The Theory Of Everything – Trey Smith

Wow — I just finished up my first, full-length documentary of Trey Smith’s … and it was great! The Theory Of Everything summarizes exactly what Trey practically attempts to cover — just about everything!

This film covers so many topics via Trey’s unique “vlogging-style” film-making approach (quick cuts and bits of information thrown at the viewer) it’s actually challenging to pinpoint exact talking points at specific times … but the overall topics covered include the complexity of life, DNA, evolution, metamorphosis, dinosaurs, the flood, etc.

In short, this very lengthy documentary covers about a hundred different talking points, at the very least.

In fact, if I had one criticism of the entire film, it’s that it is a very long movie (about 2 hrs. 45 min. long!) and there are no titles or indications as to where you are in the documentary or how much content is remaining. During the segment when Trey was describing things he wouldn’t hold against evolution in a hypothetical debate (“to make things fair”), I was convinced he simply had moved on to the next topic — but nope — about 15 minutes later he was back on track.

Still, Trey is great to watch, and you can see the improvement in style and approach over the original documentary he released (“Enoch: It’s Real”). I also liked how he spent a good deal of time talking about Jesus and what He did and how important He is to everything … when a lot of filmmakers would have skimmed over that topic (assuming watchers already knew about Jesus) and focused purely on the science-related content.

Apparently this documentary is still available on YouTube, so there’s no need to buy it on DVD (but buying does support the God in a Nutshell project). If you’d like a nice overall primer to what Christians believe in regards to many scientific areas or you just enjoy Trey’s work, be sure to check this out.

Enoch: It’s Real – Trey Smith

Trey Smith is an interesting Christian documentarian  to listen to — and he got popular thanks to his many YouTube videos on topics like Enoch, Nephilim, Noah and other “fringe” topics in Christianity.

I recently ordered his complete DVD package from his site godinanutshell.com, but unfortunately his first major documentary — Enoch: It’s Real — from 2011 was never released on DVD. An updated version was, but that will be covered later on. Before delving into those newer films, I wanted to see his first major documentary from 2011 (as stated by his About Trey Smith section of his website).

This documentary says it’s approximately 90 minutes long, but that’s misleading — the first 40 minutes is about Enoch, the next 20 minutes is about Trey’s 2011 book called Thieves and the last 30 minutes is just his video’s logo (back in 2011 when YouTube used a still shot for the thumbnail preview, this was the best way to guarantee it to show up as a thumbnail option).

The Enoch part was quite interesting, and well produced for what is basically a guy having Skype and phone conversations with other Christian researchers who are knowledgeable about the Book of Enoch. The background music played, along with interesting visual cuts and Trey’s distinct voice and personality make for an entertaining watch. Trey’s editing and speaking style may not be for everyone (it’s fairly fast paced, and some people might find the music volume a bit distracting during parts from the message), but the content is good, which is what matters. He genuinely tries to boil core talking points down.

I also like how after his section on Thieves, he makes it clear he’s not the same person anymore, and has learned from his so-so past. That’s good to know.

One thing in particular that I learned from this documentary that I want to seek out more information on is the Dr. Walt Brown section that talks about the way the flood occurred — from within the Earth — and how that caused the Earth’s crust to split apart (called “Hydroplate Theory”).

If you can, check out this preview of Trey’s content — he’s an interesting documentarian to watch and listen to, and for his earliest effort, you can see hints at the editing/narrative style he would later polish. This 2011 documentary can be found here: https://youtu.be/BZGN6EKjvAo

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.

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.

Ten of the Top Scientific Facts in the Bible by Ray Comfort

2016-11-17-tenofthetopscientificfactsnthebibleRay Comfort’s “Ten of the Top Scientific Facts in the Bible” is a half-hour long video that is meant to demonstrate a variety of scientific references in the Bible, in a straightforward, simplified and easy-to-digest manner.

It’s pretty clear that the intended audience of this video is someone very new to the Bible, who may not have been exposed to these references before … but who would be able to grasp the significance of text that is thousands of years old, if modern-day connections are made.

Sadly, merely half of the show is devoted to the ten facts, and each fact gets about 90 seconds of detail at the most. Even worse, some of the facts are explained so quickly, simply or in a generic way that it’s hard for even believers to be amazed by any of them.

By the 16:00 mark all of the explanations are done, and we have Way of the Master’s outreach content, that touches down on some of these facts, via interview clips. Of the five or so people talked to, only a couple seem like they have any desire to look into what Ray is saying any further. The science facts presented to them also don’t seem to make much of an impact, but Ray’s signature “Are you a guilty sinner?” conversation does (a tiny bit).

It also doesn’t help that the production values associated with the film — namely in regards to editing, animation, sound and stock footage use — are of questionable quality. This approximately 30-minute video is $4.99 on the Living Waters website, but I’m not sure a viewer would get much out of it, compared to just reading a blog post or article about interesting scientific references from the Bible.

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

2016-11-11-patternsofevidenceexodusPatterns of Evidence: Exodus is one of the best Biblical documentaries I have seen yet. In its two-hour run-time, the film dives deep into the topic of whether or not the events of Exodus can be authenticated in a scientific manner.

The filmmaker decided to focus on this subject because an overwhelming number of acheologists nowadays say the Bible cannot possibly be true because of historical inaccuracies — based on ancient discoveries — that derail the Exodus timeline.

The documentary takes a very methodical and slow-paced look at a half-dozen key points in the story of Exodus, and one-by-one, typically finds about a half-dozen or so data points (from different sources) to verify each one’s place in the historical record. Aided by the use of a computer generated “wall of time,” the film breaks down complex dating and Egyptian timeline issues in a very visual and easy-to-digest manner.

Late in the program, the filmmaker makes a point of saying that the reason why he felt he needed to make this documentary was that people no longer even attempt to discuss certain historical findings — namely of things relating to the relationship between ancient Egypt and the Bible. Most of the archeological world has simply stopped listening to anyone suggesting the Egyptian dates might be wrong, simply because it would cause virtually all modern archeologists to revise or withdraw their publications and findings.

But based on the very easy-to-understand details presented (that can’t possibly be skewed or faked to create bias) it seems that there is a major issue regarding Egyptian chronology — and instead of admitting Egyptian errors, archeologists would rather say the Biblical record of events is horribly wrong.

I highly recommend this film because the information is well researched, the visuals and editing are terrific, the interviews are numerous (and have major people involved!) and the message is one of pursuing Bliblical truth.

The Final Prophecies

2016-11-07-thefinalpropheciesThe Final Prophecies is a documentary that can be acquired for the price of shipping & handling ($6.95) from the homepage of the Prophecy Watchers Store. This 80-minute film takes a look at the history of Israel, its present day status and predictions of what’s in store for God’s chosen people — in the land He promised them thousands of years ago.

I was surprised by the interesting information the film showcased that typically isn’t brought up in regards to talks about Israel. The film discusses subjects like the Hebrew language, how ancient structures were found near Sodom and Gomorrah (where giant rocks are literally scorched), Israel’s conflicts in the 1900s and how the United Nations has already minted the first universal world currency (and given one of its coins to the Pope!).

The movie is shot in a very easy-to-follow way, and covers a wide variety of topics. If I had any suggestions for the filmmakers, it would have been that I wish they focused more on the “final” prophecies which haven’t yet been fulfilled — and the film, despite its focus on “prophecy” — barely seems to mention Jesus Christ’s saving grace and the fact that Satan truly exists, and wants to literally damn humanity to Hell. Prophecy is a nice subject, but if there’s no reason for people to believe (God’s love and compassion), that makes it a hard sell.

Overall, the mostly factual-based approach to presenting details might intrigue non-believers a bit, but followers of Jesus Christ will see a lot of areas in the film where subjects could have been fleshed out more … and more focus on faith could have been stressed.