‘Ship Evidence’ documentary examines scientific proof for supernatural miracles, engages skeptics

Elijah Stephens
Filmmaker Elijah Stephens interviews a board-certified radiologist within the documentary “Ship Evidence.” |

An upcoming documentary movie examines scientific proof of miracle healings to problem skeptics and shut the space between the onerous sciences and the supernatural.

The “Ship Evidence” documentary by means of filmmaker Elijah Stephens explores the tactics through which miracle claims can also be corroborated by means of having a look at X-rays, MRI scans and different follow-up scientific examinations. Within the movie, he interviews evangelical students and one of the vital maximum outstanding voices in Pentecostal and charismatic Christian circles.

Stephens labored intently with the World Scientific Analysis Institute and interviewed board-certified medical doctors, scientists, an atheist scientific historian who believes in miracles, and one of the vital main skeptic and atheist voices who assert that, when tested intently, miracles by no means face up to empirical scrutiny. 

The movie’s liberate was once at the beginning deliberate for 2017, however Stephens hit more than one hurdles, explaining in a contemporary interview with The Christian Put up that he had by no means made a film sooner than and underestimated how lengthy it will take to complete the mission. The primary appearing is scheduled for Sept. 14 at Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California. Harvest Rock’s lead Pastor Che Ahn is featured within the movie. 

“We need to have our [miracle] instances researched, and lots of of them ended up in peer-reviewed journals, and that took time,” Stephens stated when requested in regards to the behind schedule liberate date.  

The purpose of the movie, he defined, is to invite audience to ship within the evidence, their scientific data, following a declare of supernatural therapeutic in order that the proof {that a} miracle has took place can also be tested. 

“I feel there’s a voice for science inside of of religion. I feel every so often science crosses philosophical obstacles it shouldn’t, however it will probably additionally upload a voice that that is what’s naturalistically imaginable and that is what’s a naturalistically identified impossibility. And so it’s useful to take the medical expression and pay attention to it, and when and the place it will have to talk,” Stephens stated. 

The filmmaking procedure proved to be a transformative revel in for Stephens and his spouse, Allison, because it led them to dig deeper into their religion.

Even if he raised $150,000 via a crowdfunding marketing campaign he introduced, the couple needed to empty their retirement account to finish the documentary because of further prices.

“That created numerous onerous conversations and numerous death to ourselves. And I feel it’s a type of issues the place you pass, ‘I’ve given the whole lot I will give to God and feature paid the fee.’ It has reinforced that muscle of ‘I can persevere and do no matter it takes to honor Christ,’” he stated.

With a keenness to bridge the every so often adversarial chasm between the scientists and folks of religion, the movie’s genesis dates again a number of years when Stephens was once attending Bethel Faculty of Ministry in Redding, California. Throughout that point, his former ministry spouse and pastor pal from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who’s featured within the movie, renounced his religion and now says he has no religion, believing there’s no proof for Christianity’s claims. 

Stephens’ private adventure via his personal doubts and the highbrow adventure he took is interwoven within the storyline. At one level within the movie, he recounts how annoyed he was with the theory of constructing the film at the same time as he felt God calling him to do it. The film explains how, in 2015, he was once at his space and his pals began texting him pronouncing that Shawn Bolz, a prophetic minister who was once talking at Bethel that day referred to as out his identify from the level. Stephens in an instant jumped in his automobile and high-tailed it to the church.

When he arrived, Bolz, who had by no means met Stephens previous to that day and knew not anything of his filmmaking aspirations, gave him a stunningly correct phrase, telling him that the Holy Spirit was once respiring at the mission and the way it was once going to affect scientific pros and others. 

Rapid ahead six years, Stephens says a number of atheist and agnostic pals and acquaintances who pre-screened the movie stated they wept as they watched and felt it was once even-handed. Those acquaintances nonetheless do not settle for the Christian religion, however nonetheless thought to be it a considerate exploration of the subject. 

For Christians who’re hesitant to embody charismatic theology and observe, the filmmaker hopes that the contributions from biblical students like Craig Keener of Asbury Theological Seminary, J.P. Moreland of Talbot Faculty of Theology (Biola College), and Gary Habermas of Liberty College will cause them to rethink what they imagine in regards to the supernatural.

He contends that many believers in Jesus are certainly theological “continuationists” — those that imagine that the items of the Holy Spirit, together with miracles of therapeutic, are nonetheless working these days and didn’t stop with the dying of the final apostle or the remaining of the canon of Scripture — however nonetheless retain some parts of an anti-supernatural paradigm, a mindset they’ve most likely unwittingly inherited from Eu Enlightenment thinkers similar to 18th century Scottish thinker David Hume.

This numerous array of students have insights which can be precious criticisms of the charismatic motion, “and they’re our brothers and sisters [in Christ] and we want to pay attention to them,” he stated. 

“That’s how the entire Frame grows, now we have discussion. And I sought after to show that.”

He additionally sought after to provide a listening to to people who haven’t any religion, are actively hostile to religion, and imagine miracles are simply debunked.

Main atheist and skeptic voices featured within the movie come with authors Michael Shermer, John Loftus and James Randi who supply their views.

Shermer is the founding writer of Skeptic mag. Loftus, a Trinity Evangelical Divinity Faculty-educated former Christian, is the creator of the 2019 e-book, The Case In opposition to Miracles, the 2016 e-book, Christianity within the Gentle of Science, and a number of other different in a similar fashion themed works.

Randi is the person who uncovered televangelist Peter Popoff as a misleading charlatan. “Ship Evidence” was once the final movie he seemed in sooner than he died in 2015. 

“I am getting why the skeptic is skeptical,” Stephens instructed CP.

“And their voices subject. I sought after to painting them as the students that they’re and no longer do a propaganda piece or hit piece. I sought after them to really feel like ‘Smartly, no less than he represented my concepts reasonably.’”

As CP up to now reported in 2016, featured prominently within the movie is Indiana College’s Sweet Gunther Brown, who in 2010 traveled to Mozambique in pursuit of proof for miraculous healings.

Along with a staff of researchers, Brown traveled to Pemba, Mozambique, to seek advice from the Iris World Missions Base — the ministry of Rolland and Heidi Baker — as a way to check the results of prayer at the deaf and blind. After trying out 24 Mozambicans “sooner than and after therapeutic prayer — part carried out by means of Baker — her staff detected statistically vital enhancements in listening to and imaginative and prescient.”

Brown’s findings have been revealed within the September 2010 version of the Southern Scientific Magazine.

“I feel it is a film all of humanity can get at the back of as a result of if miracles happen, then we want to analysis them and report them. So it doesn’t matter what religion background you return from, I feel we will be able to all improve the concept that we will have to do case research in this stuff,” Stephens stated. 

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