Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus. Most of these efforts are well-meaning in their intent, but ultimately it is the Bible that ends up being reinterpreted.
A comment by the pastor in the movie suggests that it took this long for man to evolve to the point at which this could finally be understood — how ironic. Overall the movie is well done, with romance, tragedy and suspense. Unfortunately, the rather long sequence where the reconciliation of Genesis and science is explained is hard to follow unless you are already familiar with some modern scientific theories.
Basically, light is accepted as the ultimate measure of time, and it is explained how it can be affected by gravity, expansion of space, and velocity of the observer. It says that a twin taking a trip near light speed would come back from the trip younger than the twin who had remained on earth, if we take the earth to be the frame of reference. However, since everything is relative in the theory of relativity, if we take the traveling twin as the frame of reference, the twin on earth should be the younger one.
This exposes a serious problem for the theory, since one twin cannot be both younger and older after the same event. QED, right? Except, no. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. Ham is Australian—a rare sort of Australian, in that he is religiously devout and completely humorless—but he possesses a specifically American talent, one on display in mega-churches and theme parks across the country, for staging emotion-saturated high-tech spectacles.
And so his museum is filled with buff animatronic Adams and sexpot Eves plastic breasts covered by waterfalls of extremely healthy hair and writhing snakes and flying dragons and dinosaurs much larger than the average chicken. Ham is not only a creationist but an oppositionist. My sympathies, by the way, do not lie entirely where you might think. Who am I?
Why am I here? How then shall I live? A faith that demands uncompromising fealty to a literal reading of its origin story seems to me a perilously brittle faith.