Tuesday, October 13, 2015

{Review} Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth

Students of all ages often wonder how to reconcile the science they've learned with different beliefs they and their families hold as to the origin of life on Earth. Our family is no different and so were very pleased to be given a chance to review Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth from FishFlix.com.

For the purpose of the review we were given a DVD copy of the video, which runs approximately 68 minutes. However, it honestly didn't feel even half that long while we were watching it, but sure enough a clock verified we spent over an hour viewing the DVD. While the science in this video is detailed, there is nothing which is inappropriate for any age child. In our opinion, even the science could be easily understood by mid-elementary aged children.

Unexpected Homeschool Review: Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth - a well made argument FOR intelligent design.

Living Waters is told from an intelligent design perspective, however it does not go into a creationism versus evolution argument nor does it appear to be told from any specific religious viewpoint. It is simply a well made case for intelligent design. 

The video uses multiple examples from marine life to support the position of intelligent design, arguing that natural selection cannot logically account for the many complex biological systems. According to the video, evidence of planning in the global architecture is documented across scientific fields, specifically in genetics and molecular biology, and all point to the intelligent design cause.

Living Waters goes into great detail to explain various biological features of dolphins, sea turtles, salmon, and humpback whales. Largely among these systems described are the unbelievably accurate biological navigation abilities used to find birth locations long since left. Study of the animals has revealed amazing biological engineering feats entirely unable to be explained by natural selection mutations.

Unexpected Homeschool Review: Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth - a well made argument FOR intelligent design.

Despite the fact that natural selection cannot logically explain why so many unrelated organisms have similarly styled sophisticated biological systems, the video goes on with further proof to address those who argue it can all still be explained without intelligent design. Mathematics shows the time frame needed to produce all these natural selection mutations is staggering and impossible even considering the longest possible age of the Earth from the fossil record. It would take at least 100,000 million years just to achieve two simultaneous positive mutations, much less the thousands of mutations needed to affect the changes between the species as suggested in natural selection.

Our Opinion:
We used this video as a bridge between science and our belief in a creationist view point. Now that Amber is in the latter stage of middle school and nearing the end of her confirmation classes at church, much of her learning focuses on how to apply her faith to every day living. She has learned what we believe in respect to creation and life on Earth, but understanding how to defend this view point and how it even makes sense in our world is not easy even for adults.

Unexpected Homeschool Review: Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth - a well made argument FOR intelligent design.

She and I sat down together to watch the video, but I had to wander off a few times in the beginning to deal with some pet issues. I came back to find her enthralled in the video and she paused the playback to give me a summary of what I missed. From there on out I was able to sit with her and watch the remainder.

We felt the amount of biological data given and use of well known animals showed a confidence and transparency in the argument. There were no smoke and mirror type of magic arguments used, or "wave of hand" explanations to prove the point. Everything was a solid scientific argument for the case of intelligent design.

We highly recommend Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth for anyone at all interested in understanding more of the case behind intelligent design over natural selection. For us, it was a perfect fit in our homeschool.


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