“The Voyage that Shook the World“ was produced by Creation Ministries International. CMI announced to the public that they created a production company called; Fathom Media. The idea was to have the movie judged on its content only, not its particular association which many militant evolutionists like to put in practice.
CMI had a policy for those experts on evolution who were interviewed for the production, if they asked about them, they would honestly have told them who they were in more detail. It was important to get normal answers from people being interviewed rather than have them worried about who was interviewing them and giving a prejudice answer.
Not giving out all the details unless asked is a common practice with major media outlets and other investigative documentary producers. But unlike in those cases, there was a big uproar and accusations similar to that of Ben Stein’s movie; No Intelligence Allowed.
CMI however took a slightly different approach, in order to help ensure that fairness would remain the objective, they hired a third party. Personnel who were not a part of CMI or any other creationist outlet handled the interviewing process while CMI took a “hands off” approach. As a result, the film has very pro-Darwin statements in it.
What about cherry picking which is another common accusation. The problem with that is, how many productions include every single transcript or recorded data? This production had hundreds of transcripts and re-enactments with a budget that contains a limited time slot!
Does this mean the film didn’t have a particular viewpoint? Hardly, it did have a particular viewpoint. Even productions of evolution are carefully crafted in a certain way with a viewpoint, so I believe those who complain about cherry picking are hypocrites themselves.
CMI’s influence in the film was one of moderation, basically ensuring that all sides were represented in a fair way. One of the goals was to demonstrate to the audience why Darwin’s life and writing generate so much debate. One academic who has published widely on Darwin, did say on how much he enjoyed the interview and how he really appreciated the questions that were asked. Sounds like over and beyond reasonable questioning to me.
Of course those proponents of evolution appearing in the film that was started up by creationists has caused them to endure much flak within their science community. A sad indictment on academic freedom of expression and association.
Contrary to those hard core critics, the production’s aim was to find out more things that pertained to the life and science of Charles Darwin and the development of his ideas. The main objective was exploring the role of a person’s worldview and how that impacts on scientific discovery and analysis.
One thing is for sure, the production is more fair on the history of Darwin than an evolutionist production would be on the history of creation science or intelligent design.