1. Jessica

    Hi Joel,

    Regarding the use of “believer” it is used quite a lot by those Christians wishing to distinguish themselves from the other lot of Christians who don’t believe. I know, it sounds crazy, right? It’s basically saying, “Yeah all those people you knew in high school who went to church but still led horrifically sinful lives, I’M not that. I believe what the Bible says AND I DO IT.” Looking at it from the outside in, it seems very much like how the Pharisees treated Jesus and his disciples. From the other side, though, there’s a huge sense of pride in knowing you’re a believer and they’re not.
    I suppose if this hockey player had run into a lot of girls who brushed off his advances and told him, “It’s because I’m a BELIEVER,” he could have said it – especially if he went to any type of a private, non-denominational/Reformed/Presbyterian college. :)

    You don’t ever talk to people about taking their place in the new world order?! I do all the time! That’s why I’m becoming Catholic! Join the newest trend that’s only 2000 years old! :)
    Okay, now I’m just being facetious…

  2. Tim

    I saw the movie and thought it was pretty good. I have seen many “Christian” movies and most are so cheesy that they are an embarrassment when taking friends. Not to get off topic, but until the making of Veggie Tales, Christian cartoons were a joke. Now I am not sure if I like all the ways that Bob the Cucumber and Larry the Tomato portray sacred scripture, but I have to accept that I am not the only person watching. Sometimes, I have to accept that something can still be good if it is not perfect.
    The debate about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin should serve as an example of Christians debating fine points while the world around us slides further into sin. The movie was not theologically precise nor was the science that great. The problem is that there are Catholics who fall on all points of the creation vs. evolution spectrum. Now I could argue who are the “real” Catholics are, but then we would be in the same place as we are on dozens of other issues like pro-life.
    The movie is done professionally and actually looks like a Hollywood movie. There are real movie stars doing the acting. That in itself is a major step forward. It also brings to light two major issues that are very relevant. The “sex can wait” movement is huge and growing in High schools and colleges. Just as important is the emphasis of hostility to Christians on college campuses. There is a culture war going on and Christian have been losing for decades. I think this movie and others like it are powerful tools to start discussions.
    How many movies and television series portray euthanasia from a Christian perspective? Has anyone seen House lately? This is not the greatest movie ever made. It may be shaky on theology and science. But it does suggest that we challenge the idea that faith and science are opposites and enemies. This is something the Holy Father has pointed out on several occasions.
    My recommendation is to go and enjoy the movie. Considering the other movies we see that are totally secular and put money into the hands of those pushing a negative world view, I think seeing this movie supports the fight in the culture war.

  3. Thanks for the review Joel.

    “The story takes a backseat to the agenda.” It’s unfortunate that so many Christian films do this. I wish it wasn’t the case. For a movie to truly make a dent and convince, it has to be the other way around. The story has to so captivate you that you’re drawn into it that, in the meantime, the message penetrates into your brain. All the great ones do that. Sometimes it’s even indirectly Christian but the themes are definitely there.

    Although, sometimes it’s fun to have an unabashedly, in-your-face Christian movie as well. ;-) But those won’t convince or attract non-Christians and get the message through. Presumably those are the ones you want to convince with something like that.

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