Movie Review – God’s Not Dead

Gods-not-dead This evening my sister and I went to see the film God’s Not Dead, which has been highly praised by Christians for being an excellent film that is well worth the drive many people are making to see it. My sister and I personally drove about 40 minutes to get to the nearest town to see the film, and got lost twice, which made the total over an hour. And it was well worth the drive.

The synopsis of the film is as follows: Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton, finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God?

The film was certainly well made and well researched, with Josh presenting reasonable, scientifically based arguments for the existence of God, confirming once more that science actually proves the existence of God in more ways than not. Josh’s bold stand for Christ, along with several other characters, was truly inspiring. Several other characters must make a choice, including Prof. Radisson’s girlfriend, who is a Christian. Others include a Chinese student whose very culture is opposed to Christianity, and a young Muslim woman, in whose culture you can be cast out for following Christ. At some point in the film, each of these characters must make a choice. Will they follow Christ? Or take the easy path and follow the world?

The movie was also well acted, with Shane Harper portraying well a student who must choose between his beliefs and the world. Radisson was brilliantly done by Kevin Sorbo, whose own story was remarkable in the light of the film. To be honest, there isn’t much more I can say without spoiling it. Though I can say that I NEVER expected the ending. I cried, and was truly inspired by the film. There was nothing inappropriate in the film, the only things of concern are: 1. A scene showing a person being hit by a car and 2. A lot of the debate will go over the heads of younger viewers.

God’s Not Dead was an amazing film that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good film to see this weekend, but be aware that not all theaters are showing it. Go to the movie website to find out if a theater near you is showing! I give this film 5 out of 5 stars!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Beth Passburg
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 23:14:50

    Great review! I’m dying to see the movie, it looks awesome!! 😀



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