On missing the point: God’s Not Dead

Ryan Bell, writing from his Patheos blog “Year Without God”, on the low-budget Christian movie “God is Not Dead”, which finished a surprising 5th at the box office this past weekend, mostly due to pre-sale:

So, Christians went to see a movie that claims, without an ounce of subtlety and nuance, that Christians are being persecuted by atheist professors in universities. The net effect:

certain fundamentalist, culture-warrior Christians are confirmed in their persecution complex;

the rest of the Christian world either hangs their head in embarrassment or yawns;

the various non-theist groups are confirmed in their view that Christians are anti-intellectual and, consequently, not very smart (and bad writers and actors, as a group).

Bell also, in the post, tells why his experience in both “the camp who made this movie” and as a professor leads him to believe the movie is “fundamentally dishonest” (while self-disclosing that he gleamed this only from viewing the trailer and reading about it).

It’s always difficult to review or criticize something you have not seen, heard, or read for yourself. I read both the first “Left Behind” book and went to see Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ just so I could speak from first-hand experience when people asked me about it, but I admit (again, from what I’ve seen and read) I do not want to support such a movie for reasons included by Bell. And furthermore, the reviews are simply dreadful.

So, has anyone out there seen this?

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  1. Ellen Lincourt

    Look, one professor can be hostile to religion. I work in academia and, yes, just as one professor can be pro-religion another might be very hostile. My viewing of the trailer made me think that the movie wasn’t about the professor, but instead about the young man who went on a journey to figure out why he believed what he believe, but I was waiting to see the movie, or, at least, to read some reviews once it was out before I made up my mind. Some of the best pictures ever made were low-budget.

  2. tgflux

    Irony: if the Christianist “victims” fears were true, a movie like this wouldn’t be allowed to be made.

    But their fears aren’t true, and the First Amendment gives them free reign to film their every delusion-of-victimhood.

    God AND the U.S. Constitution are good.*

    JC Fisher

    * Though only the latter could still benefit from a few more amendments, IMO!

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