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Monday, February 10, 2014

Godís Not Dead, the movie

By Janey DeMeo
Special to ASSIST News Service

VISTA, CA (ANS) -- When a college philosophy professor mandates that his students each sign a paper stating, ďGod is dead,Ē what is a Christian freshman to do? Godís Not Dead (produced by Pureflix) tells the story of how God uses one young manís effort to defend His Christian faith before his entire Philosophy class.

A key scene from the film

Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) was warned that the Philosophy class he enrolled in would target his faith, but he has no idea just how tough it will be. Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) not only wants everyone to agree that God is dead, but he also sets out to humiliate anyone in his class who dares believe in God. Josh Wheaton dares. He is unwilling to compromise his faith. Not for a higher grade. Not even to appease his girlfriend.

In spite of a coy demeanor, Josh relentlessly accepts his professorís daunting and derisive invitation to prove to the entire class that God is not dead.

Josh Wheaton plays the part of apologist and inadvertently finds himself being used by God not only to confront the biased claims of an arrogant college professor but also as a voice of reason to fellow students from different countries and cultures who would hear the Gospel presented in a well-researched and intelligent manner.

Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo)
in a clip from the movie

A Muslim girl, a young Chinese man, a backslidden believer, a pastor wanting his life to mean more, a manipulative girlfriend, an arrogant professorÖall are affected by Josh Wheatonís humble response to Godís call.

The powerful message in Godís Not Dead is further enriched by special appearances by the Newsboys and ďDuck DynastyísĒ Willie and Korie Robertson add to the relevant message as well as the pure entertainment of Godís Not Dead.

On the down side, some of the actingóor maybe the problem is the lines in the screenplay rather than the actingó is overstated. In fact, a few scenarios seem redundant and silly (such as the pastorís car not starting and then the rental cars doing the same thing). Joshís girlfriend, for example, is just too bossy to be believable. Still, the movieís well worth seeing. And well worth bringing people to, especially if they have questions about God.

Godís Not Dead will be out in theaters on March 21st, Look for a theater near you and find out more about Godís Not Dead here:

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Janey DeMeo is founder and director of Orphans First -- a nonprofit organization helping suffering children around the world. She is also an author and speaker. Her husband, Louis, is a church-planter, mentor and pastor. They were formerly missionaries to France for 22 years and also worked in developing countries. They are now based in Southern California where they continue their ministry mentoring people to walk closer to Jesus. They both taught at the Calvary Chapel Bible College. For more information, please check out:

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