“My family was in absolute awe of the Creator as we watched Refracted Glory. The hummingbird is an incredible creature – the amazing cinematography and the powerful presentations made on this video led us to praise the Lord for His beautiful design!” — Pat Roy (writer and co-creator of the “Jonathan Park” audio adventures)
From ancient legends to modern marvels not fully understood, Refracted Glory dives into the centuries of intrigue surrounding hummingbirds. This meticulously researched documentary answers questions about the unique design and purpose of hummingbirds.
Alongside scientists and engineers, Refracted Glory explores the physics of the hummingbird’s unique hovering ability. We also learn why hummingbird feathers sparkle – and why finding their fossils in Europe is significant.
From man’s earliest observations to the latest scientific findings, get ready to uncover God’s truth illustrated by these amazing little birds.
David Rives is the narrator for Refracted Glory. He is seen across the globe as host of the TV show “Creation in the 21st Century” on TBN. David has been featured on the History Channel, has participated in archaeological excavations in the Holy Land, and is the author of the book “Wonders Without Number”. As the producer of the creation-based documentary “In the Beginning”, David uses large observatory-class telescopes for astrophotography and research. Around the world, he has shared his compelling message through documentaries, music, photography and lectures. | www.davidrives.com
[Answer by Benjamin Owen ]
Hummingbirds are special -- they have fascinated me for years. However, that’s not the only reason for producing a documentary about hummingbirds... While many people marvel at them, few seem to notice the testimony of such things – partly because everywhere you go to learn about hummingbirds the earth is glorified more than the Creator.
The purpose of “Refracted Glory” was to build for people a worldview, in which, to understand hummingbirds. Any study of depth will quickly intersect with multiple topics, and the Bible speaks to each of these. In the case of hummingbirds; we see aerodynamics, biology, physics, history/archeology, theology, engineering, paleontology, thermodynamics, and others. God’s word is necessary for understanding the world in which we live, as well as, our purpose.
As we began pre-production in 2013, new scientific research had recently been published and films were releasing that prominently featured hummingbirds. However, the only major documentaries that had been produced thus far were crediting things like flowers for the existence of hummingbirds. It was time for a Christian hummingbird documentary to be produced. When people see something like a hummingbird, we want them to remember the Creator – and the eternal life He offers.
So; why hummingbirds? – Because they proclaim the gospel of Christ; who defeated death and now lives.
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When viewing the “Refracted Glory” content, some have asked; “how did you do that?”
We did this with the Lord’s good help. We were filming His birds, in His weather conditions, using equipment that operates under His laws of science. This content was compiled and edited on computers which would rather shut down than complete a large video project. And finally there were logistics that the Lord worked out which were beyond our ability – interviews, timing, travel, etc.
"Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name."
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Professor Stuart Burgess has taught engineering design at Cambridge University and Bristol University in the UK. He has won many national awards for engineering design, and has published over 130 scientific articles on design in engineering and design in nature. He has seven patents and carried out design projects for industry including designing parts of rockets and spacecraft for the European Space Agency. He is author of the books , He Made the Stars Also, and The Origin of Man.
James Gardner accepted Christ as a young child in Thailand where his parents were missionaries. He and his wife have spent over 15 years studying the scientific evidence supporting creation. He founded Canopy Ministries as a means to share what he learned through the years. A Pilot, Jim flies a small aircraft and lectures across the country and around the world, both for his own ministry and for AiG and ICR. Extensive world travels to foreign mission fields include Europe, Asia, Australia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Trips to the Grand Circle, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier National Parks, Chichen-Itza, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Angkor Wat have provided firsthand experience in geology and archaeology. Recent trips to Rome, Ephesus, Israel and Masada have also provided much first hand experience of how historical science and the Bible agree.
Ken Ham Since moving to America in 1987, Australian Ken Ham—president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and visionary behind the construction of a full-size Noah’s Ark—has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests. A biblical apologist, Ken co-founded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint/Keynote illustrations have made him one of North America’s most effective Christian communicators.
Bodie Hodge attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and received a BS and MS in mechanical engineering. After earning his master’s degree, Bodie worked as a test engineer through Aerotek Engineering for Caterpillar, Inc., in Peoria, Illinois at the Peoria Proving Ground. While working at Caterpillar, Bodie continued to teach apologetics to junior high and high school students. He did this until accepting a position with Answers in Genesis in 2003. Currently, Bodie is a speaker, writer, and researcher in AiG’s Outreach Department, oversees AiG’s Correspondence Department, and is a regular speaker in the Creation Museum Speaker Series.
Brandon Hummingbird is a helicopter instructor pilot.
Professor Andy McIntosh (Leeds) holds an emeritus chair in Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory, and has lectured and researched in these fields for over 20 years. He has a PhD in combustion theory from the aerodynamics department of what was then Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), a DSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wales and worked for a number of years at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Energy, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. As an associate speaker for AiG for many years, he speaks both in the UK and many countries abroad. He delights to present the scientific evidence for Creation.
Dr. David Menton A lifelong interest in science led to his study of biology and chemistry at Minnesota State University in Mankato, where he graduated with a BS degree in 1959. After a six month tour of active duty in the Army Reserves, Dr. Menton worked two years as a research laboratory technician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. He left Mayo to do graduate work at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he received a PhD in biology in 1966. Shortly after retirement, Dr. Menton joined Answers in Genesis as a speaker and researcher. He now travels and speaks for AiG throughout much of the U.S. as well as overseas, including recent events in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad, Peru, and Turkey.
Michael J. Oard Recently retired from the National Weather Service, meteorologist Mike Oard gives fascinating illustrated talks on the compelling evidence for Noah’s Flood and the Ice Age that resulted, and how the incredible wooly mammoth connects to biblical history. In addition to his technical writings, Michael is the author of a children’s book, Life in the Great Ice Age, and a book for teens and adults, The Weather Book.
Christopher C. Witt is Curator of Birds at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. He is originally from Philadelphia where he got started in Ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He got his Ph.D at Louisiana State University in 2004, after which he was a postdoctoral fellow at UC-Berkeley. He joined the faculty at University of New Mexico in 2007. Dr. Witt uses specimen-based approaches to study biogeography and evolution of hummingbirds and other New World birds.
“Scientifically informative, visually spectacular, musically engaging, and most importantly glorifying to our Heavenly Father the Creator of this amazing creature.” — Viewer Comment
“I am particularly pleased how you ended the film with a clear presentation of the Gospel. I think you did a very good job putting this together. And the video editing is impressive.” — James Gardner (interviewee)
“This film was an amazing project to be a part of, and I really hope you will look into purchasing the film; it is a powerful, genuinely amazing meditation on the wondrous creation of God.” — Gabriel Hudelson (music composer)