Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Master Designer - The Song (DVD Review)

Did you know that 36 states are allowing an alternate teaching to evolution?  In some cases it's intelligent design, and in others, biblical creation.  I didn't know this!  But it makes the ongoing debate of creation vs. evolution very timely.

"The Master Designer - The Song" is hands-down the best DVD I've seen all year, and I was delighted to receive a copy, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

This is the description from the back of the case for "The Master Designer - The Song," produced and directed by Steve Greisen and distributed by Exploration Films:
We live in a world that is inspired.  Filled with majestic order, unbelievable beauty, and brilliant design.  With the advance of science we can now see life in intricate detail and mind-blowing wonder.

The raging question of our time is:  How did this all come to be?  Can it all be attributed to unintelligent random processes or is there another explanation?  Does the scientific evidence now demonstrate clear design and reveal a Master Designer, and if it does, what does that mean to us?

This is a glimpse into the blueprint of creation that reveals a dramatic story ... a story of purpose, meaning, significance, and ultimately love, all crafted by the Master Designer.

And discover the remarkable story of how some animals have even changed the course of history.
Wow.  I don't know where to begin.  "The Master Designer - The Song" is a beautiful film.  The photography is remarkable.  I especially liked the close-up shots.  (If you are creeped out by close-ups of live bees, you might want to skip that segment.)

Through segments on bees, wolves, bison, camels, elk, and crickets, this film imparts a tremendous amount of information.  I watched it closely and I still want to watch it again, because I'm sure I didn't absorb everything.  I am not a zoologist or an entomologist, but I thought I was pretty well-informed about animals.  Even so, this film contained innumerable details that were new to me.  Here are a few of them:
  • The digestive system of a ruminant, such as a bison, is even more complex than I ever knew.
  • A camel can drink as much as 27 gallons within ten minutes and 44 gallons in a day.  Even if it drinks 20 gallons of water, its stomach will be empty again within ten minutes of drinking.
  • To produce a pound of honey, it takes 556 bees flying a total of 55 thousand miles and collecting nectar from a total of two million flowers.
In my opinion, "The Master Designer - The Song" makes a strong case for intelligent design by God.  For example, if a bee wasn't designed by an intelligent Creator, how could it calculate the most productive route through a field of flowers, then communicate to others exactly where those flowers are?  How would bees know how to build the strongest, most efficient geometric design for honeycombs?

The film isn't "in your face" about God, which might make non-Christians more receptive to it.  Certainly He is credited, but the main idea is that the animals depicted were designed, not the result of random chance, rather than who the designer is.

Finally, I appreciate that "The Master Designer - The Song" does not address the age of the earth, an issue that divides Christians.  I have friends who believe that the earth is thousands of years old, and friends who believe that it's billions of years old.  By avoiding this contentious point and keeping the focus on the design of animals, this film opens its audience to many who would otherwise reject it out of hand.

I highly recommend "The Master Designer - The Song."  It's completely family-friendly, but the tone may not appeal to younger children.  For more information, visit Exploration Films or Amazon.com (not an affiliate link).


  1. A really thought-filled review, this piece is. Thank you, Melissa ...

  2. Thank you for this review Melissa. This piece was for me a labor of love and three years in the works. You might find the 'backstory' interesting at http://www.explorationfilmsblog.com/post/66038640753/the-master-designer

    God bless. - Steve Greisen / Director

  3. How about this: my God is intelligent/wise/creative/humorous enough to have created the earth with age!


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