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275 of 330 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2015
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As a Christian I found this movie appallingly juvenile in its attempt to straw man what is perceived to be elitist atheism. No professor of a major college institution would begin class with such a fruitless and absurd requirement. The "dropped chalk" story passed around in emails has never been verified, and as far as I can tell it's the only example of such a stunt. Likewise, the ending is presumptive in that it portrays atheists as somehow believing in God but unwilling to worship Him. If this is how evangelicals engage in religious debate with Atheists, it's no wonder why they're failing.

It is not "brave" to defend what 85%+ of Americans already believe. It's merely catering to a persecution complex. If the subject were Democracy instead of God, the idea that a student would be a hero for arguing in favor would be equally silly - nearly everyone in the room is in favor already, and a professor who asks students to write down "Democracy is evil" would not only be viewed as extraordinarily arrogant, he would also likely lose his job..

If you're unfamiliar with the "Straw man fallacy", let me explain - A "straw man" is either a deliberate misrepresentation or unintentional misunderstanding of another person's viewpoint or argument that is much easier to counter than the person's actual argument. In this case, the straw man is that all atheists hate God. Hence the climactic scene when Josh asks "why do you hate God?". Atheists don't hate God. Atheists don't BELIEVE in God. Thus the "debate", and in particular Josh "winning" said debate, is completely illogical. It is as If I declared the Sun to be purple and then portrayed my opposition (those who would declare it yellow) as "not liking the color purple, but can be persuaded into liking it." No, they wouldn't; I merely straw manned their argument from "the Sun isn't purple" to "I don't like purple".

In short - this is a movie that perhaps understands its insular target audience but makes its supposedly "inspirational" point by deliberately misrepresenting what atheists would say in a debate over religion. If that's how you want to "win" a debate - congrats, I guess? It just makes the viewer even less likely to be able to convert atheists - after all, if you stubbornly avoid listening to their points of view, how could you possibly counter them effectively?

Being able to crush idiotic caricatures and stereotypes does not make this movie inspirational. It makes it petty.
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677 of 854 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2014
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Before i get into my review of the film itself, i first fell the need to address many of the negative comments people have raised about this film being to one sided/biased. To those people all I have to say is this, why the heck are you so shocked that a film entitled, Gods Not Dead, is Biased towards the existence of god, seriously its like if someone went to a Jewish cultural center and got angry that most of the people their were in favor of the state of Israel!

With that out of the way I genuinely enjoyed this film and the arguments it made while debating the existence of god, although I think one of the major problems of the film was how it constantly jumped around from various characters points of view as opposed to spending more time inside of the classroom. To put it simply, I wish that they had spent more time on the debate inside of the classroom as opposed to focusing on several of the periphery characters which, while interesting, lacked relevance to the central storyline of the film itself.

In conclusion, while the film is in no way perfect, I came out of the theater's intellectually satisfied and would recommend both this films, as well as the book of the same name which addresses other arguments for the existence of god, to anyone who is interested in this increasingly important discussion.

And in case anyone is interested on my own feelings on the matter, it could be summed up in the following statement.

"The more I study science the more I believe in God" - Dr. Albert Einstein
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2015
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This movie had approx 10 minutes of a class room debate that was interesting. Outside of that, the agenda in this movie is very clear. The acting is mediocre. If anything its very much a niche movie for Christians, like something you might watch in Sunday school and then discuss amongst a teenage audience. In terms of entertainment value do not waste your time.
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76 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2014
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Warning - Spoilers ahead.

This is a decent enough movie for most of its runtime and would normally have earned a 4 out of 5 from me. In case you do not already know, it is about a boy defending his Christian faith against a college professor who is an atheist and essentially wants to impose that view on his philosophy class. During the course of the movie, there are subplots involving others dealing with the struggles of their faith, or lack thereof.

What lowers the rating for me is the ending, where all the Christians of the story end up at a Christian rock concert, as if that is the end all be all of what it is to be a Christian. I believe a montage of video clips, depicting the various characters supporting each other and taking strength from their faith (some new found) while facing their difficulties (one dying from cancer, one abandoned by her family, one losing his fiance, and one death) would have been a much more touching and powerful ending. The concert was weak and superficial, with a bunch of text messages sent all over, that does not in any way capture the true value of the Faith. (In fact, one character is a new convert, newly expressing his desire to be a Christian, and the concert is the first place he is taken.)
It just seems to cheapen all the struggles experienced beforehand.
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264 of 363 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
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I took someone with me who is "not religious at all" and who did not expect to like the movie... he went for the popcorn and soda. He essentially thought, "It has superman and Kevin Sorbo, how bad could it be?" He not only watched it, he liked it. He said it wasn't preachy and the arguments in the classroom were interesting. So, well done, people.

I am waiting for the dvd to come out, and will purchase it as a gift for several families/individuals who are unlikely to have seen the movie. I also ordered the t-shirt, hat, and "bracelet", and cup. The last two items have been given as gifts already, one to a friend going through a challenge, and the other to someone entering a hospital.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2015
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A transparent and lazy attempt to make Christianity appear scientifically relevant. The film makers created non-christian characters who exhibited glaring character defects while making the Christians appear to be humble and incredibly balanced. Boring. They even took a cheap shot at the muslim faith, because making aetheists look bad isn't enough.
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44 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2014
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This is a terrible movie. The whole set-up is ridiculous, the arguments weak, the message transparent propaganda. Too bad, there's probably a good movie to be made in the clash between believers and scientific materialists. This sure isn't it.
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128 of 177 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
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Multiple plot lines winding together towards a satisfying conclusion is, to me, the best straightforward storytelling a movie can offer. This movie does that very well, and each character is interesting, if sometimes a little stereotypical. There is a strong Christian message, everyone should know that from the title, but it is not preachy in a eye-rolling or cheesy way. The diverse experiences of Americans, immigrants, and a diverse cross section of society portrayed in the movie, as they react to a "living" God is inspiring and thought provoking.
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59 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
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I was going to keep my silence, but cannot hold it any longer. My wife and I rented this movie and decided to watch it together after both kids were shown it at church camp and said they liked it. T-shirts were given out. This thing was really promoted. But I had a feeling about this movie. I hoped my suspicions were wrong. Many Christian films are lacking a but in production quality or have sappy acting and dialogue, but I can overlook much of this if there is a good story, a good moral. Some films are really quite excellent. My wife and I are both Christians, but after 20 minutes we had to shut this movie off. Neither of us could take it any longer. It represents much of what is terribly wrong with politically charged Christianity today. I went ahead and read what the rest of the plot is, no surprises... its not a journey I am willing to take when so much of the plot, dialogue, and characterizations amount to lies and straw-man arguments. Jesus said the truth will set you free. This movie does not uphold the truth so much as erode away at it, or heap so much bitterness and twisting of facts as to make it wholly un-palpable. It is basically a conglomeration of Facebook-style posts or email forwards you typically see from fundamentalists that tend to demonize non-believers, college professors, Muslims, etc., while picturing Christians as innocent and terribly persecuted. It does not seek understanding, It does not help those who want to follow Jesus be more like him, or follow His teachings... instead, it really violates some basic principles of the Gospel. It seeks to indoctrinate us for an imagined war that is being waged in the minds of ultra-conservatives and fear-mongers in the political arena. It seeks to divide and tells lies, in order to get Christians angry and politically motivated. No thank you.
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129 of 179 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2014
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Bus driver asked how christmas was. Said stayed home watching dvd andromeda. He never heard of it. Told him about it & said kevin sorbo at that he told me about this film which he just saw. Sounded good & i pre ordered it.
Just saw it. Wow. It hit home. I cried about amy cancer & has no one. Nov age 60 had just been diagnosed with myotonic dystropy. Cause of things & my heart have less than 10 yrs to live. Everybody left me. I have nobody. Went into the dumps.
Most important thing i got out of the film is-the reminder ive still got God & Jesus they are my strengh & will help me get through it. In dumps no more.
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