From The Dust | Notes & Review

Posted on June 26, 2012


The question of where we come from is a mystery man has explored throughout human history. As Charles Darwin composed his theory of natural selection, he began defining for the modern generation a suitable, if altogether scientific answer for the origin of man. While this theory has gone largely unchallenged scientifically for the past 150 years, there is one segment of society that has been consistently uncomfortable with its revelations — the community of faith.

Does the Bible provide a narrative of mankind’s material origins? What is the real source of the controversy surrounding evolution vs. creation? How do we reconcile scientific discovery with a loving, universal, Creator-God?

In From the Dust, renowned theologians, educators, and scientists reexamine this perennial debate, and infuse it with fresh theories, new theological insights, and an open desire for truth and dialogue.

[from the back cover]

There really is no conflict… The purpose of this whole conversation is truth.

Part One: faith and science

Part Two: divinely inspired

Part Three: the conversation

Part Four: truly human

Featured in the movie are the following (in order of appearance): The Creation Museum, Petersburg, KY | Jason Lisle, Answers in Genesis | Terry Mortenson | Richard Colling | Mike Morgan, Olivet Nazarene University | Doug Porter, Olivet Nazarene University | Jeff Schloss, Westmont College | Alister McGrath | Nancy Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary | Ard Louis, Oxford | Michael Ramsden, Oxford | John Polkinghorne | James Gardner, Canopy Ministries | James Denton, Canopy Ministries | Clay Brinson, Canopy Ministries | John Walton, Wheaton Seminary | Karen Strand Winslow, Azusa Pacific University | Peter Enns | N.T. Wright | April Maskiewicz, Point Loma Nazarene University | Michael Lloyd, St. Paul’s Theological Centre | David Wenham | Rabbi Steve Cohen, Congregation B’nei, B’rith | Kerry Fulcher | Chris Tilling, St. Paul’s Theological Centre | Darrell Falk, Biologos

We cannot check our intellect at the doors of the church. If we are requiring people to deny what they know to be real, how can we expect them to take us seriously on matters of faith. And why should they?

Colossians 1:7. In him all things hold together.

— VIA —

The agenda of this film is a bit obscure, though the objective of the filmmakers in this documentary appears to be the dismantling of the fabricated conflict which has been primarily promulgated by the religious. Still, they give “young earth creationists” a decently fair hearing, while platforming several thoughtful theologians, scientists, etc., who, with almost an astounded sense of perplexity, point to God’s purposes and wonderthrough all of these scientific discoveries, even evolution. Ultimately, however, as is stated in their leaflet, “this film is meant to be a starting point for dialogue and conversation. The vision for the film was to once again open dialogue between the scientific mind and the heart and mind of faith.”


What does Genesis say about the material origins of the universe? Why do we feel this is an important question?

What do scientific discoveries say about the age of the earth? How do we balance the testimony of nature and the testimony of scripture for questions like this?

What are the key questions in the debate between young earth creationism and theistic evolution?

Why are Christians nervous about evolution?

What roles do science and theology have in assigning purpose and meaning to life, and in describing the world we inhabit?

What does “random” mean? Is it compatible with purpose?

Could God be as active in natural processes as He is through supernatural acts? How would that affect the way you understand and relate to God?

What is the difference between the Bible being written to us versus being written for us? How can we enter the world of the ancient Hebrews in understanding Genesis 1?

Does reading science into or out of the Bible damage the meaning of the text? How does the Bible relate to science?

How do we live with humility and a belief that God and the world may be greater and more complex than we can ever fully comprehend?

Why does God use history to achieve His purposes? How would that be similar to Him using evolutionary processes to achieve His purposes?

How do we understand the Image of God in an evolutionary scheme?

What is the purpose of being truly human?

What parts of our faith should we be certain and defensive about? What parts open to new perspectives or interpretations?

Why is the message of compatibility important for Christians? For non-Christians?

What does it look like to go deeper in conversations about science and faith?

What more do you want to learn about topics like this?

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