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Why I Am Thrilled About 'God's Not Dead' Impressive Box
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MARCH 24, 2014
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Article By Dianna Hobbs:: EEW MAGAZINE NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT

When I entered college, as a freshman, I enrolled in a philosophy course. For me, that was a big mistake!
Here’s why.

Before pursuing higher education, I had pretty much been a church girl all my life and was never really met
with any head-on challenges to my faith.

But my very first philosophy professor changed all that. He was an atheist and had no qualms about shooting
down my belief system.

One of the ideas he introduced to our class came from the mind of Rene Descartes, who was a creative
mathematician and natural philosopher.

The French thinker was quite fascinated with the idea of perception vs. truth.

It was Descartes who popularized the Latin phrase, “Cogito ergo sum,” which means, “I think therefore I am.”
I’ll spare you all the mumbo jumbo surrounding his philosophy and simply explain this aspect of his argument:
one’s ability to think, according to him, is, in and of itself, proof that a person, does, in fact, exist.
If you stopped thinking, you would cease to be.

From there, my anti-God collegiate instructor continued his quest to downplay the power of faith and play up
the power of reason.  

And you know what? For a while, it worked.

He had successfully confused me and introduced ambiguity in areas where I once had total clarity. My mind
was really twisted up, thanks to him.

But the constant challenges, counter-arguments, and manmade skepticisms pushed me toward a deeper
study of God’s word. It awakened a longing in my soul to intimately know the scriptures for myself.

That is when I became ravenous for the Bible. I closed myself up in my room for hours and read.

Thanks be to God, my time spent with the Lord paid off. He began showing me new things in scripture and
revealing Himself to me. The words leapt off the pages of the Bible and became living bread.
I was forever changed by the truth of God’s word.

So when I heard that the Pure Flix limited independent release of the movie God’s Not Dead—where a
Christian college student challenges his atheist professor—earned a surprisingly great $8.56 million on
opening weekend, I was thrilled.

Seen in 780 theaters, coming it at #5 at the box office, God’s Not Dead now remarkably ranks seventh in all-
time best openings for faith-based movies. It is the #1 best opening for a film premiering in fewer than 1,000
theaters.

Here is the plot.

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.

Due to the film’s success, its distributor Freestyle Releasing, is looking to expand the movie next weekend.
Some are predicting that word-of-mouth could help the film earn more than $30 million total—a large total in
light of the fact that many faith-based movies average a maximum $6 million.

If you hear about it playing in your neck of the woods, go see it.

Let Hollywood know God’s Not Dead and neither is the public’s love for Christ-focused entertainment.