Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 39 – The Return to Iwo Jima, Part 3
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An artifacts thief known as the Jaguar has stolen one of the oldest English writings ever discovered — the Beowulf manuscript. Now it’s up to the Creation Response Team to get it back. But the thief has concealed it in the ultimate hiding spot —the volcanic island of Iwo Jima. Only those granted permission by the Japanese government can access the island once every year. Meanwhile, Myles Morgan, the team’s archenemy, is secretly planning to work against the CRT to swipe the manuscript for his own personal gain! (Taken from here.)
The Study Guide for episodes 37-39 can be found here: jp_vol4_study_guide_epi37-39
The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries. Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’. [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]
Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!
NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form. No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series. Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere. We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.
This episode of Jonathan Park still sees Jonathan, Kendall and Jim on the trail of the Jaguar and their attempts at getting the Beowulf manuscript. Interwoven around this storyline is a tribute to some of the men who fought during World War II and the 60th reunion memorial service in Japan.
In this adventure, we learn about the humpback whale and the sand tiger shark. Some facts are given for each animal, with the conclusion that these animals’ special features and systems clearly show that there is a Creator God.
Once again, evolutionary theory and ideas are misrepresented. At 4:12, after marvelling about the humpback whale, one of the characters remarks, ‘How could all of this be the result of accidental random chance mistakes from evolution?’ And again, at 7:50, this same character laments, ‘It’s too bad an evolutionist would say they [the sand tiger shark’s systems] came about by random mutations.’ By using straw man arguments, the characters then proudly declare that ‘it makes better sense to attribute the incredible design to our Creator.’
The listener who is interested in learning more will do well to know that evolution is not a chance process. This claim is repeated often both on the CDs and in the Study Guides. To claim that evolution is about accidental random mistakes reveals abject ignorance. This is totally unacceptable from a program that aims to teach science. The writers and researchers have done a commendable job when it comes to presenting the factual information in an engaging manner. However, that cannot compensate for the lack of integrity in other areas.
Much of the program was spent honouring the men who fought in World War II in Japan. It was also a chance to promote the film The League of Grateful Sons which can be purchased on DVD from Vision Forum.
The adventure story was too far-fetched to be believable. Y0ung listeners may find some scenes disturbing and/or scary.
In terms of scientific content, there really was not much at all. The formula seemed to be to (1) admire the various special features of the animal mentioned, (2) scoff at the idea of ‘random accidental mutations’, and (3) conclude that the only possible answer is that these animals were created by God. This is NOT science. This is presenting lies as truth and feeling smug about it. Not very Christ-like at all.
If you are looking for a Christian program that teaches real science in a fun, engaging manner while upholding truth and integrity, you would do better looking for something else.