by Caroline Tomlinson, Communications Content Manager
Have you ever wondered how the Rocky Mountains came to be? Have you ever asked how the Grand Canyon was formed? These questions and more will be discussed during the premiere showing of the new documentary “Is Genesis History? Mountains After the Flood” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Cedarville University’s Devries Theatre.
The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Hosted by Dr. Del Tackett, this documentary follows its prequel, “Is Genesis History,” which was released in 2017. Featuring Dr. John Whitmore, senior professor of geology at Cedarville University, “Mountains After the Flood” starts the conversation of what happened after the worldwide flood recorded in the book of Genesis.
“The second film tells the story of the research that Dr. Andrew Snelling and I did in the Grand Canyon,” said Whitmore. “We collected samples that proved the folds in the canyon indicate the rock was soft at one point.”
The folds in the rocks of the Grand Canyon have previously been explained by old-earth scientists as the result of heat and pressure over millions of years long after the rock had hardened. Whitmore and Snelling, a geologist for Answers in Genesis, found that couldn’t be the case.
“No one had really done any deep investigation to study the effects of heat and pressure over millions of years,” said Snelling. “By looking under a microscope, you can clearly see the results of hardened rock over time, and that wasn’t consistent with what evolutionists claimed.”
By studying rock samples, Snelling found the original sediments were deposited, folded shortly thereafter, and then turned into rock – eliminating around 450 million years of time in the geological record.
Thomas Purifoy, Jr., film producer for Compass Cinema, has edited interviews with Snelling, Whitmore, and other scientists into a cohesive documentary.
The research didn’t come easy. Early on in the process, Snelling was denied permit access to the Grand Canyon because he was a creationist. Once granted access with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Snelling, and Whitmore embarked on a raft trip to the canyon to gather samples.
While there, Snelling suffered from a fall, resulting in a concussion and several bandages. Through all the challenges, the film is sure to encourage believers and start necessary conversations surrounding creation and the geological record.
“Our goal is to show Genesis is real and true,” added Whitmore. “The rocks support what Genesis says. I’m hoping to encourage believers that the Scriptures are true.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,082 undergraduate, graduate, and dual-enrolled high school students in more than 175 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, high graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and the #4 national ranking by the Wall Street Journal for student engagement. For more information about the University, visit cedarville.edu.