Sometimes Christian contact me through the blog and ask for advice on how to get their apologetics skills up. I usually send them a copy of “Is God Just a Human Invention?” and a set of 3 DVDs from Illustra Media. Well, Illustra Media decided to make ALL their DVDs FREE for the next 2 months. The videos cover topics about intelligent design (biology and physics) and evolution.
Here’s the blurb: (H/T Uncommon Descent)
During this period of uncertainty and massive change in the normal cycle of our daily routines, the Illustra Media staff, board of directors, and our distributor (RPI) want to offer encouragement and hope through the films we have produced during the past 20 years.
For the next 60 days, we will make streaming of our full length documentaries available free of charge. Click on any of the titles below to access the English versions. To stream international translations click here. You may bookmark this page for future reference. Please feel free to share it with your friends, family, and social media contacts throughout the world.
Here are the ones I’ve seen and recommend:
- UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF LIFE: The Scientific Case for Intelligent Design
- THE PRIVILEGED PLANET: The Search for Purpose in the Universe
- DARWIN’S DILEMMA: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record
- METAMORPHOSIS: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies
- FLIGHT: The Genius of Birds
- LIVING WATERS: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth
The first 3 are the ones that I send to Christian defenders in training. You can get them here from RPI. I’ve bought from him many times, and this is the best place to get them.
Unlocking the Mystery of Life is about design in the cell, biological information, irreducible complexity and molecular machines.
The Privileged Planet is about cosmic fine-tuning, habitability fine-tuning related to stars and planets, and discoverability.
Darwin’s Dilemma is about the sudden origin of new information for different body plans in the Cambrian explosion.
The other three are about interesting features of birds, butterflies, dolphins and whales that are obviously designed.
Notice how there is a video about birds, but no videos about cats. That is because cats are not very interesting, whereas birds are not only very interesting but also morally good – especially parrots and hummingbirds. My parents have a parrot who adjusts all his behavior to fit in with the family’s wishes, and he is even good when no one is around to watch him. They also have hummingbirds that come and hover around them to say hello, just because my parents put out feeders for them.
You can imagine in the past when early Christians would debate atheists, all their arguments were just holding up birds and saying “look at this obviously designed thing that speaks like a human, and it has such good moral character, too”. You can’t do that with evil cats, who probably did evolve from worms and slime by random mutations and natural selection. The early atheists probably just held up cats and argued that a morally good, all-powerful God would not create such awful things.
Anyway, here are some nice trailers for some of the videos that I like best:
Unlocking the Mystery of Life:
The Privileged Planet:
Dolphins are pretty good!
Hummingbirds are the best!
I saved the best for last. They’re AWESOME!