The resume of Dr. Del Tackett includes hefty roles, such as an appointment by President George H.W. Bush to serve in leadership on the National Security Council and the title of senior vice president of Focus on the Family. However, his latest project could be the one to garner the most national attention.
Tackett teamed up with director Thomas Purifoy Jr. of Compass Cinema and Fathom Events to create “Is Genesis History?”, a film making a case that the happenings captured in the first book of the Bible were, in fact, actual events. The film will be shown in theaters across the country on Feb. 23, and Tackett says church groups are purchasing blocks of tickets to attend together.
“I’m sure we’ll get all kinds of responses,” Tackett says. “I have friends who have told me not to do this.” However, his passion for dialogue around biblical worldviews propelled him to take on this potentially provocative subject.
“Many of the burning issues we’re wrestling with today are rooted in a misunderstanding of what God told us in the very beginning,” Tackett says. “So much of our biblical worldview is rooted in those first chapters of Genesis. If you pull out Genesis, you pull out a real Adam and Eve, which means the loss of created genders, the plan for marriage and the loss of the notion of original sin.”
In the film, Tackett travels the world to converse with scholars in geology, biology, astronomy and archaeology and examine factual evidence supporting events recorded in Genesis, such as the flood, the six-day creation process and the existence of Adam and Eve. Natural artifacts such as fossils, canyons and creek beds are explored and compared with what is recorded in the Bible.
“My hope and prayer is people will leave the theater with confidence that scripture is true,” says Tackett. “I want them to see there are smart people doing amazing research, and those people are convinced that data supports [Genesis].”