Gods Not Dead

Theatrical Release: March 21, 2014
DVD Release: August 5, 2014
Gods Not Dead
Dove "Faith-Friendly"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

Limited Theatrical Release – 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.

Dove Review

This is a powerful film. Kevin Sorbo turns in a brilliant performance as a Philosophy professor who starts his new class by insisting that his students sign a paper stating “God is dead”. One student, named Josh, refuses to do so and Professor Jeffery (Sorbo) tells him he must debate the topic that God is dead and give convincing evidence that he is not. Josh accepts the challenge and the viewer later learns why Professor Jeffery has been bitter at God for a long time. It should be noted that the professor’s girlfriend is a Christian but he just can’t seem to outrun God.

Other plots involve a man named Mark (Dean Cain) who is self absorbed and doesn’t care when he learns his girlfriend has cancer. He ignores his elderly mother too who has dementia and is in a nursing home. This compelling movie features the Newsboys who minister to the woman with cancer and a providential moment when Pastor Dave (David A.R. White) has an opportunity to minister to a certain college professor. In addition, a woman lives for Jesus despite the fact her father belongs to another religion and will reject her if she doesn’t reject Christ. We are happy to award this movie our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. This movie is a powerful tool to remind every viewer: God is certainly not dead!

Theater Listing

Content Description

Sex: Girl kisses young man on cheek.
Language: None
Violence: A man is hit by a car; a man strikes his daughter twice when he learns she has become a Christian and he carries her outside of his house and leaves her there.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Girls seen in shorts.
Other: A woman's car is broken into (broken glass is seen) and her GPS has been stolen; a Philosophy professor insists that God never existed; talk in class of Darwin and his theory of evolution; a woman learns she has cancer and she cries; a main character dies.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: PureFlix
Writer: Cary Solomon, Chuck Konzelman
Director: Harold Cronk
Producer: Elizabeth Travis, David A.R. White, Anna Zielinski, Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, Dean Cain