The Watchtower Society has released a new 32 minute long DVD called "The Wonders of Creation Reveal God's Glory". It has excellent CG graphics, high quality photography, competent editing and a pleasing appearance.......
and, to me, it is a breathtakingly inferior product. How so?
What is this DVD supposed to accomplish? It certainly would not impress any thinking atheist I know. In presenting a fantasy-driven view of nature, it fails to even acknowledge arguments against a kind and loving Creator that appeared over a hundred years ago. Does the 'stinger' of a mosquito manifest the Glorious Design of Our Loving God .... by sucking blood? Isn't it wonderful that different creations can cooperate together to spread malaria! How about the Amazing Guinea Worm? What a marvelous provision from Jehovah in that the perfect, balanced nutrition needed by a cat is the body of the mouse that it kills? Anybody remember Darwin and the Ichneumon wasp that he found repulsive?
And if you have any doubt about what the Godly Design of claws and sharp teeth are, just examine any alligator. OK, now take that head full of sharp teeth and the reptilian claws and stick them on a powerful 25 foot tall body that can run across dusty plains. Guess what? You just created a meat eating dinosaur! If any scientist created such a creature , a la Jurassic Park, would you describe him as crazy - or a monster himself? And Jehovah? Who Created the Original Version?
I am forced to conclude that this DVD is 'preaching to the converted' as a superficial, grade school level 'gee whiz, ain't it marvelous' effort to maintain a dumbed down cult. Since the DVD program is introduced and concluded by Theodore Jaracz, I also conclude that it represents the sort of brain drained but 'loyal' organization that he is determined to build.
If you are a Lurker or Watchtower Apologist reading this, you may think I'm being unreasonable in describing this DVD as "inferior". If so, I challenge you to get a copy of "The Case for a Creator" by Lee Strobel.
While you may have your own objections to Intelligent Design ( as I do, as above), "The Case For a Creator" is an excellent product in the field of Christian Apologetics. It encourages thinking and reasoning about Evolution and although you may fault that thinking, it still attempts to confront contrary assertions about Creation (as opposed to the above).
It is a sharp contrast with the Society's cult-maintenance product and should serve as an example of what the Watchtower COULD be doing.