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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, inPresent-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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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Mar 23, 2014
    40
    The film has entertaining moments, but these are clearly secondary to its proselytizing intentions.
  2. 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: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    20
    Ban this sick filth.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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  2. Negative: 63 out of 124
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    10
    This was a great movie. good viewpoint on actual situations in present day. its funny how people say everything complex in the world came fromThis was a great movie. good viewpoint on actual situations in present day. its funny how people say everything complex in the world came from absolutely nothing. all of the miracles and wonders and agape love God has for all of mankind is amazing. I've witnessed lots of great stuff He has done in my life Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2014
    10
    Really Good movie, I was a blessing for me and my friends, I think the reason people like to give bad reviews is because the movie talks a lotReally Good movie, I was a blessing for me and my friends, I think the reason people like to give bad reviews is because the movie talks a lot about Jesus, which is a topic that not many people like. I hope this movie is a blessing for does that are willing to open their heart and understand that God is not dead, and that we all need Jesus to be saved. Expand
  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 beI 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. Aug 31, 2014
    3
    God's Not Dead may indeed satisfy strong Christians, but as a movie critic there are too many sub-plots/side-stories that (for the most part)God's Not Dead may indeed satisfy strong Christians, but as a movie critic there are too many sub-plots/side-stories that (for the most part) have nothing to do with the overall story and is filled with propaganda in which there's hardly anything to say about the Christian faith. As far as the unnecessary side characters, some are just horrible human beings. I can't even call one in particular a real character. It is filled with some of the worst blatant stereotypes in the history of mankind. It's also a product placement scheme for Newsboys and Duck Dynasty, which once again serve no purpose. I will give credit to Shane Harper (Josh) who gives a fine performance as well as the pastor and his friend. Even though they don't really have any to truly do with the movie as well, those two are literally the only characters that truly get the message around about God and the christian faith. And I actually kind of like them. Other than that, the movie is just a mess! I give it a D+! Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2015
    1
    It is titled "God's Not Dead", but at its core, it is basically only a commercial for Jesus. It was a war between the Bible and anIt is titled "God's Not Dead", but at its core, it is basically only a commercial for Jesus. It was a war between the Bible and an anti-theist. It talked little about other religions, the conflicts, the people killed in the name of god, in the name of religion and the wars belief in different gods had led to, not to mention the atheists discriminated by Christians for hundreds of years.

    It doesn't really play fair by talking about a different god, the "creator" of the universe, which is proven to exist in the movie and while there's the other one - the superior being in the sky who loves you. He will throw you in fire if you make into his naughty list but still loves you, which Atheists actually deny the existence of.

    Talking about misrepresentation, it featured a Muslim father beating his daughter and throwing her out of his house after trying to kill her for practicing Christianity. And THAT is the foundation of Atheism, there are some people who realize that it is senseless to divide, kill, torture, mistreat people on the basis of religion.

    "Atheists say that no one can prove the existence of God. They're right. But I say that no one can disprove that God exists." The most amusing quote of the movie. The sad part is that it summarizes the defense offered in the favor of God. The sadder part is that the vice versa could be said in the defense of Atheism.

    I decided to watch this movie after reading a positive review by a believer on Amazon, I wanted to see what the believers had in their defense and it was not strong. The movie itself was really biased, it extremely favored, not the theists but, the Christians. On its way to proving that God is not dead, it also proves that God does not do a damn thing.

    Would I recommend this movie to an extra-terrestrial alien trying to understand humans and their huge variety of gods to chose from? No.
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  6. Apr 26, 2015
    0
    Horrible misrepresentations of other religions and beliefs. This is shameful.It portrays atheists and muslim people as hateful, angry, stupidHorrible misrepresentations of other religions and beliefs. This is shameful.It portrays atheists and muslim people as hateful, angry, stupid people with absolutely no understanding of the universe. It made me sick that anyone would invest time in creating such a hateful film. Expand
  7. May 12, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I became interested in this movie after I came across its trailer. I do not support any religious view but I wanted to see a movie that would challenge me philosophically about the presence of a deity as it promised and basically the arguments in the movie is a disgrace to logic. There are too many unnecessary characters that do not contribute to the overall scenario and when the entire movie prepares you for a showdown of logic and fails you during the process, then it is hard to find to find something positive about this film.

    This is the film about a philosophy professor who turns out to be angry at the God whom he believes in and this professor has the logic of an 8 year old who does not even know the introductory philosophy like what "God is dead" stands for in context. I would literally have more information about both sides of the arguments under a Youtube comment section for controversial videos. I literally do not care about which side of the argument is supported during the entire movie but this movie is just purely stupid and useless when it fails to achieve what it promises.
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