Upcoming Christian Film to ‘Cause a Stir’ in Creation/Evolution Debate

PosterORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – An experienced Christian moviemaker plans to release a film this September which he hopes will be ‘an excellent discussion starter’ on the creation/evolution debate.

Rich Christiano is a filmmaker in southern California who has directed a number of popular Christian movies, including the award-winning 2009 film, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. Many believe Christiano’s latest project, titled A Matter of Faith, has the potential to powerfully impact the Christian church and the culture at large.

The subject matter of A Matter of Faith, Christiano told Christian News Network, is the evolution versus creation debate.

“Evolution is basically taught in our schools and universities across this great land of ours as a matter of fact,” Christiano said. “Yet nobody can prove evolution, because nobody was there at the beginning—just as no person can prove creation, since nobody was there at the beginning. Both of these then become a matter of faith, not fact.”

The film’s plot centers around a Christian girl who is influenced during her first year of college by an evolutionist Biology professor. When the student’s father notices his daughter drifting from the faith, he decides to do something about it and agrees to publicly challenge the professor in a debate.

Christiano told Christian News Network that A Matter of Faith will likely spark widespread discussion on the creation/evolution debate once the film is released in theaters September 26.

“I think this movie can be an excellent discussion starter,” he stated. “I think it’s a very strong movie to show to a non-believer.”

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The crux of the evolution/creation debate, Christiano said, ultimately comes down to a simple question: “Who are you putting your faith in? Darwin? Or God?” Christiano hopes the message of the film will resonate with Christians across the country.

“We hope this film will cause a stir about the issue of evolution and creation, to bring this to the forefront,” Christiano added. “Christians can dialogue with other people about this, and use the subject as a witnessing tool.”

Christiano also hopes the film will arouse an increasingly apathetic Christian church to a greater zeal for God and the gospel.

“Too often the church plays defense,” Christiano asserted. “The world does something we don’t like and we complain about it. I feel we need to play offense. Forget what the world is doing. Let’s just put forth the truth in love and trust the Lord to use the message in the lives of the viewers. Showing Christian films in theaters can be a very effective way to communicate this message.”

In order to spread the word for A Matter of Faith, Christiano is asking Christians across the country to sponsor the film in local theaters.

“We are partnering with people who want to reach out to the culture and minister,” he explained. “Then, as a thank you, we are sharing with them half the revenue we receive from theaters. Local groups will create revenue for their own ministries while at the same time sharing the gospel to their communities, and we are excited about that.”

Though the release date is still over three months away, many Christian leaders who have previewed the film are praising its biblical message. Both Ray Comfort and Ken Ham describe A Matter of Faith as a must-see.

“A great movie,” Comfort said. “Heart-warming, educational, God-honoring, and timely.”

“We don’t endorse very many movies, not even many of those that are supposedly ‘Christian’ based,” Ham explained. “But we are getting fully behind A Matter of Faith!”

The response from pastors and Christians across the country, Christiano told Christian News Network, has already been very encouraging.

“God’s raising up a great group of people here that are helping us,” he said.

Nevertheless, Christiano stressed, there is still a need for many more sponsors. Those who are interested in bringing A Matter of Faith to local theaters are encouraged to explore the film’s website for sponsorship details and more information about the film.

“We’re hoping that people will contact us if they want to bring the movie to their community,” Christiano explained. “We will set them up to where they can preview the film and see if they want to sponsor it. … We’ll partner with them.”

By September, Christiano hopes the film will be released across the country and impact countless lives with its biblical message.

“I’m most excited about the message of this movie and what it says,” he explained. “I feel we presented the truth in love and this movie’s got heart at the end. I think you could show this to the staunchest atheist and I think he’ll be touched at the end.”

“But only,” Christiano added, “if someone or a group steps up to bring the movie to their city. We hope the Christians will at least consider this as an outreach vehicle because we need them.”

Editor’s note: Christiano welcomes questions about the film via email at [email protected]

Photo: Rich Christiano


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  • Mary

    Is the movie gonna be available in South Africa, we really need to watch movie.

  • Mary

    Love the movie so much although not yet seeing/watch the movie, hope wil be available in South Africa.

  • David Hore

    Why make a movie rather than sponsor good science that supports Creation? You know why….

    • C.P. Steinmetz

      You deserve the million stars award for your comment.

  • Jean

    The word .debate. Is listed in romans 1 but not in a good way.

  • C.P. Steinmetz

    An experienced Christian moviemaker plans to release a film this September which he hopes will be ‘an excellent discussion starter’ on the creation/evolution debate.
    Given the tenor of his efforts, it would probably be safe to say that he doesn’t want ‘discussion’; rather he wants conversion.

    Rich Christiano is a filmmaker in southern California who has directed a number of popular Christian movies, including the award-winning 2009 film, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. Many believe Christiano’s latest project, titled A Matter of Faith, has the potential to powerfully impact the Christian church and the culture at large.
    Unfortunately, it just may.

    The subject matter of A Matter of Faith, Christiano told Christian News Network, is the evolution versus creation debate.

    “Evolution is basically taught in our schools and universities across this great land of ours as a matter of fact,”
    That is because it is a fact. There are theories about the mechanisms of evolution, but evolution is an established fact.

    Christiano said. “Yet nobody can prove evolution, because nobody was there at the beginning

    This is the first of many scientific ignorancies in this article. The scientific method never ‘proves’ anything. Rather, by disproving alternative explanations, one arrives at an explanation that fits the facts to the point that no reasonable person would disagree. For example, few people would dispute ‘gravity’ as a fact, and most would agree that Newton’s Theory of Gravity explains everyday occurrences to the point that disagreement would not be justifiable. But, just as ‘gravity’ is a fact, there are competing theories for explanation.

    because nobody was there at the beginning
    Nobody was ‘there’ when the meteor created the Chicxulub crater either, but few would doubt its existence. In short, there is objective evidence – which is lacking for ‘creationism’.

    —just as no person can prove creation, since nobody was there at the beginning. Both of these then become a matter of faith, not fact.”
    This is a large straw man. First, the film maker confuses ‘evolution’ with the start of – life, the universe, what? His confusion strongly suggests he doesn’t actually know what ‘evolution’ is.

    Then, he lumps ‘belief’ and ‘faith’ together. I trust he is confused rather than attempting to mislead.

    “I think this movie can be an excellent discussion starter,” he stated. “I think it’s a very strong movie to show to a non-believer.”

    I am afraid that any scientifically literate non-believer will only see the humor or horror in this film.

    The crux of the evolution/creation debate, Christiano said, ultimately comes down to a simple question: “Who are you putting your faith in? Darwin? Or God?”
    A misleading and mischaracterized argument. The question should be better put: What will you believe; science which has multiple overwhelming and converging evidences from physics, astronomy, geology, biology, etc., or religion that has no objective evidence – only faith?

    “Christians can dialogue with other people about this, and use the subject as a witnessing tool.” Again, the first time the ‘witnessee’ asks for objective evidence from mainstream reputable scientific sources, the tool will be blunted.

    Though the release date is still over three months away, many Christian leaders who have previewed the film are praising its biblical message. Both Ray Comfort and Ken Ham describe A Matter of Faith as a must-see.

    Not to be unnecessarily harsh, but I wonder if Ray Comfort or Ken Ham would know a valid scientific fact if they tripped over it.

    “I feel we presented the truth in love and this movie’s got heart at the end. I think you could show this to the staunchest atheist and I think he’ll be touched at the end.”

    I think he didn’t mean ‘touched’; I think – if it is as scientifically illiterate as this article suggests – he should put his money on ‘rolling on the floor and laughing himself sick’, or ‘nauseated’.

  • D. Kermott

    CP Steinmetz is a perfect example of those who profess themselves to be wise and become fools.

    The intolerance and arrogance is obvious. Anyone who doesn’t believe like he does must be inferior — how long before your religion’s advocates persecute Christians for the crime of not believing your way?

    Objective evidence is apparently not required for evolution to be considered fact. As long as you believe we evolved from a micro-organism that magically appeared in some primordial soup and the earth appeared from a gigantic explosion where there was first nothing but now something you’ll be accepted into the zealous factions of today’s godless universities and science labs. How is faith in big-bang or evolution’s spontaneous generation any different from faith in a supernatural being bestowing life?

    The supernatural cannot be tested by the natural.
    You can choose not to believe but continued disbelief will result in God giving you a strong delusion and a seared conscience.

    Evolution is an integral part of many religions including today’s secular humanism. Common acceptance by scientists does not make evolution a fact.

    Statistics can use the same study to prove or disprove anything. How you interpret the results depends upon your world-view. This is particularly evident with the amount of scientists faking the results of their studies of late. (apparently the statistics on this show that men are 2x more likely to fabricate scientific results than women but that might just be the interpretation of the journalist reading the results of the study)

    One final thing, sexual reproduction results in the net loss of genetic information which has nothing to do with evolution. Some may call this micro-evolution but that only exposes the lunacy of so-called “scholars.” In my opinion this shows an excellent example of the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

    😛

  • C.P. Steinmetz

    Thank you for your reply. I would have responded to you quicker, if the captcha would ever work. .

    CP Steinmetz is a perfect example of those who profess themselves to be wise and become fools.

    Would you like to try that again, without the ad hominem.

    The intolerance and arrogance is obvious. Anyone who doesn’t believe like he does must be inferior — how long before your religion’s advocates persecute Christians for the crime of not believing your way?

    I probably am too intolerant and arrogant. However, I really don’t believe that scientists have been the ones persecuting others for not following their beliefs.

    Objective evidence is apparently not required for evolution to be considered fact. As long as you believe we evolved from a micro-organism that magically appeared in some primordial soup and the earth appeared from a gigantic explosion where there was first nothing but now something

    You demonstrate the same misinformed understanding of evolution as did the film maker. You will begin to develop an understanding of ‘evolution’ if you would try getting some science knowledge from a science source rather than from religionists.

    you’ll be accepted into the zealous factions of today’s godless universities and science labs.

    I detect that you really have a hard time with science. Yes, science looks for natural – not supernatural – explanations, because only with natural explanations can one show what doesn’t work. For example, there was a time when lightning striking buildings or trees was seen as ‘God did it, for his own mysterious reasons.’ That belief would not have led to an understanding of lightning and lightning rods.

    How is faith in big-bang or evolution’s spontaneous generation any different from faith in a supernatural being bestowing life?

    It is nice you ask that, as it is an important distinction. I can ‘believe’ in a big bang (evolution says nothing about ‘spontaneous generation’) because of the converging objective evidence from many scientific fields – while you can only have ‘faith’ in your supernatural being, because you have no objective evidence. If you had objective evidence, you wouldn’t need faith. Do you need faith to fly in an airplane, or do you believe it will fly?

    The supernatural cannot be tested by the natural.

    Of course it can. Many supernatural beings have stated that if you prayed, worshiped or had faith, anything was possible. Obviously, that doesn’t happen.

    You can choose not to believe but continued disbelief will result in God giving you a strong delusion and a seared conscience.

    That might be scary if you had any objective evidence – but, you don’t.

    Evolution is an integral part of many religions including today’s secular humanism.

    So? The fact that a religion adopts evolution or not is irrelevant as to its factual nature.

    Common acceptance by scientists does not make evolution a fact.

    The fact that there is voluminous evidence does make it a fact – to anyone who is willing to accept the evidence of their senses, rather than their early indoctrination into religion.

    One final thing, sexual reproduction results in the net loss of genetic information which has nothing to do with evolution.

    Ok.