60 minutes, 2005
This hour-long documentary makes a compelling case that we live on a “privileged planet.” If the Earth was a different size, or in a different location, or if the moon’s orbit was to shift ever so slightly, then many of the most important scientific discoveries we’ve made about space could never have happened. For example, it is because our moon is 400 times closer to us than the Sun, but also 400 times smaller than the Sun, that we are able to study the outer corona of Sol during solar eclipses.
And did you know that our large moon – one quarter the size of the Earth – helps stabilize the tilt of our orbit, giving us our seasons? We are the right distance from the right kind of Sun, with just the right type of internal liquid iron core to generate a magnetic field to protect us from the Sun’s most harmful rays. All this is just the way it needs to be!
Want to learn more? Well, you’ll have to watch the video. But the point is that the Earth has been clearly designed for life, and it has also been equipped for that life to discover what’s going on in the Solar System around us.
Now, like many an “Intelligent Designer” presentation, this doesn’t specifically credit our Triune God, and that’s a shame. But Christian viewers will know Who to praise for the astonishing engineering evidenced not only on our planet, but in our placement in the Universe.
Stunning graphics accompany a strong argument, and it sure doesn’t hurt that John Rhys-Davies (Gimli, in Lord of the Rings) narrates. This is a superior documentary that will appeal to anyone interested in the way God has designed the solar system, the Milky Way, and our planet Earth. It’s available on DVD, some streaming platforms, or you can watch it for free (in 12 parts) below.