It’s been just over two years since the movie God’s Not Dead came out. When it came out on DVD, I saw it and wrote a review. I wasn’t a fan because God’s Not Dead wasn’t a movie about Christianity; it was a movie about cultural Christianity. It was a movie about the sort of shallow religiosity that I was taught when I was a teenager.
It was a movie where “theism” is the same as “Christianity”.
It was a movie where people become Christians without repenting of their sin or even mentioning Jesus at all.
It was a movie where the best part of the Christian life was attending a Christian Rock concert.
It was a movie where a freshman took on a PhD philosophy professor/atheist with a few pithy quotes and a couple of hours spent in a library.
It’s no shock that I really disliked the first movie; it showed the state of evangelicalism and pretty much explained why “I went to Heaven” books are always on the best seller list.
So, was God’s Not Dead 2 any better? Continue reading
On December 31, 1995 something momentous happened. Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins released the book Left Behind, a fictional account of their (somewhat fanciful) ideas of what the rapture would be like, as well as the 7 years of tribulation that followed. The book spawned a series that would ultimately involve 16 novels and would sell 65+ million copies. Many people read the books, many people hated the books, and the whole series became both a topic of continual conversation/embarrassment as well as the reason for rejecting various points of end times theology (properly known as eschatology) for the next 20 years (if I had a dime for every time I found myself in a conversation about eschatology where someone brought up a series of fiction books as the main reason for rejecting Biblical doctrine…). But that wasn’t the end of it all. On October 31st, 2000, the Left Behind series hit the big time when it (*gasp*) became a movie. Not only did it become a movie, but it was a movie that starred Kirk Cameron (the greatest Christian celebrity ever)…
…as well as that guy from Die Hard and Walker, Texas Ranger. Continue reading
I’ve heard about the movie God’s Not Dead before it hit theaters, and I refused to see it…mostly because when it was in the theater I was yellow and wondering if I was going into liver failure.
Now that it’s on DVD, I’ve seen it and have written an Amazon review (feel free to go here and give me positive votes).
Seeing that I’m doing next to no blogging these days, I’m basically double-dipping into other things I write and will toss a few things up here from time to time. My main efforts these days are book editing and learning how to publish an e-book (and there’s a lot to do and learn).
Still, here’s my review for those that are interested: Continue reading
***Update – April 6, 2014 – In the light of upcoming research that I’m doing on the movie Noah, I’ve edited this review and toned down the level of rhetoric.***
Up until yesterday, I had heard a whole lot of hype about the Noah movie and honestly, couldn’t care less. It’s a Hollywood production and, like The Passion of the Christ, I thought it would be an attempt by some theologically confused celebrities (for example) or a theologically liberal director/producer (for example) to atone for all the moral necrosis that they’ve unleashed upon the world at 24 frames per second (or now 48). There’s a huge difference between films made by Christians and films made by “Hollywood Christians” (the difference being a biblical worldview vs. an explicitly pagan worldview hiding behind re-defined biblical terminology), and I generally ignore all the “Christian/religious” media that emerges from Hollywood. To use a biblical term, films made by “Hollywood Christians” are generally moronic (for the sake of clarity, I use the phrase “Hollywood Christians” as a catchall for everyone who would self-identify as some form of “Christian”; all the people who thank God for their awards but live as if they’ve never even heard of him).
Isn’t that harsh and even arrogant language?