Review of Roadmap Genesis: A DVD That Explores the Importance of the Book of Genesis in Our Modern Lives

Leah Courtney
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I have to be honest as I begin this review. It was a difficult one for me because, as I watched this DVD- Roadmap Genesis- I realized that the film producer was coming from a different perspective than that of my own and than that of what I expected from the film's description. I've given some objective information about the DVD and a short reasoning for why I'm uncomfortable about the film. I never want a review to turn into an argument or a bashing of ideas. So I'm keeping my opinion part brief. If you, as a reader, have objections or your own opinions of the film, I welcome hearing those in the comments.

Roadmap Genesis is a documentary produced by Nolan Lebovitz. The story of how he came to produce the film is very interesting. He was once a film producer of psychological thrillers. After becoming a father and having a family, he began to question what he was producing and giving to the world. His search for answers for his life led him to the Bible and the book of Genesis. He was very impressed by what he read, and he ended up becoming a Rabbi to change the world for good. His documentary- Roadmap Genesis is a record of his journey as he travels around and talks to a variety of people about their opinions of the book of Genesis.

From the film description:
Roadmap Genesis is a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life that will help our society lift itself out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment.

When Filmmaker Nolan Leibovitz found himself at a crossroads in his life, he knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood suspense thrillers that were his livelihood and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis.

He decided to combine his love of the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking and set out to travel the United States, interviewing clergy and public figures in order to build an undeniable argument about the continued importance of the Book of Genesis as guiding force in our Judeo-Christian country.

Roadmap Genesis invites Americans of all faiths to engage in a dialogue about the relevance of the Bible in the modern age. Through interviews ranging from Gov. Mike Huckabee of Fox News Channel to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, from Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and many, many more, Nolan explores the rules that God has set forth to help us maintain a successful and working society.

Based on the list of those who were interviewed, I was interested. Some of those names I recognize, and I expected a certain viewpoint. There were some well-known names in this list and some I hadn't heard of. The producer also interviews people on the street with some interesting questions about God and the Bible and Genesis specifically.

Here are some things I liked about the film:
  • The premise of Genesis as a road map is a perspective that I agree with. I do believe that Genesis, along with all of the Bible, is extremely important in guiding our lives.
  • I liked the variety of people who are interviewed. It's interesting to hear comments from people on the street and from more well-known personalities.
Unfortunately, there was a key perspective in the film that I did not agree with. The producer- and some of the people interviewed- seemed to view Genesis as a road map, not because it is the literal, inspired truth of God, but because it is a guide of sorts, in the same way that other great literature would be a guide. There are several times when people who are interviewed discuss evolution and how a belief in Genesis doesn't have to be "against" science because Genesis isn't literal. This is definitely not my perspective. Yes, I believe that Genesis is important. But I believe it's important because it's God's literal word and a history of our world. I believe that the foundation of the gospel- of Christ come to die for us- is in the book of Genesis.

One of the biggest reasons that I think there is this difference in perspective is because of the Jewish faith of the producer. That isn't included in the film's description, but I definitely think his faith and beliefs shape this film. And it's something I probably could have known if I had researched the film more thoroughly. Although it's always interesting to see other perspectives, it is a little difficult when dealing with matters of Scripture.

Another thing that really bothered me about this film was that thrown in the mix of the various speakers and interviewees were also clips of various people/celebrities talking about the myth of God and the inaccuracy of the Bible. These clips were placed into the mix with no explanation as to why they were used. Were they viewed as the importance as those who discussed the importance of the Bible? I will admit that some of my discomfort here comes from the fact that I am a black and white person. Whether this is a good thing or not, it is a fact. When sound bites are thrown out with equal importance and no commentary to dismiss or support, I am uncomfortable.

And, that's the final thing that really bothered me. Many of the interview clips were just small sound bites with not much context. It's always difficult to truly know the opinions of the people speaking when there isn't context surrounding their comments. I was particularly concerned about clips from Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis. I'm very familiar with the Answers in Genesis ministry and with their views. They teach a literal interpretation of Genesis, including a literal six days of Creation. The sound clips from Ken Ham, filmed at the Creation Museum, include some little bites about the importance of the book of Genesis for daily life. There isn't anything at all about the literal Creation belief. There isn't anything at all about the primacy of Genesis to the gospel. And, I can't help but wonder what the context of his comments were. And, is it misleading to have a couple of bites from him and then have all of the sound bites about how a belief in Genesis and a belief in evolution don't have be at odds because Genesis can be interpreted so many different ways.

I don't want to diss the film entirely. If you are watching with full knowledge of what you're going to see and you want to experience what people from all walks of life and all different faiths and all different beliefs feel about the importance of Genesis, this could be thought-provoking. But, unfortunately I came in with an idea of a certain viewpoint and this wasn't it. So, consider what the film is really about and consider your own perspectives and your purposes for watching. If you are interested in finding out more, you can enter to win a free copy in the giveaway below. You can also check out the sites below to find out more.

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