God’s Not Dead Review
Faith Driven Consumer
With biblically orthodox Christian faith under unprecedented attack in America today, the release of GOD’S NOT DEAD in theaters nationwide on Friday, March 21, is both timely and welcomed by those seeking faith- and family-friendly entertainment options. Produced by Pure Flix Entertainment and directed by Harold Cronk, GOD’S NOT DEAD stars Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Soul Surfer), Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Smallville) and David A.R. White (Evening Shade, Saved by the Bell, Mercy Streets) and features cameos by Willie and Korie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) and memorable music by Christian pop band, the Newsboys. As a story centered on the clash between secular and biblical worldviews, GOD’S NOT DEAD creates a powerful point of convergence where viewers must fully consider the existence of God and make a decision.
Overall Faith and/or Biblical Relevance
While some Christians who specialize in apologetics may take issue with how the arguments for the existence of God are handled in GOD’S NOT DEAD, the increasingly intolerant and arrogant secularist viewpoint dominating academia today is realistically portrayed. In the film, college freshman and committed Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is faced with the tough decision to accommodate to his philosophy professor’s assertion and that there is no God – and glide through the course unscathed – or publicly defend his deeply held faith convictions and risk a failing grade that would jeopardize his chosen career path.
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In a world increasingly hostile to biblical faith, the daunting challenge faced by Josh to stand up for his faith reflects the biblical call we have as Christians to be well-prepared to defend the hope of Christ that is in us. Here, GOD’S NOT DEAD has significant relevance to Faith Driven Consumers who are continually called upon to make biblical stewardship choices in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas.
Faith-compatible Depiction of Characters and Character Relationships
GOD’S NOT DEAD offers a diversity of characters and subplots that depict largely realistic and faith-compatible relationships. Beyond Josh and Professor Radisson (Sorbo), a broad spectrum of relevant and relatable characters are woven into the story line including: Radisson’s Christian wife who skillfully navigates not only her husband’s disbelief but also a mother with Alzheimer’s and a selfish, career-driven brother; a skeptical journalist who faces a cancer diagnosis; a lukewarm pastor who increasingly steps up to the plate; an on-fire African missionary; a Chinese student who comes to faith and faces rejection from his father; and a young Muslim woman who accepts Jesus and, in one of the most powerful and moving scenes in the film, is disowned by her devout, heart-broken father. In each situation, the characters find themselves at a crossroads where they must choose faith over the ways of the world – sometimes with a heavy price to pay…