"Celebrating the Wonder and Beauty of God and His Creation"
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IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is an awesome documentary that families will want to see together. It is an intimate but epic document of the Apollo program that celebrates America, its people, human creativity and achievement, and the wonders and beauties of God and His Creation. The only problem elements are brief, but light foul language and a couple nods to environmentalism. Astronaut Charlie Duke appropriately puts everything into perspective when he says, “My walk on the moon lasted three days. My walk with God lasts forever.”
(BBB, CC, PP, PC, Ro, E, Pa, FR, L, V, D, M) Very strong moral worldview about the Apollo space program taking American astronauts to the moon, with positive references to God and His Creation, the first chapter of Genesis, President Kennedy is shown saying, “We ask God’s blessing,” and astronaut confesses his faith in Jesus Christ, plus a strong positive view of the United States, a couple brief politically correct references to the Romantic notion of the brotherhood of man in an internationalist sense and the “fragile” environment of Earth, plus one astronaut gives a slightly monistic or pagan interpretation of feeling at one with the universe on the molecular level, which could also be interpreted more properly in a biblical sense where, as the Book of Genesis tells us, God formed man’s body from the dust of the earth and the dust of the earth is part of the “dust” and “stardust” of the universe or all of God’s Creation; two relatively light obscenities (the “h” word) and six light exclamatory profanities; a few light images of fighter pilots dropping bombs during Vietnam War and a couple images of the burned capsule where three astronauts lost their lives during a simulation on the ground; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; incidental smoking in documentary footage from the past; and, brief references to the social upheaval of the 1960s, including the hippie culture, but nothing salacious, disturbing or unsuitable to family viewers.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is a scientific document. It is an historical document. It also is a human document. Last, but certainly not least, it is a spiritual document of the wonder and beauty of God and His Creation.
The movie is a documentary about the United States Apollo space program, which sent men to the moon in the late 1960s and the 1970s. Interspersed with documentary footage about the men, their spacecraft and their journeys to the moon and back are recent interviews of nine of the 18 astronauts (six of the 18 have died), including interviews with Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin, two of the three men of Apollo 11, the first successful moon landing mission.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON presents an intimate but epic first-hand account of what it was like for these men and the United States space program to land men on the moon. The astronauts talk about their experiences, not only riding the huge Saturn rockets into space but also approaching the moon, circling the moon in orbit, walking on the moon, and their return trip to Earth. A few of the astronauts also talk about the wonders and beauties of God and His Creation. One astronaut, Charlie Duke, talks briefly about his faith in Jesus. Brig. Gen. Duke appropriately puts everything into perspective when he says, “My walk on the moon lasted three days. My walk with God lasts forever.” The movie also includes part of the famous reading of Chapter One of Genesis by Astronaut James Lovell during the Apollo 8 mission.
This is an awesome documentary that families will want to see together. The movie doesn’t just celebrate landing men on the moon as an American achievement, inspired by President John F. Kennedy, it also celebrates this as a human achievement in which the whole world can take pride. The movie’s positive references to God and Jesus Christ are also extremely inspiring and uplifting.
The only problematic aspects here are some light foul language, a nod or two to environmental concerns about the “fragile” planet where we live, and a comment from one astronaut that seems a little monistic but can be re-interpreted in a biblical light.