Mahoney’s goal was to take a balanced approach, and leave the audience to decide for themselves the truth about the Biblical account.
In our household, we encouage discussions from all viewpoints, and this has (so far) served our children well. They are becoming thoughtful believers, and other adults have shared with us times when one of our boys would serve as “the voice of reason,” but even more so, the person to take a calm approach to discussion of controversial or passionate subjects among his peers.
So, when Patterns of Evidence became available to us, I just tossed it into the DVD drive to watch over lunch. I figured this would be an easy one for us.
I suppose I’ve gotten to used to the (often watered down) offerings from the various mainstream cable networks. Even though we haven’t had cable or satellite for years, quite often these are the producers of programs available.
Within a few minutes, I knew that Patterns of Evidence was different, and soon realized this was not a lightweight watch we could just “browse” over lunch and glossily chit-chat a summary later. This film has won multiple awards, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for
Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and was an Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
In Patterns of Evidence, Mahoney brings forth experts in archaeology, Egyptology, as well as modern Middle Eastern figures, along with their various disciplines, who do not mince words. They share their thoughts and beliefs without apology. This is a well made film that will demand your attention and your thinking. There is no simply “going along” with what’s comfortable in this movie.
We’ll be revisiting this together, as a family, but in much smaller bites, where we can take the time to discuss the content presented. For other families interested in exploring the topic, there is a wealth of supplemental resources available, including:
- Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover
- a small group Bible study
- Movie Event kit
- youth version (called Young Explorers)
- and a homeschool curriculum
Check out the trailer:
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