Unlocking the Mystery of Life

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Unlocking the Mystery of Life is a 2003 intelligent design documentary film promoted and produced by Illustra Media (linked to Discovery Media, successor to the Moody Bible Institute's "Moody Institute of Science") and Focus on the Family.[1][2] The film's script was written by Stephen C. Meyer, who is director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute,[3] and it includes fellows of the institute such as Jonathan Wells and Michael Behe arguing for intelligent design and against evolution.[4]

It is promoted by Focus on the Family and Campus Crusade for Christ is providing a free copy to every school in Australia.[5] In 2005, Albuquerque PBS member station KNME originally declined to air the film because "The funders of this program have a clear and specific agenda that they openly promote" and the station did not want to take sides.[6] However, on May 22, 2005, the film aired on a commercial Albuquerque station, KOB-Channel 4.[7] Illustra Media states that after the film's release in September 2003, more than 40 PBS affiliates had aired the documentary.[8]

The film is widely criticized by scientists for its promotion of intelligent design.[9]

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  1. ^ "Who Promotes "Unlocking the Mystery of Life"?". National Center for Science Education. July 3, 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Anti-evolution movement gaining ground". United Press International. Sep 8, 2003. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  3. ^ "Unlocking the Mystery of Illustra Media". National Center for Science Education. June 30, 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Darwin faces a new rival A Roseville high school parent urges that". Sacramento Bee. Jun 22, 2003. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  5. ^ "In a class of their own". Sydney Morning Herald. Nov 15, 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  6. ^ "KNME Shelves Christian-Funded Show". Albuquerque Journal. Jan 7, 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  7. ^ Commings, Jeff (May 4, 2005). "Disputed program will get airtime". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, NM: Journal Publishing Company. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  8. ^ "About". La Mirada, CA: Illustra Media. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  9. ^ "Science v faith: they need not fear each other". The Times. Oct 7, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 

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