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Will we miss the boat with Noah (the movie)

Will we miss the boat with Noah (the movie)

Jonathan Merritt wonders at Religion News Service about the reaction of evangelicals to the movie Noah:

Prominent evangelicals have unleashed a flood of criticism at “Noah,” the epic film releasing from Paramount Pictures on March 28 starring Russell Crowe. The naysayers claim that Christians shouldn’t see the movie because it differs in places from the biblical story in Genesis. Yesterday, for example, Rick Warren tweeted that he would not be going to see the film before deleting the message and adding another simply critiquing the movie’s coverage.

Noah.jpegWhich inaccuracies are these leaders most upset about? Most can’t say because they haven’t actually seen the film. All they know is that someone told them that there are deviations from the biblical account, and this is apparently grounds for a boycott.

Does this film follow every jot and tittle of the (surprisingly short) biblical story? No. But it is more accurate than portraits of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jesus hanging in many churches or the romanticized tales of Christ’s birth recounted by Christians around Christmas with details that have little or no textual support. And most relevant to this discussion, “Noah” is at least as accurate as other biblical films and television shows of late–productions, by the way, that many of these same leaders have lauded in various publications and from their pulpits.

Read more here.

I wonder how they determine which story is correct in the first place as there are obviously at least 2 entwined into the Biblical account. Also I wonder about the cultural desire for a re-start as portrayed in the film. Have we gone so far with pollution and corruption that only a reprise of Noah and the Ark will satisfy us? More on why Noah now here.



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Robert Martin

I’m looking forward to the petition asking that “based on actual events” be appended to the film.

Sometimes prominent evangelicals can get upset when things deviate somewhat from a certain interpretation. In Biblical parlance, they can be stiff-necked.

Even if we do accept the Bible as requiring this very close meaning, it doesn’t mean that we must have a negative reaction when a…movie doesn’t. Thank goodness there isn’t a theological oversight committee in Hollywood because by my calculations 75%+ of my favorite movies would never have made it out!

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