God's Not Dead (2014)
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“Concerned in Tennessee”
Since: Dec 07
#1 May 5, 2014
This movie got a 13% critic review and a 85% viewer review on Rotten Tomatoes. There is an important reason for this, and it's not that the reviewers are non-Christians or atheists.
The reason is that the movie concept is an insult to any rational thinking person whether Christian or non-Christian.
Just to be up front, I am a Christian. I believe in God, and that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.
Having said that, this movie panders to the sub-section of American Christians who have some kind of weird persecution complex. You see this kind of thing echoed in FOX News a lot where they try to pander to the mistaken belief that Christianity (By far the largest and dominant religion in the US) is some how "under attack" by... who knows... atheist forces?!
The premise of this movie is that a Christian student attending college enrolls in a philosophy case and finds out that the professor is a God hating atheist. As his first assignment on day one he tells the class that there is no God and requires them to write down on a piece of paper that "God is dead" and sign it... or fail the class. When one student refuses the instructor tells him that in order to pass the course he will have to present an argument to the class proving the existence of God.
I have no problem with a faith based movie that tries to reach out to people and bring them the message of God. However, this movie is an insult to my intelligence, panders to misconceptions about colleges being atheist hotbeds, and is just downright dishonest in it's premise.
Let me settle this for you - no college in the University would EVER tolerate a professor forcing a student to disavow God, either verbally or in writing. It just wouldn't happen. Presenting this lie as if it could happen just reinforces the idea that some Christian persecution complex people have (that also have a fear of education) that this sort of thing goes on in reality.
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