‘God’s Not Dead’ Review Round-Up: Is Christianity Under Attack?

Sat, March 22, 2014 3:40pm EDT by 44 Comments

Released March 21, evangelical drama ‘God’s Not Dead’ seems to assert that Christianity is under attack in America, but some critics are not too sure about that assertion — nor about the quality of the film.

We’re not going to be the ones to touch whether or not Christianity is under attack in America, but we will say that the overall tone of God’s Not Dead is a bit heavy-handed; its message does not seem entirely effective when it only serves to preach to the choir. (So to speak.) But don’t just take our word for it — go below the cut to find out what critics have been saying about God’s Not Dead!

‘God’s Not Dead': Movie Review Round-Up

Directed by Harold Cronk (who also directed a little something called Jerusalem Countdown) and featuring an appearance from Duck Dynasty‘s Willie RobertsonGod’s Not Dead follows Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a freshman enrolled at the fictional Hadleigh University in Louisiana.

On Josh’s first day in Professor Radisson’s (Kevin Sorbo‘s) philosophy class, the prof insists that all of his students sign a document declaring “God is dead,” lest they fail the course. (Normal, everyday university stuff.) Josh refuses and is tasked by his professor to prove that God is alive.

Here’s what the critics had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter

“Radisson is a pretty one-dimensional tyrant, though it helps that Sorbo gives such a smooth, effective performance. When a third-act revelation provides personal motivation for his fervent atheism, the plot gimmick is pretty tacky. It cheapens the issues to suggest that anyone who doubts the existence of God came to that conclusion because of a personal trauma.”

Variety

Josh begins mounting his defense of the Lord in a fashion that might be called “Christian Apologetics for Dummies,” countering the bad professor’s scientific reasoning with his own citations from theistic scholars who suggest that Scripture and science can exist harmoniously side by side. Well, sometimes those forces sync up more harmoniously (the Big Bang) than others (evolution), but never shall the twain really meet — at least not with this milquetoast Abercrombie model at the stand, making his arguments with all the passionate conviction of a what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation report.

Examiner

Perhaps too many subplots were introduced into this film where even more focus could have been afforded to the student’s challenges with his friends and family for his stand for God. Furthermore, more Biblical and scientific evidence substantiating Josh’s claim of God’s existence could have been introduced. Nevertheless, the final analytical theme, “God gave people freedom of choice,” is extremely prevalent up to the end. It is the choice of each individual on the existence of God and Jesus.

PluggedIn

The story is sometimes melodramatic. And there are moments of implausibility that emerge as the list of non-Christians behaving badly lengthens. But God’s Not Dead can always be seen focusing on the simple power of testifying to the Truth, no matter the cost. Josh makes a decision to let the chips fall where they may, delivering the gospel message bravely and boldly in a hostile environment. He carefully prepares to give his answers. And he always puts God first.

So, HollywoodLifers, will you be seeing or skipping God’s Not Dead? Be sure to vote and comment below!

– Amanda Michelle Steiner

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Rosemarie

Posted at 11:39 PM on August 24, 2014  

This movie is great. I love it. Cant wait to see it again

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Ray McDonald

Posted at 7:28 PM on April 12, 2014  

The movie is right about free will, but the problem is we need to be care full how we put it on the screen God has a time frame for all of us to call on him and it is not at the last minute, wile causing others to stumble we will be judge according for that. Rembere hell is for the fallen and the wicked, death is for the sinner, eternal life is for those who walk in a way that Christ did.

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irene

Posted at 8:42 PM on April 12, 2014  

Ray, hi, I believe God had a hand in the making of this movie…I know a lot of people who have seen this movie and opened a bible because they, at least, became curious. I also know a lot of Christians who didnt like the way it was made, it could have been better…I am all for anyone who sincerely attempts to make Christian entertainment. Sir, with respect, I believe you are wrong about not being able to call God in the last minute. Are You are saying Jesus lied to the thief on the cross, when Jesus told him he would be in Paradise with Him that day. They both were not far from death. By what you say, Jesus should have said…”Sorry, you know who I am, you, yourself said I was innocent. So I know you know me. You had all the time before now to believe me….now it’s too late” God doesnt let His children fall, nor does He let satan snatch them. It sounds like a works theology. While I dont believe the “once saved always saved” Christianity. My bible tells me that the Savior will turn no one aside who comes to Him, that He stands at the door and knocks, ready to enter upon anyone that opens the door…and we walk in the way that Jesus walked only because we are led by the Holy Spirit. We can not do it any other way…all of us are fallen…its what makes Jesus the Savior. Every Christian has taken a wrong turn…there are no perfect Christians…we come for forgiveness…as the Holy Spirit convicts..There will be no saved people in hell…He is the Good Shepard …We are saved by accepting what Jesus did at the Cross not by our works on the walk….On the other hand, anyone that says he is a christian and goes to porn or bars,,,is a bad witness on shaky ground, but he can always come to Jesus for forgiveness and change his life…if he causes another to stumble, he can be forgiven…if he repents…

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Kasey

Posted at 3:44 AM on March 31, 2014  

This film is base on similar events. A Florida professor did just about the same thing as in movie.

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jhonn

Posted at 10:37 AM on March 29, 2014  

good film

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Dean

Posted at 12:23 AM on March 25, 2014  

So someone finally made a movie out of an email rumor. This one is ‘the atheist professor and the Christian student’ and it’s been circulating since the dawn of the internet: even longer than ‘Mr. Rogers was a marine sniper!’. It never actually happened, and a professor who tried this stunt would have his leash pulled short by the administration. The rumor (and the movie) are a wish-fulfillment where the student finally gets to tell off that snarky, overbearing professor he was afraid to stand up to in real life and gives him what he most needs to win the argument: a professor who sticks to the script the student imagined in head.

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Carmen Carson

Posted at 12:37 PM on March 26, 2014  

This is dead on. Thank you.

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irenehoward54

Posted at 7:02 AM on March 31, 2014  

it is based on similar events…not all Christians have experience this type of confrontation, usually snarky professors just give them failing or very low grades on their work…My grade point average went from a 4.0 to a 3.8 when a writing teacher graded me on her disagreement of the issue SHE picked for me to write about ( I’m christian, she choose Gays and Adoption, I preferred another subject)….rather than my writing skills…like spelling, grammar usage etc…Most administrators would shrug their shoulders about Christian complaints,,,they are too busy placating to the complaints and protests of activist staff and students….In my college, anything christian for display was put in a tiny room down a remote hall,,,,any other religions and social activists had mural size displays and tables set up, up and down the halls,,,Christians were not allowed to hand out their literature and articles, but there were no restrictions on other religions or activists activities…So this kind of thing does happen, and finally christians are given a voice through a movie…I learned a lot going to college as a 30 something

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Mica

Posted at 10:27 PM on March 23, 2014  

I think it is nice to see other movies being put out there for everyone. Christian’s enjoy Christian movies not that that’s all we will ever watch we are people and enjoy other movies but seeing a movie for us because we know God’s amazing grace and forgiveness and see what he has done in our lives and maybe touch someone else in the process. No not everyone believes in God and that’s your right. Does it change that people like me will pray for you? No, and you could care less right now but maybe one day you will. But for every person that doesn’t believe God their are others who do and that is our right. You think we like seeing everything we see as believers but can or do we complain about everyone of them like most of the non-believers complain about all the Christian things or if God is on our dollar bills or in the pledge of allegiance? No because we are ridiculed left and right for it. Christian’s are normal people half the time you don’t even know if you’re interacting with a Christian because we are not better than you, we make mistakes, and we are not perfect. We all still sin and we still love everyone because it’s not our place to judge. Do I agree with the non-believers no but I still have friends who do not believe and I love them to death. I stand where I stand and they stand where they stand. I still pray for them but I don’t push something on them they are not ready for. One day maybe they will come around and I will be waiting. Christian’s are not above anyone we are all equal we are just one different paths with our walk with God it doesn’t make us better or worst than the person next to us believer or not!

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Peg Baez

Posted at 8:07 PM on March 30, 2014  

Very well written, Mica.

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Kiki

Posted at 12:33 PM on March 23, 2014  

So I went to see the movie last night after all this talk. Out of curiosity and to be more informed.
Well now I think even less of this movie…
Every atheist in the movie is described in such awful way from the professor (I mean the situation in which he obligate student to sign the papare about the death of god is down ridiculous, something like this never happened in any university). The soulless layer, the nasty reporter, and let’s not start with the Muslim father. So first point
All Christians are good and everybody else is just an amoral piece of shit. If not name me a non Christian character which was described in a decent way
Second point the existence of god which was basically proven with some genesis passages and with the affermation that since you can’t prove he didn’t exist he exist. This is circular thinking doesn’t give you a solution and is not the way to think when you want to prove a thesis.
3000 thousands years ago people ware praying the gods of the Greek pantheon, building temples where they could go and pray to them, before man in caves where looking at the star and fire and everything they didn’t understand and pray to those things. Where they wrong, where their faith less important then yours now? It’s the evolution of religion, then there was Zeus now you have Jesus in 1000 years from now what will will have? So is religion more an answer to a basic human need to get answer to what we don’t understand and once we understand those things (man in caves discover nature and don’t venerated it anymore as a deity) we more to the next one. At the end at the base of any religion the are the same moral compass (don’t kill, respect your people etc etc) but those are not religious trait, those are genetic things, we don’t kill each other so our species can survive. You don’t see animals killing each other without reason within their group, this will go against the genetic rule of survival.

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Bob

Posted at 2:13 PM on March 23, 2014  

Kiki –

I think you make a lot of good points! My best advice to you is forget the movie, but before you dismiss Christianity outright, based upon your perceptions of it; try something radical – attend the Alpha Course – it is designed for non-Christians like yourself, its a safe place to say the things you are saying here, but in a place where you can have a real dialogue, and not be judged. I think you would love it. Its hard to do what they were trying to do in that movie, and in your case, they failed. Give it a go – check out their website at http://www.Alphausa.org; Alpha originated in Holy Trinity Brompton, a wee Anglican Church across the street from Harrod’s department store in London, next to the Victoria & Albert Museum; it has spread all over the world, and no doubt there will be a new course starting up somewhere near where you live. These blogs suck for real dialogue, if you really are feeling curious or adventurous, give it a go.

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Mike Szabo

Posted at 2:16 AM on March 24, 2014  

The rent-a-car guy was not bad, he was nice, friendly, and put up with quite a bit of guff from the pastor, job well done. The father was not terrible just traditional, it is not an unheard of thing in cultures to be upset with one disowning it. It showed the fathers pain as well… And honestly I felt the pastor to be rude and I liked they showed him as human because he did not show the faith of his missionary friend, if you ever want to talk to someone, I am willing to talk, I’m not a perfect Christian but I try, and even if I am using this in the wrong context my meaning is what it says, God is not dead, thank you, if you would like to talk reply to me and I’ll make a burn email.

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Daniel

Posted at 4:21 AM on March 23, 2014  

Ugh. Has no one involved with this movie been to college? We get a philosophy prof who doesn’t seem to know what Nietche meant by “God is dead.” We have a Freshman law student taking a philosophy class. We see Christians as a tiny minority on college campuses. We have a university administration that allows harassment based on religion. And all this by a screenwriter who thinks “God’s” is grammatically the same as “God is”.

I don’t really expect Apologetics in a Christian movie, but this thing played out like a bad Snopes entry rather than anything remotely based on reality. And when the setting is so obviously not in the real world, any evidence presented in this film likewise lacks relevance in the real world.

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Mike Szabo

Posted at 2:07 AM on March 24, 2014  

I am in college now, 03.22.2014, in Michigan, and yes I have personally experienced some themes of this movie, I feel it has its weakness’s but what movie doesn’t and all movies should be afforded the ability to tell their story because lets face it every movie has a story to tell, but are you there to listen to the story?

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Mister Baja

Posted at 2:08 AM on March 23, 2014  

maybe, it’s hard to believe everything……………

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Dan

Posted at 12:35 AM on March 23, 2014  

This movie was well written well depicted and well portrayed. The meaning and message behind it was clear and is fairly accurate to the views of society. I enjoyed it and everyone in the theater enjoyed it. The theater was packed full and an extra showing was scheduled. Nice to see a good movie for a change

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Lisa

Posted at 12:21 AM on March 23, 2014  

Comment got cut off. what I was saying was that it seems that perhaps some who make such broad brushed condemning statements may have run into some of these not so good Christians and for that I am sorry. They give all of us a bad reputation. Also keep in mind that a faith in God has nothing to do with religion. Religion was created by man so is terribly flawed at times. True faith is a personal relationship with God.
Blessings

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Mike Szabo

Posted at 1:55 AM on March 24, 2014  

Lisa, I am a Christian, I am 19, I accepted Christ as my savior at the ripe age of 6. I am not going to lie though, I have friends who are into same sex, but how can you as a Christian say you support the gay marriage movement? In the bible I read it says it is an abomination unto the lord, and it is a sin, just in case you were wondering I read the King James version. As a Christian I cannot support sin, I do not support making my personal sin morally acceptable so why do it for others, on the other hand I enjoyed the movie, and it seems it is doing well in sales, it was not super fleshed out but as a college student I encounter some of the struggles the movie showed, thank you.

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Joel C

Posted at 11:35 AM on March 24, 2014  

“As a Christian I cannot support sin,”

But you already are. Have you not read the multiple verses in Scripture that speak out against judging others? When the adulterous woman was cast out by the Pharisees, Christ came to her defense and pointed out that her judges were all guilty of sin. Would He have acted differently if instead of an adulterous woman, the Pharisees had thrown a gay man at Christ’s feet? I think you should pay more attention to the plank in your eye and less attention to a subject that does not effect you one bit, other than the fact that you obviously feel being a heterosexual (a choice mind you that you never personally made) makes you better than a homosexual. That attitude is not only not Christian, but it’s damaging and it keeps non-believers away from the church and a greater understanding of a loving Christ.

 
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Mike Szabo

Posted at 12:06 PM on March 24, 2014  

As I said I have friends who have same sex relationships, it doesn’t mean it is right, I am not judging them, I am simply stating a fact, I also do not accuse them of being a sinner while I act “holy”, I love people, I have my faults but I do not ask people to say that it is ok, your fine, it doesn’t hurt Christ when you lie, or get filled with hate or lust, things I struggle with, having homosexual relations is a sin, just as much as if I were to lie, lust, or anything else that I might end up falling to. Would Jesus have cast a stone at a homosexual? No, but he still wouldn’t approve of the act just as with the harlot, it hurts him when I sin, in turn I try not to, if you willingly accept a homosexual relationship you’re welcome to the idea of hurting the Christ that loves us, something that I’m not ok with. We all have our problems, I don’t fight my friends, I just won’t let them think a sin is ok. Thank you for replying back to me though I hope I cleared my p.o.v up.

 
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irene howard

Posted at 9:00 PM on March 27, 2014  

hi Mike, watching your conversation with Joel..find it interesting how the stoning of the harlot is always brought up and applied to judging being wrong and that Jesus didnt judge the harlot…I believe He did judge her….Didn’t He tell her she was forgiven but “go and sin no more” why is it they always neglect that last sentence…those words said means a judgement of her behavior was made…by Him..the would be stoners were as guilty as her…they all were guilty = judgement call. I believe we are call to judge the behavior but love the sinner as you suggest..Matt 6:14-15 et al .”Hate the sin, Love the sinner” =judgement call. But no one is to judge or condemn anothers soul…that IS God’s job…keep the faith, am enjoying your post

 
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mike

Posted at 11:23 PM on March 27, 2014  

Thank you Irene for showing the way words are worded can mean a world of difference, as well as showing that I am a young Christian in age, and that I can always learn new ways to use the Bible to defend myself not get it used against me. Thank you again and have a good night!

 
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irene howard

Posted at 7:21 AM on March 28, 2014  

mike you are a young Christian but not young in your Christianity…since 6..You are also a good defender of the Faith, and do it with conviction…you are inspiring…refreshment for this 60 year old…lol…Keep on your path, we can all learn from each other…

 
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Lisa

Posted at 12:14 AM on March 23, 2014  

Listen to the hatred and disdain in these posts! That is the form of attack aimed at Christians all over. I have personally been called a bigot (sorry doesn’t apply tp me) a homophob (umm yeah that’s why I support gay marriage) delusional (nope) an idiot (do you know what my education background is?) a “bible thumper”(never done this in my life) intolerant of other religions (don’t think so with Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, Jehovah’s. Witness, Jewish, Wiccan as well as a few other religions decorating my family tree) and best of all closed minded. Now I can add atrocities done hundreds of years ago to what I am accused of. To declare all Christians are this way is like saying all rock stars are drug addicts when that is simply not the case. I do not jam my beliefs down your throat because i believe that calling yourself Christian means nothing if you don’t act it. But it is perfectly all right to belittle me because I choose to believe. Yes horrible things were done in the name of religion in the past. I cannot argue that. But religion is not the same now as it was then. To condemn all Christians based on that is like condemning all Muslims because of what happened on 9/11. It simply doesn’t work that way. There are good and bad Christians just as there are good and bad of every possible catagory you could fit people into. And no, I am not just blindly following a faith my parents did. Mine was a choice I made as an adult. Am I perfect? Goodness, no! A true Christian knows exactly how imperfect they are and strive to be better while admitting their flaws. Are their Christians that are ignorant or homophobic or closed minded out there? Yes but I call them baby Christians. Not yet understanding what it means. It does sound to me that perhaps some who make the nroad negative comments about Christians

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Kiki

Posted at 10:55 PM on March 22, 2014  

@drew thank you. People so easily talk about religion forgetting the atrocity those religions did. You talk about the good worlds of your Lord but then it is another thing to apply them, to be good, to love everybody (skin color, sexual preferences, and different beliefs). So easy. So easy you don’t see atheists protest outside churches but man in front of a oration clinic and gay parades you r there with you Sunday churches dresses speeding the love of God….

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irene howard

Posted at 11:00 AM on March 29, 2014  

Where are you from Kiki,,,here in america, atheist protest all the time,,,in court, trying to get historical markers, money, anything that even mentions about God, faith, religion out of public view, At the abortion clinics, on the other side of the street, crashing Christian festivals….I see atheist protesting ALL the time,,,the lastest being, to have anti god christmas cards to distribute, anti god bulletin boards…for people who dont like/acknowledge God, stop trying to make martyring angels out of atheists…they do their fair share of persecution

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j

Posted at 10:22 PM on March 22, 2014  

i think that the atention this movie is getting is amazing i love how it show just a bit of our GODS great power

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Will

Posted at 10:12 PM on March 22, 2014  

My wife and I liked it very much. The film actually caught me several times with an emotional respose that I wasn’t personally prepared for. The reviewer’s suggestion that Josh was including any and everyone who “doubts the existence of God came to that conclusion because of a personal trauma” is incorrect. He’s focusing directly on the personal situation revealed by the professor in private, concerning the death of his mother and His subsequent hatred that he has tried to label, “his atheism.” Certainly “personal emotional trauma” which can occur when one doesn’t get the answers to prayer they want — those times when God says, “No.” But, not everyone rejects or “hates” God when it happens. Ted Turners well known rejection of God when he prayed his mother would be healed and she was not, is a perfect representation of Jesus’ parable of the sower, although that taxt wasn’t mentioned. Some will keep their faith strong, knowing that this life isn’t all there is to it. Others will harden themselves and reject the “Sower.”

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nonsense

Posted at 9:13 PM on March 22, 2014  

I can’t wait to see it. The way Americans are living you would certainly think God was dead. Oh how surprised many people will be at Judgment Day. But it is never too late to turn your life around, God is all forgiving and loving. We have become an “ego” centered culture (easing God out) And we are paying a price.

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Drew Riggio

Posted at 9:30 PM on March 22, 2014  

God can’t be dead because there is no reason to believe there ever was such a thing as a god.

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TW

Posted at 10:02 PM on March 26, 2014  

but dont you see?
It has many meanings
here are a few ways of how it can me interpreted in 1st person POV
1. He is dead
2. He is nothing to me
3. He never existed
etc….
it means many things

 
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irene howard

Posted at 8:42 PM on March 28, 2014  

yet you care enough to comment about something/someone you say doesnt exist…If you truly believed that,,,why waste the breath…you talked about Him and gave Him recognition therefore He does exist and certainly not dead in your mind…and He provoked a need for you to respond…cool

 
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LF6

Posted at 7:23 PM on March 22, 2014  

Just came back from the movie, pulled a few heart strings for sure. At this point I believe the title of my message tomorrow is going to be “God’s Not Dead”.

Very well put together I thought.

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Kiki

Posted at 5:51 PM on March 22, 2014  

I didn’t see the movie and may be I am wrong to give my opinion (since I didn’t see the movie).
But I am tired of the victimization so may Chrostians apply to them self. The evil Muslim, the evil Jews the evil atheist. If god give you free will by your amdmission you should understand different faith, different sexual choices and different opinion. But in the last years you became more and more petulant like little kids that want to impose their rules on they play ground. They hire the serie ‘Cosmos’ and you want your own creationist serie (even if it is only an opinion and not a scientifically proven theory). They legalize gay marriage and you are there with your big mouth complaining about what is a real cristian family. I am not religious but I am tolerant of regions try to do the same

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tateskyBob

Posted at 5:57 PM on March 22, 2014  

Based upon the anger you are displaying towards anything Christian, I would qualify your comment about being so tolerant, you show little tolerance for things related to Christianity. It’s probably not a super great idea to comment about how bad a movie is you haven’t seen, no?

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Kiki

Posted at 6:38 PM on March 22, 2014  

When you talk about tolerance do you use as an example the 2000 years old history of Christian tolerance (made of burining witches and scientists, crusades to the policy of conversion they are using those days on the amazon population?)

 
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Drew Riggio

Posted at 9:29 PM on March 22, 2014  

There is nothing “intolerant” about calling Christianity what it is: a vast force for horrible wrongdoing for about two thousand years. Saying you cannot call Christians intolerant without being intolerant yourself is like saying you can’t say something is wrong with pedophilia without being intolerant. Nice try.

 
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tatesky

Posted at 9:40 PM on March 22, 2014  

Not a nice try – an honest response! Christianity is an expression of Christ’s love for the world ; it has as I said earlier been a movement that thanks to man’s inability to embrace fully God’s plan for the world, been an ugly characature of itself! Unless you have experienced the HolySpirit, you really need to withhold judgement

Blessings

Bob

 
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irene howard

Posted at 11:52 AM on March 29, 2014  

@ Drew Riggio, just as there is nothing intolerant about Christians calling sin…”Sin”…Abortion is murder, no apologies, sexual sin (and I include all manner, adultery, fornication, homosexual) is…”Sin” Stealing, lying, gossiping, worshipping false gods…is sin..no apologies..It is the behaviour, that is sinful…Christians believe that sin can be reversed, repent and do good…no intolerance there…because a true Christian will admit that all have sinned (including themselves)…. who you accuse unjustly of wrongdoing for 2000 years is false…religion is what was intolerant and so was anti-religion…they clashed…(“Your anothing but a sinner” “Dont tell me that cheating on my husband is wrong!”) man is evil…period..What Jesus did 2000 was to bring repentance and peace and a way back to and a relationship with God through Him….nothing intolerant there….You saying all “chrisianity” (instead of religion) and 2000 years of it was nothing but christian wrongdoing based on what erring religions did to it and how they used to manipulate and control…it is like….blaming the young boy that the pediphile was attracted to him….I can say there is a lot of intolerance against Christians…..by people like yourself… but we count it as joy in serving Jesus… :) The fact is you CAN and ARE intolerant when you speak up AGAINST something….why speak out? And we should all be intolerant against pediophilia (sp) I certainly hope you are intolerant of it. You are intolerant of Christians and have all of them under the same umbrella…”They all do…they all did…they all are” You hold a whole 2014 population of people guilty for what religion did through out the centuries…Christians believe sin is wrong and displeases God,,,you dont believe in sin or God and resist anything “Christian” you are intolerant of a Christian as they are of your sin…nice try!

 
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Serena

Posted at 7:20 PM on March 22, 2014  

@Kiki…learn your history. If you think that “christians” were the only ones who engaged in acts of violence, you know nothing. Also, please learn how to spell. Christian, not chrostian.

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Drew Riggio

Posted at 9:28 PM on March 22, 2014  

Serena: Your point is irrelevant. “Other people were murdering people, too” is not a justification for what Christians did. Give the world a break.

 
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irenehoward54

Posted at 8:50 PM on March 28, 2014  

they seem to forget Christians have a long history of violence,,,they were crucified, fed to lions, imprisoned, had land and homes taken from them, sold or forced into slavery…and in many countries today a lot of that is still going on…China, Middle East ,,Russia, Iran ….THey don’t know the difference between what Christians did and what “religion” did….Two life force that are completely expectable to hate,,,,fat people…and Christians.

 
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Bob

Posted at 5:23 PM on March 22, 2014  

I thought the movie probably took on too many sub-plots, but having said that, the main thrust between the professor and his freshman student was poignant. So many folks have been hurt by church, and this leaves deep scars, we have managed in many cases to do church very badly, and I get why so many folks take on an attitude much like the professor’s. My attitude for most of my life was that church was boring and irrelevant, and until I had a very profound encounter with God, I would probably have sided with the professor. As a Christian now, I think this movie is good enough so that an agnostic or doubter would benefit from the experience of watching this flick, it wasn’t perfect, but it got one to thinking…

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