Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mystery of Time (1957)

The Moody Institute of Science educational films series are a collection of exceptionally produced vintage science films. These films take a comprehensive and holistic look at several interesting phenomenons and creatures found in the natural world. Each topic is scientifically explained and synthesized with humans and mans creations (for example comparing a venues fly trap to a bear trap and comparing a flashlight to an electric eel). These films always keep on eye on the future while remembering the lessons of the past and seem well ahead of their time.

On the surface, this film may seem like an average science film about time and space, but like most of films from the Moody Institute of Science, there is an ulterior motive. The films host Irwin Moon had an interest in science as a child and later incorporated that interest into his life as a pastor. He would tour the country giving his Sermons of Science where the marvels of science provide the visible evidence of a Divine plan of creation. His work with GIs during World War II showed him the impact that training films had on the troops. Moon partnered with the Moody Bible Institute to form the Moody Institute of Science a company that made basic science films with a religious hook at the end. While revealing the complexity of nature, their films would end with Moon saying that this complexity was part of God's plan rather than evolution. Moody Institute of Science films were marketed to churches and also to public schools where today even the mention of the word God sparks a conflagration of protests and court cases.


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