Dr. Ming Wang inspired ‘God’s Not Dead’ film character
by Jessica Bliss
Two years ago, Rice Broocks chronicled in a book the life stories of six individuals, their atheist beginnings and their search to find God.
One of these individuals is Dr. Ming Wang.
Wang, a cataract and LASIK surgeon in Nashville, holds a doctorate in laser physics. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with honors, and he was one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform laser cataract surgery.
This man — a highly educated person of science — also transitioned from atheism to Christianity while he was a student.
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Wang’s story, which was captured by Broocks in his book “God’s Not Dead,” served as the inspiration for the character Martin Yip in the movie of the same name, which was released March 21 and has made a splash at the box office with $22 million in earnings.
“I grew up as an atheist in a family which believed solely in science,” said Wang, who was born in China and raised by parents who taught at a medical school. “Everything was about scholarship, learning and science in our family. Education was the most important.”
The movie tells the story of present-day college freshman Josh Wheaton, a devout Christian who finds his faith challenged on the first day of philosophy class when the professor informs students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God.
Yip, a Chinese foreign exchange student, is in the class along with Wheaton and is moved to consider Christianity as he observes Wheaton’s defiance of the professor’s assertion that “God is dead.”
In real life, Wang said he began to question the omniscience of science when he was a student at Harvard…