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Monday, November 23, 2009

Watch scientists 'prove Darwin wrong'

Just in time for the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," a team of Christian scientists has traveled back in time to the birthplace of evolution to "prove Darwin wrong."

The scientists have embarked on a journey to the Galapagos Islands, the same island chain Darwin visited during the voyage of the HMS Beagle in 1835. Many scholars today agree that the animals and plants Darwin saw on those islands contributed greatly to his becoming an evolutionist.

Convinced that different species had evolved from common ancestors, Darwin began forming his theory of evolution within two years of the ship's return to England in 1836. His 1859 book "On the Origin of Species" became the impetus for persuading many members of the scientific community to accept evolution in the 1860s.

But upon returning to the very spot Charles Darwin arrived 174 years ago, the Christian scientists have examined the same unusual creatures Darwin saw – and they've documented their findings in a 90-minute Vision Forum Ministries film titled, "The Mysterious Islands: A Surprising Journey to Darwin's Eden." The documentary was shot and directed by award-winning Jon and Andy Erwin of Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures.

Their mission: Determine whether the Galapagos Islands, resting above vast tectonic plates, are a laboratory for evolution as Darwin believed – or a truly magnificent showcase of God's creation.


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