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  • Summary: 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? Expand
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Mar 23, 2014
    40
    The film has entertaining moments, but these are clearly secondary to its proselytizing intentions.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 23, 2014
    38
    The pace is stumbling, the characters are broad, the makeup and the performances uneven, though Sorbo dives into his tactless, unethical indoctrinator role with Satanic glee.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mar 23, 2014
    20
    Even grading on a generous curve, this strident melodrama about the insidious efforts of America’s university system to silence true believers on campus is about as subtle as a stack of Bibles falling on your head.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 24, 2014
    16
    Even by the rather lax standards of the Christian film industry, God’s Not Dead is a disaster.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 28, 2014
    0
    Any just God would likely recoil from the ham-fisted and spurious defense put forth in this film.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 15 out of 37
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    10
    “God’s not Dead” is a great movie for anyone who wants to know the truth about Evolution, Atheism, God/Jesus and what each have to offer mankind. Evolution defined: Man making a monkey of himself. Atheism defined: A man who thinks he is a monkey and believes there is no God. The point of this movie is to show man the error of his way and the need for a Savior/God. There are 2 paths in this life: 1.) The straight and narrow path which leads to eternal life/Heaven through Jesus Christ. 2.) The crooked and broad path that leads to death/Hell through unbelief and rejection of Jesus the Christ. If you are tired of seeing movies with the one sided view that there is no God…man comes from monkeys…who evolved from some single celled organism or some green slime, then see this movie with an open heart and an ear to hear. You will be glad you did! The movie admission fee will be money well spent. Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I think everyone is reading waaaay into this thing. This movie is about a college kid, who in some cases don't even acknowledge God, who is being challenged by his teacher to prove Gods not dead. The teacher calls himself atheist because he said he "didn't think God existed" when in fact he did believe in God, he just hated him for taking his mom at an early age. Things like this can really happen.

    Also, not all philosophy teachers are like this. Even the guy at the beginning of the movie who was looking over the main characters schedule and saw that he had a cross necklace on told him that he'd suggest he pick ANOTHER TEACHER in the same dept. So no, I don't believe it makes philosophers look bad.

    Does this movie make atheist look bad? Probably, I'm obviously Christian but I've had a few discussions with atheist on facebook who say they don't even believe in God so how could they hate him. Well, yes since that's true it could make someone think all atheist are like that professor. That's why you have to go into the movie with an open mind, not criticise it. Yes I'm a Christian so yes I like it.

    The main gist was this: a kid stood up for what he believed in and proved to his teacher that Gods not dead and won his whole class over. This could happen anywhere. I think all the critics already have their mind made up that they don't like the movie only because they don't believe. And as for those who claim theyre Christian, you're reading too far. If you believe in God and Jesus Christ and have a relationship with him, he will provide. He will protect and he'll always be there.

    And I'm sorry for those who don't agree with me.
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  3. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    I came from Europe and I went to see this movie, which I thought is another American irrelevant movie, but I realize that this movie has to be seen by each one of us. Expand
  4. Mar 30, 2014
    5
    I give this movie a mixed (solid 5) review because it generally does nothing for either group: Christian theists or non-believers/skeptics.

    To the Christians: Congratulations, you have a movie which is unapologetic in its views. The problem is that anyone who is actually a fence sitter and does more than drool in a corner all day will move towards non-belief after a movie like this. The best way to change the minds of people involves something called "addressing their concerns". This movie does not do that. It basically presents non-believers as bitter, depressed people who have a priori an anti-God/Jesus/FSM agenda. So you may enjoy it to "rally the troops" but all it does is antagonize everyone else with a severe case of anti-intellectualism.

    To atheists/skeptics/agnostics: Okay, so you know that the movie is basically like Blizzcon for WoW fans: an unabashed celebration of something they love without mercy to the competition. And you have yet another checkmark on the list of terrible Christian movies out there that preach to the choir. But this is nothing new: the only risk here is more indoctrination of Sally and Johnny (8 and 10 respectively) who come to school with more bravado than ever...literally more willing to fight because it feels more like a 3 on 1 curbstomping. It does nothing to advance the discussion: it reverses it and revives old-school "Why do you hate God so much???" proselytizing.
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  5. Mar 29, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Minor spoilers. Unfortunately, this movie embarrasses the Christian faith and makes us look like idiots. The antagonizing of the professor was stupid and the arguments in the final debate were actually kind of weak. While they provide some reasons for the existence of a God, no atheist watching this movie is going to be convinced. Pray for them, no need to bash them. Disappointed that a movie like this was made. Expand
  6. Apr 15, 2014
    0
    Didn't even have to see it to understand what a ****stain it is. Read the description and was turned away IMMEDIATELY. mitchjpjr2...well can go **** himself. Expand
  7. Mar 23, 2014
    0
    This is a movie based on a fictional and debunked chain email. The movie portrays many different groups of people and other religions in a negative way. None of the basic and flawed arguments presented by the main character would be convincing to anybody with even the tiniest grasp of logic and reason or experience dealing with the subject and would be easily refuted by someone of the supposed caliber of the professor. If anybody has ever had a fantasy about humiliating a strawman vision of an "arrogant atheist professor" like the ones you read about in the chain emails, this is the movie for you. Just remember, the movie is fiction, try any of these arguments in real life at your own peril. Oh, and having the Duck Dynasty guy on there was just poor taste Expand

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