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God's Not Dead (2014)

 -  Drama  -  21 March 2014 (USA)
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College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

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Radisson finds the topic of religion painful because his Christian mother died when he was 12, though he had prayed and begged God to spare her life. This may be what led him to study philosophy so in depth that he ultimately became a philosophy professor, but his desire to now avoid the topic of religion does not mesh well with his career as a philosophy professor. His anger at God has him requesting his students quote Friedrich Nietzsche and, in exchange, he promises to allow them to skip the chapter on religion. This is not the only clue the movie makers give that they have read atheist material extensively. Radisson tells Josh that if he won't reach a consensus with the class, he must prove God is not dead. Radisson had already explained this was a metaphor and, taken in the context of Nietzsche's point, Josh does an excellent job of proving this. Radisson promises Josh that he will keep his comments to a minimum (Radisson won't debate Josh), though Josh begins his argument ... Written by rdnyscott

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"What do you believe?"

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Rated PG for thematic material, brief violence and an accident scene | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,244,641 (USA) (21 March 2014)

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$60,753,735 (USA) (1 August 2014)
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Trivia

From an interview with Producer, Michael Scott: "I'll never forget the night we shot one scene where we were creating rain and had the actors dressed in their clothes, but underneath they had to wear wetsuits just to stay warm!" See more »

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Josh is told to look up Matthew 10:32-33 and Luke 12:48; when he reads Matthew 10:32-33 the Bible he is reading from is turned to a page in Luke. See more »

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Mark: You prayed and believed your whole life. Never done anything wrong. And here you are. You're the nicest person I know. I am the meanest. You have dementia. My life is perfect. Explain that to me!
Mina's Mother: Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn't want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn't seem to be any reason to leave. The door's wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut,...
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At the end of the film, the concert attendees are asked to text the phrase "God's Not Dead" to every contact on their phone. The credits then read, "Join the movement Text everyone you know", inviting the movie audience to do the same. See more »

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It's Bad and I'm Sorry
31 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a Christian pastor and genuinely appreciate the efforts of those who try to engage the culture in creative ways. However, someone needs to say this. This movie isn't particularly good. Although it may offer Christians some apologetic material, it will fail to engage the larger culture in any meaningful way. The reason for this is simple. Most Christians seem wholly unable to grasp the difference between propaganda and art. Art is a powerful but subtle tool that draws people in and causes them to question their assumptions without even realizing it . Propaganda is a blunt force instrument for communicating dogma in story form. Without any shadow of a doubt this film is more propaganda than art, and thoughtful atheists will see it for what it is even if Christians can't. Perhaps we need fewer Christians doing art and more artists serving Christ. There haven't been any decent Christian films since "The Passion of the Christ" and the "Chronicles of Narnia."


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