment, coupled with his humor, that has kept this project alive. I cannot think of anyone else in creationism, who could have driven a project like this, while keeping so many people on board.
And that is where I need to make a personal disclaimer. You see, at that time, I was working for Creation Today, so I have seen, and supported the project from very early. Ralph often popped into my office to clarify various issues on current creationist thinking. And because I had previously worked for Answers in Genesis, I was able to introduce Eric and Ralph to the folks there. The rest, as they say, is history.
We all know that animations take a long time. But finally on Monday November 13th 2017, the finished movie was shown in movie theaters all over the US.
Was it good? No, it wasn't good. It was absolutely magnificent!
The 3D effects were amazing. I was privileged to offer a little initial information. But providing some of the factual information for the movie contributes nothing to the sheer artistic genius that is Ralph's work. A decade ago, I never could have imagined watching a visualization of the first chapter of Genesis. Yet this is exactly how I imagined the creation could have happened! I am confident that the word “genius” is not too high a word to describe Mr Strean, and his work.
The movie also featured so many of my dear friends – Danny Faulkner, Bodie Hodge, Charles Jackson, to name but three.
Movingly, the film did not pull its punches, and concluded with an excellent, biblically sound presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I loved this movie. I haven't seen the last three years worth of work, so it was a thrill to watch. And theater-goers had the privilege of seeing so much extra material before and after the movie.
I am looking forward to the release of the DVD and video downloads. And there is going to be so much other stuff to go with it, including study guides, and discussion groups. I am thrilled by this movie. If you were not there on Monday November 13th, you missed a treat. But the treats are still coming. And, remember, there is a book to accompany this movie. It is called Genesis.
One of the most fascinating local wildlife sights in November is that of Canada Geese gathering overhead, to fly South for the Winter. I remember such geese in Britain, where they have been introduced — but not as many as you see here on North America's East Coast. When I took my dogs out for a walk this morning, there were hundreds of these large birds, flying overhead, seemingly following the Cowlitz River.
Why do birds migrate? Of course, in one sense, we know the answer. They are changing their climates. But how does an evolutionist explain why migration occurred, and how they laid the trails of travel to and from warmer climes?
The enormous flocks of flying, migrating geese are an awesome sight. They remind us of the creativity of our Creator, who has made everything so well.
Our friends at Creation Today and SevenFold Films have now got a release date for the wonderful 3D film, Genesis: Paradise Lost.
Here at the Mount St Helens Creation Center, we are so excited to be able to endorse this film, and to recommend that you go to see it. On November 13th, at a movie theater near you, you will be able to go and watch it in normal vision, or in 3D.
Just watch the trailer, and you will be as excited as we are!
Did you know that about 3,000 people came through the Mount St Helens Creation Center last year?
Many of these were like Jon. He was having his 11thbirthday in this area. He had learned about Mount St Helens from anaudio series, and wanted all his family to know how the volcano illustrates the truth of God’s word.
Many of them were like Roger, who, though he didn’t believe in the timescale of Genesis, wanted to accompany his nephews and nieces to the area, with his sister and brother-in-law. After walking th eHummocks Trail with us, he was convinced that the Bible’s timescale was true.
What is there to see?
At Mount St Helens, people see for themselves the results of natural catastrophe, and at the Mount St Helens Creation Center, we are here to help them make the connection between this and the worldwide catastrophe of Noah’s Flood. It is only at the Mount St Helens Creation Center, that visitors to this area will get a biblical and scientific view of the events that have shaped this landscape.
Where is it?
Our new Center is in an exciting location, in the heart of downtown Castle Rock—a small city, situated right by the Interstate, at the point where visitors exit to drive to the mountain. We want even more people to be able to see even more exciting, faith-building displays and information, which will point them to the truth of God’s word. That is why we are asking to you to partner with us, to raise $40,000 in 2017. In this first phase of the development of the Center, we will use this $40,000 to go towards things like information displays, and painting and decorating the facilities, as well as carrying out essential repairs. We want thereto be a friendly, attractive, and dynamic environment here, in which the truth of God’s word will be proclaimed. In three phases, we are asking you to help us achieve our goal of $100,000.
Presuppositional Apologetics is the name given to that form of defending the faith, which starts entirely from biblical principles. It is a subject that we have discussed several times before in this podcast, and it is the subject of my book ‘Only Believe’.
Recently, I have noticed that there are a number of what I would refer to as Cage Stage Presuppositionalists on the internet. They have adopted the methodology of presuppositionalism, as one tool among many, without, it would seem, a real understanding of what it is about – or, more importantly, what He is about.
In order to consider this problem, I am joined on the show by my good friend Sye ten Bruggencate, who shares my concerns. Our conversation covers a great deal of ground on this topic, in what is probably the longest TMATW so far.