Josh Wheaton enrols in a Philosophy course at University. Noticing the cross he wears around his neck, the person enrolling him tells him he might want to rethink his course as he would be walking into a lion's den. Josh soon finds out what he means when he meets Professor Radisson. The Professor clearly believes God does NOT exist and in fact on the first day, gets the whole class to write on a piece of paper that GOD IS DEAD, sign it and hand it over to him. Josh cannot do this as it would mean denouncing his belief. To pass his Philosophy class the Professor has asked him to come up with an antithesis which will then be judged by the rest of the class.
Josh Wheaton's (Shane Harper) faith is put to the test. Image courtesy of God's not dead.com
This is a film about a debate as to whether God does or does not exist. In the mix there is the girlfriend, the Chinese classmate, the muslim girl, the reporter, the priest, the businessman and his sister adding to the storyline and guest stars Willie Robertson and his wife of Duck Dynasty reality t.v. show fame as themselves. There is also a performance by The Newsboys also playing themselves.
Being given an ultimatum. Image courtesy of elinkstoday.com
Josh must rise to the occasion and fight the fight for his beliefs in an environment that is clearly ruled by the Professor who calls himself the God of his Classroom where it is his class, his rules and his prerogatives. Josh is to give three 20 minute lectures to state his case and I thought he presented quite a thought provoking case.
To believe or not to believe. Image courtesy of IMBD.com
Religion is always a difficult subject to approach and some would say, like politics, should not be brought up at parties. This is no in-depth movie with huge substance matter but it was definitely watchable for me. I enjoyed all the different story lines branching out from a variety of situations and even shed a tear or two.
A thought provoking debate. Image courtesy of IMDB.com
I have to say its the best acting I have seen out of Kevin Sorbo of Hercules the TV series fame. He is believable as the angry Professor who is threatened by the new young student who might upstage him and responds in threats. 'Josh' is just a nice guy that strolls through the film doing his thing. Nothing of note that I could point out to say he's a terrific actor.
What do philosophers have in common? Image courtesy of IMDB.com
Perhaps for you it will stir up thoughts about how you feel about religion and God. If you find yourself at the movie it may mean you were interested enough to have the subject on your mind for the length of the movie. In this era where religion is not as important as it used to be to many or some, it may be time spent to ridicule the whole premise. Whatever the reason is you choose to see the film, it is good to know it is done out of 'free will'. I give it a pleasant enough 5 out of 10 and leave you with the trailer as well as a clip of the song 'God's not dead' by The Newsboys.
The Newsboys as themselves singing "God's not dead", Image courtesy of IMDB.com