How This CROWN Episode Reveals the Glory of God’s Creation
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
THE CROWN: Moondust reveals the glory of God’s creation by demonstrating just how small man is in comparison to the vastness of the universe.
Several movies have been made about the iconic “Moon Day,” which took place on July 20, 1969. Yet, “Moondust” does something different than its predecessors.
Instead of focusing on the American astronauts, filmmakers center in on one character, Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh, who watches this iconic moment from Earth.
Phillip struggles with his lackluster faith in God as he marvels at the science of space travel.
According to the Movieguide® review:
“Moondust” is an engrossing episode of THE CROWN. The story poignantly depicts the characters’ emotions. The filmmakers deftly combine the action with soundbites and film clips from the actual events. Christian viewers of “Moondust” will enjoy the episode’s strong Christian worldview. Prince Philip grows from being an apathetic Christian to one of repentance and a need to walk alongside other believers.
Although the science behind “Moon Day” dazzles Phillip, ultimately, he’s dissatisfied with his interest in the achievement because no one can answer his questions about the world beyond.
Phillip’s questions, he learns, can only be found through faith in God, the Creator.
In the Bible, Psalm 19:1-4 (ESV) paints a beautiful picture of God’s glory in creation:
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
Phillip’s faith in “Moondust” is not uncommon as many wrestle with the tension between science and God.
However, Phillip’s story communicates that there is beauty in the unknown and even more beauty in the fact that God, the Creator, knows man uniquely and individually (Ps. 139).
This particular season of THE CROWN continues to show the faith of the Royal family as the times change. Tobias Menzies (Phillip) earned a Movieguide® nomination this year for his performance.
Olivia Coleman (Queen Elizabeth II) received a Golden Globe Award for her performance. See her speech below:
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