The Athena Grand will participate in a nationwide, one-night-only screening of the documentary film Is Genesis History? on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The film, which attempts to answer the toughest questions about the first book of the Bible and about creation, features interviews with geologists, astronomers, biologists, archaeologists and Bible scholars from around the country. The experts explain the direct connections between scientific fact and stories told in the Bible within the contexts of everything from DNA to dinosaurs to the global flood.

Rick Frame, the owner of the Athena Grand, said although religious topics can sometimes be controversial, these “alternative content” showings are typically successful for the theater.

If You Go 

What: Is Genesis History?

When: 7 p.m., Thursday

Where: Athena Grand, 1008 E. State St.

Admission: $12.50 - buy tickets online or at the theater

“Obviously there’s the debate of Adam and Eve and evolution, and the way I understand it is they try to put an understanding of where both are correct to some degree,” Frame said. “This could be controversial to some people, but we thought it would be something people in this area would like to see.”

Frame said he hopes moviegoers will find the film interesting and thought-provoking.

“I’m sure it’s going to get people thinking very hard," he said. “The whole thing, I think, will be interesting for people to see how they correlate (evolution and creationism) together.”

Thomas Purifoy, the filmmaker behind Is Genesis History?, said he was inspired to produce the film after his 10-year-old daughter started asking lots of questions about creation and evolution. It was then he realized he could not clearly explain his own beliefs on the subject, and his search for answers inspired him enough to create a feature-length film.

Purifoy and others involved in the movie’s production chose to partner with Fathom Events, an “entertainment content provider” for the movie’s release. The promotional company, which Purifoy said is a good partner for small films like his, chose to make it a one-night event as a way to draw bigger audiences to theaters showing the film.

“As a creation-based documentary, although we would hope everyone would want to see it, it probably won’t be as popular as The Avengers," he said in an email.

Purifoy said he hopes viewers of the film walk away convinced of the validity of the biblical creation story.

“I hope audiences walk away knowing that the Bible, and particularly the first chapters of Genesis, are a reliable authority concerning matters of Earth’s history,” he said in an email.


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