Inhuman: The Next And Final Phase Of Man Is Here

2017-02-26-inhumanInhuman is a pretty interesting documentary that covers the topic of Transhumanism — that is, the idea that humans can “transcend” the limitations of our current biological, intellectual and societal barriers and become a “better” form of life.

It’s a topic rarely discussed by the mainstream church, and can be enticing and exciting to younger and/or less-informed people … which can lead to over-enthusiasm about a subject that is frankly quite disturbing.

This two-disc, three-hour long documentary takes an in-depth look at the origins of Transhumanism, how science and politics is pushing it all over the world nowadays, its ties to eugenics (and the racial eradication attempts by Nazi Germany) and lastly, its connection to the Bible.

I will say that the first two-thirds of the documentary were quite boring to me, because I had heard much about this beforehand, and didn’t necessarily want another explanation of things relating to the Transhumanist movement origin and current agenda. But, luckily, the final act of the documentary ties the content to Biblical discussion, and that is where I feel the film is most effective in its messaging.

The guest speakers for the film from the Transhumanist side — namely Dr. Natasha Vita-More and Dr. James J. Hughes — are quite disturbing. Hughes, in his endorsement of messing with human biology — actually tries to make the case that humans should have cat whiskers if they want, just because it is possible. Meanwhile, Vita-More is visibly shaking (and almost looks possessed) as she talks in one segment about how God did a lousy job and we could do better. These key players in the Transhumanism movement are indeed against Jesus.

The most interesting speakers in the film were Wesley J. Smith (senior fellow at the conservative Discovery Center think tank) and Dr. William B. Hurlbut (a Neurobiology adjunct professor at Stanford) because they seemed to approach the subject from a Biblical perspective (in Smith’s case) and/or simply a “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” perspective (in Hurlbut’s case). They both understood the positives of tinkering with human potential, but were more concerned about the potential downsides.

I would say watch this movie if you can find it very cheap — my copy cost me $16.00, and I believe that is a bit too much, considering most of the film isn’t necessary if you have some knowledge of the subject matter.

Luther

2017-02-20-lutherIt’s hard to believe that this film — Luther — came out nearly 15 years ago and has pretty much stayed under the radar since then … because in all honesty, it’s a very, very good historical film about Martin Luther and the beginning of the Reformation movement.

In the film we follow Martin Luther as a young, inexperienced Catholic priest who wants to glorify God and know God’s will — but is at war with himself because he feels he cannot overcome his own personal demons. On top of that, when Luther visits Rome, he is disgusted at the blatant disregard fellow men of God show for God!

Upon returning to Germany and seeing even more money grabbing behavior by the newest Pope affect people in the land, Martin Luther creates a list of things that all in town need to read. The letter, boldly nailed to a church door, details the major conflicts Catholic teaching has with the true Word of God.

From then on Rome is at odds with Luther, and eventually the Pope and Cardinals and German royalty in it get involved as well — all the while Martin works on translating the New Testament to German, so everyday Germans can read the Bible for themselves, vs. being told what to believe.

Overall the film is very well done, and has very good production values, acting, dialogue and a good score as well. The pacing is a bit off at times though, and a lot of material is covered near the end (an extra 30 minutes would have fleshed things out more). This is a great historical drama, and can be enjoyed by just about anyone — whether they are a believer or not. But if you are a believer, you will find the story even more interesting, because it shows how Europe finally escaped the Dark Ages by embracing the Word of God instead of keeping it hidden away, as a means to rule others.

KJB: The Book That Changed The World

2017-02-12-kjbKJB: The Book That Changed The World is an excellent documentary about the formation of the King James Version of the Bible, in England, during the time of the 1600s.

John Rhys-Davies does a terrific job of narrating and guiding the watcher through the complex tale of events that led up to the translation’s creation … and also helps break up what could have been a long series of still/static shots by having John walk through many real-world locations, describing things even further.

This documentary has a heavy emphasis on acted-out-segments, which means that while the narrator covers material in a general sense, the actual acted-out scenes show specific events in a more dramatized and realistic manner on-screen. The acted-out scenes were on-par with Hollywood productions about historical dramas, and were a pleasant surprise.

What I liked the most about the film was its dramatized segments — all of which feature very good acting, costumes, makeup, dialog and casting — because this is probably the closest we’ll ever get to having a legitimate Hollywood retelling of the true-life events surrounding the KJV translation’s creation.

If I had any complaints, it would likely be just one — I would have loved another 15-20 minutes detailing what books were accepted or left-out (and why exactly), and how the sources for the translation varied so much and created a different book from, say, the Catholic translation of the Bible.

Even with that one minor complaint, I would have to say KJB is one of the best Biblical educational films available. You can’t go wrong with this film, and can find it for cheap on eBay.