Last year, Creation Ministries International announced a new documentary called “Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels” which was supposed to be revolutionary and like no other creationist movie. Did anyone see it? Anyone? I didn’t, but I just ran across some notes on it, so I rummaged around the web to find out what happened.
Here’s what was supposed to make it “special”.
The book is like no other work that we are aware of, in that it is authored exclusively by 9 Ph.D. scientists.
It’s all blatant credentialism! You know, I’ve got stacks and stacks of books in my office that were written by people with Ph.D.s, far more than 9, and and none of them have gushing blurbs announcing that the authors have a Ph. frickin’ D. It’s weird to see. If having a Ph.D. is such an amazing heroic thing that bestows brilliance on its possessors, why do these people ignore the masses of science articles that come out every week by people with doctorates, all endorsing evolution?
And there’s more!
The documentary involves even more PhD scientists, 15 in all, and features striking footage and brilliant computer animations. All of these scientists received their doctorates from similar, secular universities as their evolutionary counterparts. Each is a specialist in various relevant fields.
The fifteen Ph.D. scientists include Donald Batten, Robert Carter, David Catchpoole, John Hartnett, Mark Harwood, Jim Mason, Jonathan Sarfati, Emil Silvestru and Tasman Walker.
I know of some of those people, and no, having them listed as authors does not improve the reputation of the book or documentary. Sarfati? Really? You can watch the trailer and see what I mean.
All those claims are absurd, and they really give no evidence to support them in this short trailer…and I have no confidence that they will do so in the full movie.
So it’s been “out” for a year, by a loose definition of “out”. The premiere was apparently held in a high school gymnasium, sponsored by a local church. At least it’s a step above the traditional church basement, although I suspect that that’s where all subsequent showings occurred.
It’s a strategy that has some interesting effects. There are no negative reviews out there (one exception: Steven Novella wrote a criticism of the trailer, but doesn’t seem to have seen the whole thing). That means that the only people who have watched it are the kind of people who’d watch a movie shown in a church basement.
So IMDB gives it a 7/10 star rating. 15 out of 18 reviews at Amazon give it the highest rating. With no mass release, it isn’t even listed at Rotten Tomatoes.
And I have no interest at all in shelling out $15 for the video, or $10 for a kindle copy of the book, or even in spending the time to go over this pathetic collection of familiar, oft-refuted bullshit.
I think they’ve found the magic formula for getting good reviews: make a movie so bad and formulaic that no one watches it, other than the fanatics who already believe your lies.