by Matt Slick
Before I went to see the movie God's Not Dead, I read some reviews written by atheists. They were full of condemnation, mockery, and various accusations of stereotypical, unrealistic depictions of atheists, Muslims, etc. Yes, there were some stereotypical representations but that did not negate the truth of many things that were said. Sure, the main atheist professor was highly antagonistic to the Christian faith--maybe too much. But, I personally have experienced this kind of thing when I was in Junior College and was trying to petition getting into a philosophy class. Completely unprovoked, the professor stated that one of the things we would learn in the class was why the Bible was not true. When I challenged him on this, it did not go well . . . for him. Afterwards, he would not sign my petition and let me in the class. He told me that he didn't have enough room. I left and turned around and watched as he signed the petitions of other students. The Christian faith was again attacked in a later philosophy class that I got into, in art class, and even in a history class--all unprovoked. Indeed, the secular college environment is very hostile to the Christian faith--at least according to my experience and much of the experiences I've heard about from other people. But, to the movie.
The plot was simple. A college freshman, who was a Christian, refused to sign a paper saying that "God is dead." Prof. Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) was antagonistic and even mocking as he condemned Christianity. What followed was an arrangement by the professor and the Christian student, named Josh (Shane Harper) where Josh was allowed to present his arguments for the existence of God. The class at the end decided with Josh's arguments. There was an additional subplot of a Muslim woman who was working in the school cafeteria. When her father found out that she was secretly a Christian, he kicked her out of the house. But, he did so with great pain and suffering. Though Islam does teach such hostility to those who give up Islam and become Christian, the Muslim father clearly showed great pain in doing what he thought was right before his god. He was not presented as some heartless, mean ogre.
There was another subplot of a pastor and his friend and a series of cars that wouldn't start. Of course, in God's sovereignty they both ended up at the right place at the right time for a climactic ending with one of the main characters. You'll have to see the movie to see what happens.
Finally, this was the first Christian-based movie that I've seen where the quality of acting did not detract from the movie. The plot was a bit predictable, but I didn't mind. Should you go see it? Yes. Go support Christian-based movies and definitely see this one.