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The Riot and the Dance in Theaters on March 19

“Join in the glorious uproar of creation with The Riot and the Dance, a boisterous new nature documentary featuring a biologist who was once told he would never succeed if he kept blabbing about all that silly Creator-creature nonsense. But now you can follow along with Dr. Gordon Wilson as he traverses our planet, basking in God’s masterpieces.”

Wildlife documentaries are a great way to see some incredible creatures you might otherwise never get to see, but rarely do they give credit to the Creator all things. That’s why we’re excited to recommend a stunning new nature film, The Riot and the Dance, featuring biologist Dr. Gordon Wilson, in theaters on March 19, 2018

For one night only, this family-friendly cinematic show-and-tell will take viewers on an entertaining and educational journey through nature as Dr. Gordon Wilson, a scientist and devout Christian, explores the wonders of the world in a bold new way. Dr. Wilson has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Entomology, and a B.S. in Secondary Education/Biology.

Described as “a celebration of creation and the Creator,” The Riot and the Dance takes viewers to the jungle, the desert, and even Dr. Wilson’s own backyard. Box turtles, hummingbirds, houseflies, jellyfish, and spiders are included as examples of creatures with intricate design and amazing behaviors. The fast-paced documentary features an upbeat score, beautiful cinematography, and inspiring narration that weaves in Bible verses making for an enlightening visual experience.

Dr. Wilson, a senior fellow of Natural History at New Saint Andrews College, and a regular contributor to Answers Magazine, said that he wants audiences of all ages to “develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the Creator’s workmanship and personality.” Get your tickets now before this unique documentary sells out! Learn more at, where you can also view a trailer and download additional resources.

Here’s another amazing thing: this film is based on a textbook! The Riot and the Dance: Foundational Biology by Dr. Gordon Wilson is an approachable and readable explanation of the basics of biology for non-major college biology students and high school students. It’s perfect for homeschoolers, but not too many people know about it. So we’re thrilled that this movie will hopefully produce more interest in Dr. Wilson’s book. Buy The Riot and the Dance: Foundational Biology at Amazon!

The Riot and the Dance: Foundational Biology

If you thought biology was the province of secular scientists, think again: The Riot and the Dance is biology like you’ve never seen it before! With over 130 original illustrations and several hundred figures in total, this book is an approachable and readable explanation of the basics of biology. Using analogies, anecdotes, and engaging language, Dr. Wilson teaches students the bottom-line themes and key details of biology without dumbing down the subject. The Riot and the Dance is not a collection of disconnected facts, either: it is an integrated foundation for understanding biological life, and it will stir up curiosity about all life from fungus firearms to familiar vertebrates — along with a greater desire to praise the Creator of it all.

In “Part 1: The Living Cell,” students will be introduced to:

  • the basics of cellular and molecular biology, including the “motors” of flagella and other awe-inspiring nano-machines
  • the “how and why” of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, the central dogma, mitosis, meiosis, recombinant DNA technology, Mendelian genetics, and more.

“Part 2: The Diversity of Life,” gives a fascinating tour of:

  • the major phyla of all six taxonomic kingdoms
  • important concepts in the creation/evolution debate
  • an exciting survey of God’s living handiwork, including the tiny, deadly Trypanosoma, fungus firearms, sedentary sponges, and bizarre echinoderms; along with unfamiliar facts about the life-cycles and habits of vertebrates and plants
  • the basics of ecology, such as symbiotic relationships, food webs, and the interdependency of life
  • a biblical approach to conservation, and much more.

The Riot and the Dance by Dr. Gordon Wilson is not your typical biology text book, as is obvious from the title. It is written in a more personal style — like a conversation between the student and the professor. As a consequence the reader feels more like the author is a real person and they are reading a real book (rather than trying to plow through a dictionary or encyclopedia). All the essential biology is presented, and is presented well — but in a more user-friendly context. The author is transparent in his Christian perspective, but remains strongly focused on the biology at hand. His very limited interjection of personal perspectives preserves the book’s professional character but adds a dash of salt. There is no attempt to deal in depth with various theories regarding the history of life, which I feel is appropriate and intellectually honest.” — John Sanford, Ph.D., Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

“As a former college professor, it was refreshing to read a biology textbook that was not saturated in evolutionary fairy tales. Wilson doesn’t hide his beliefs about creation beginning with God’s Word. I enjoyed the conversational style of the book that will engage students with the information versus the typical biology textbook that is a boring recounting of facts. I also appreciated the use of analogies as these are a very effective teaching tool in the sciences. The Riot and the Dance will make a great addition to any biology classroom that desires to learn about God’s world beginning with God’s Word.” —Georgia Purdom, Ph.D., Answers in Genesis

Buy The Riot and the Dance: Foundational Biology at Amazon!

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