GOD’S NOT DEAD.
Consider this my “text,” Newsboys! :-)
I just went to see a wonderful film called “God’s Not Dead.” The story is about a young College Freshman, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper), who is majoring in Pre-law–in other words, he has a lot at stake when it comes to getting good grades.
Nonetheless, he finds himself in a class with a staunch atheist teacher, Professor Radisson played by Kevin Sorbo, who wants all of his students on the first day to write “God is dead” on a piece of paper and sign it. Completing that “assignment” is a huge part of the semester grade, and the argumentative Professor won’t accept any alternative views by his students.
Josh, a devout Christian, could not deny his faith by writing the words. And so, throwing down the gauntlet to a Freshie whom he was sure he could argue circles around, the atheist Professor gives him 3 20 minute sessions to prove the existence of God.
With the students who had all written “God is dead” on their papers as the jury, the Josh takes on the challenge, despite numerous obstacles, including risking his future career and closest relationships.
We see other characters in the movie, also modern day Christians, who face difficult challenges to practicing their faith as well.
It’s an engaging tale, and very well done. The acting is marvelous. And the ending had me in tears — it was really touching.
After the mega-doses of atheism we’ve had to endure in modern entertainment, not just the obvious propaganda, but others — some disguised as science as in the recent tv documentary* “Cosmos,” it’s refreshing to find a movie like this. And it’s even more inspiring that the premise is not based upon some far out theory, but is grounded in experiences by many a Christian and numerous Christian groups who all bravely fight the good fight, finish the race and keep their faith despite it all.
For more information on “God is Not Dead,” see http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/
*(The new Cosmos was funded by Family Guy’s Seth McFarland and written and produced by Ann Druyan, who won the 2004 Richard Dawkins Award from the Atheist Alliance International Society and who was inspired to pursue science due to her fascination with Karl Marx.) (See Ann Druyan Wikipedia page)