Pure Flix, the company responsible for such great Christian films like The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown, is releasing their first box office movie today! God’s Not Dead will release in select theaters for today, and today only, at either.
For most people, Christian movies are very rare in mainstream media. They appear once every so-and-so years at the box office. Just over the past three years, the big Christian movies were Monumental, Unstoppable, Son of God, and possibly Noah. All in all, it is rare to see a well-produced Christian movie with an intriguing story. Monumental,Unstoppable and Son of God have received mixed reviews, mostly due to either delivery or misrepresentation. Noah received high-praise and great rating but maybe because it is a big-budget film with a lot of star power behind it. Also, it may not exactly be considered Christian despite it being based off the story from Genesis.
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). 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? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.
GOD’S NOT DEAD features a talented cast of actors including Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER, HERCULES, ANDROMEDA), Shane Harper (GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2), David A.R. White (BROTHER WHITE, REVELATION ROAD and JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN), and Dean Cain (LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.
Despite the fact that there are already some criticisms to the film, especially from Ken Ham through his review on Answers In Genesis, the film is getting a lot of star power and backing. Not to mention, it has received plenty of positive reviews already, as reported by Nola. This film may even help out Duck Dynasty, which has seen an exponential drop in viewership, just because Willie and Korie Robertson are in the film too.
If God’s Not Dead is of interest, a list of movie theaters in each state showing the film, can be found on the movie’s official website.
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