The Principle

DVD Release: December 8, 2015
The Principle


“The Principle” brings to light new scientific observations that challenge the Copernican Principle. The film brings before the public eye astonishing results from recent large-scale surveys of our universe, which disclose surprising evidence of a preferred direction in the cosmos, aligned with our supposedly insignificant Earth. The film explores, from all sides, the question of Earth’s station in the universe and whether it could, in fact, have a unique importance.

Dove Review

“The Principle” is a fascinating documentary, utilizing animation, interviews with scientific experts, and a history of the greats, such as Copernicus and Einstein. It focuses on the science of the Earth and explores the possibility of a Creator, a grand designer.

It quotes several scientists and philosophers, such as Carl Sagan, who said the Earth is an insignificant planet. But is it really? The film explores the subject of cosmology, and one person suggests the fingerprint of God is evident in our universe. Expert Ron Hatch mentions the countless experiments that have been conducted to learn more about our solar system and Earth’s beginnings but says, “They’ve run into dead ends.” The film also considers the book of Genesis, as well as the Julian calendar. It also features Kepler and Ptolemy and the theories of motion, as well as Albert Einstein’s well-known Theory of Relativity, Isaac Newton and Galileo. Some experts disagree on whether a Creator falls into the category of possibility, and most of them concede that the idea of God must be considered seriously. In light of scientific principles, the film also examines the effect of the Earth’s orbit and the speed of light.

This interesting documentary features clips of President Kennedy and his “We choose to go to the moon” speech and clips of rockets and astronauts on the moon. It also provides various scientific definitions: What does “Galaxy Distributions” mean? Or “The Axis of Evil?” What is the “Equinox Plane?” Ultimately, it also examines the question of whether mankind is part of a cosmic accident or if we are truly significant. The film concludes with the idea that, at the least, faith and science could coincide with one another. This documentary will make you think! We are awarding it our Dove Seal for ages 12-plus.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: OMG-1
Violence: An animated fire with the comment that a man, who thought other worlds might exist, was burned at the stake.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A man wonders about other universes and how many "trinities" are out there; some believe in a Creator, whereas other scientists believe a non-religious view is correct; one scientist believes there is no purpose or planning to the universe; a comment that the stars exploded, and now a "star is in you"; a lot of science terminology used.


Company: Front Gate Media
Writer: Rick DeLano
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 94 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Narrated by Kate Mulgrew; Animations by Buf Compagnie Paris; Scientists: George Ellis, Michio Kaku, Julian Barbour, Lawrence Krauss, Max Tegmark
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter