I got into a “discussion” with a co-worker today. We get into these discussions, which are actually debates, about things you are not supposed to talk about: politics, religion, etc. Today we talked about why people are getting married later and later in life. We both presented our cases and then started arguing said cases. Somewhere in the middle I realized that our arguments were not really juxtaposed. In fact, we both agreed more than we disagreed. This happens just about every time we get into discussions. I shouldn’t be as surprised as I am.
I actually think many debates or arguments are really like that. They just for whatever reason turn into a “pissing contest” where each party wants to prove the other wrong when in fact if both parties took a step back they would realize they have more in common than they think. This is mostly what the movie, The Genesis Code is about. There is also a Romantic Dramedy in there too. Let me explain a bit more.
The Genesis Code tells the love story that unfolds between Blake Truman, a non-Christian college Hockey player (and the reason I took this assignment) and Kerry Wells, a Christian Journalism and Paleontology major. Couched within the love story is the reason Blake does not understand Kerry’s faith: the first chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible. He cannot understand, as many can’t, how to figure out six literal days of the Creation account in Genesis with scientific evidence that the world is billions of years old.
Kerry takes on the challenge and with her brainy whacky scientist brother (think Bill Nye the Science Guy) theorize that the Bible and Science are actually not as far apart as one would think. The explanation of this uses scientific words like Relativity and Time Dilation. It took up about 20 to 30 minutes in the middle of the movie to explain, so I won’t do that here… but suffice to say I had a headache and my scientific son was completely jazzed! All I know is to my simple mind I just wonder if the whole debate between Creationism and Science is one of those “pissing contests” where both parties are just trying to prove the other wrong rather than come together to find their common ground, or at least the possibility of common ground.
For that I applaud this movie… for at least trying. It isn’t the best made movie, with some weird lighting and some clunky acting here and there (not the actors playing Blake and Kerry), but it tries to tell a good story and bring two opposing sides together. To “build a bridge instead of throw stones” as the founder of this site says. I love that. The Romantic Dramedy is intriguing as well since the two are obviously attracted to each other, but also opposites. I like that they aren’t so set in their ways that they don’t get together.
If you are at all interested in the how Creationism and Science could possibly have some common ground I recommend this movie. The bonus is the great hockey scenes and love story. Enjoy!