This past weekend I watched God’s Not Dead with my mom. I didn’t know much about the film other than that my mom had been dying to see it since she heard about it. When I did find out what the movie was about, it’s needless to say I was very, very interested.
Synopsis (from the official movie website):
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.
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
After all, this is a huge debate between atheists and Christians, proving the existence of God. Now, while the main focus is on Josh proving to his professor and his class that God exists, we also see the story lines of a few of Josh’s classmates and others who have different views on faith. One thing I loved about the film is that for the majority of the film these other characters remain separate from Josh, but in the end, their subplots all tie together. Sure it’s been done before, plenty of times actually, but if the shoe fits…
I don’t really want to talk too much about what happens in the film since I don’t want to give it away, but what I can say about this film is that it was one of the most emotional films I’ve ever seen. Personally, I went through a variety of emotions in the 113 minutes the movie lasted for and at the end of it all I was crying for many different reasons. There were happy tears and sad tears.
Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one crying. As it turned out, my mom was crying during parts of the movie as well.
All in all, this is an amazing movie and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a really great movie to add to their “watch” list.
“You do not know ‘the feels’ until you see God’s Not Dead!”
2 thoughts on “God’s Not Dead [movie review]”
God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good. I liked the movie overall. I just don’t believe it’s our job to try and prove God exists. I actually wrote a blog post about this movie as well. Take a look if you want. http://chrismartinwrites.com/2014/08/19/i-liked-the-movie-gods-not-dead-well-sort-of-a-christians-perspective/
Honestly, I don’t believe that it’s our job either. I just stand by the aspect of the movie that when our faith is challenged we need to defend it :)
Thanks for reading and I will definitely go and read yours!