God is not dead: My thoughts


I hardly do movie reviews. It is hard to do that. It means talking about dressing, scenes and so on and you will be spared such sorry details.

There are bad movies and this is one of them. It starts as a philosophy lecture with the most bogus of philosophers one can ever think of. I don’t think it one can go below Jeffrey Radisson. He starts a philosophy lecture by

demanding that his students sign a declaration that “God is dead” to get a passing grade.

We have student Josh who tells the prof to take a rope and agrees to challenge the professor and show god is not dead. He is given a few minutes to present the case for god after every lecture. He makes the prof the prosecutor and starts his argument for god by bringing up the BB cosmology. When asked to respond to the question who created god, he commits a fallacy of special pleading to which the professor doesn’t respond. How would a professor of philosophy worth the name not point such out? The only thing the prof does is quote Hawking.

After this first debate, Radisson is  harassing Josh for showing he is a jackass. WTF! As a prof I would be happy if my students challenged me. Josh is booted by the girlfriend. Poor boy!

There is a foreign student who calls the father to seek his opinion on the matter. The father says if the professor says god is dead, then god is dead. Then we have the Muslim family and their daughter who is becoming Christian. You should watch to see what happens to her!

There are irrelevant scenes that pander to religion. They could have been omitted and still we would not miss them. For example the scene where we have Rev. David renting a car. Who cares really? Or the professor being shown the door by his religious girlfriend. Radisson is not only a horrible teacher, he is horrible in a relationship. What type of man makes fun of his girlfriend when he has invited members of faculty at his for dinner? Especially when the lady has taken her time to make the dinner. She should have left him sooner!

We have in the second debate the question of where life originates. And we get a small lecture in evolution. In his answer Josh tells us life is because god said life should be and the good professor just stands there dumbfounded like he is hearing all these for the first time.

In the last debate, we have Josh take us through the problem of evil and there is a real confrontation between him and Radisson. He tells his lecturer the class is not a philosophy lecture but a class in anti-theism. It would be hard to disagree. And we know Radisson is an atheist because he lost his mother when he was 12. Who wrote the script for this movie really?

As I said at the beginning, a worse movie on the atheism/theism debate could not be thought. A worse atheist philosopher could not be imagined than Radisson. The movie is not even fun to watch!

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

43 thoughts on “God is not dead: My thoughts

  1. Mordanicus says:

    Nice work so that we don’t need to waste our time watching this movie, thanks!

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  2. aguywithoutboxers says:

    My Nairobi brother, I had no intention of seeing this film based solely on the title. Now that I’ve read your perspective, I am even less inclined (if that’s even possible). Thanks for the caution!

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  3. john zande says:

    Christian apologists sure are fond of this Atheist Philosophy Professor character. He’s getting smacked down by good Christian students left right and center! There’s even a meme/wordplay floating around on FB where the “student” is a young Albert Einstein.

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    • makagutu says:

      The professor has been portrayed in such a bad light, I would not take his elective even if it wasn’t being graded at the end of the year!
      It is easy to see why they would love. Most times he sits there speechless and only antagonizes Josh without presenting any single thought of his own. Not a single thought from a philosophy professor! Did he study his philosophy at a Divinity college?

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  4. Howie says:

    Thanks for writing this review Noel. You’ve expressed a lot of the thoughts I have on it. I’ve only seen the trailer, and maybe someday if I’m bored I might watch the whole thing just because I’m curious to know a little more about what some theists think of atheists (and about how they feel they can dramatize that).

    The trailer and several reviews (including yours) tells me enough about the movie. The worst thing about it is that it perpetuates stereotypes (and it sounds like not just stereotypes of atheists). It also looks like it builds quite a strawman of the atheist viewpoint.

    The main myth of atheists that stands out to me is that somehow we really actually believe in God, but only say that we do not believe it because we have some hidden anger toward God. This ignores the many people that I know that would love it if there was some all good god watching over them, but just honestly don’t think it’s the case that gods exist.

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    • makagutu says:

      The main myth of atheists that stands out to me is that somehow we really actually believe in God, but only say that we do not believe it because we have some hidden anger toward God.

      This is how the professor is portrayed.

      The movie is built on a strawman atheist. You can’t beat them at creating strawmen though!

      ION, how have you been? Long time no see you. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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      • Howie says:

        Hey Noel! My family and I have been doing great – hope the same for you.

        Lately I’ve been wasting most of my blogging time reading threads on Nate’s blog which were dominated by 2 extremist Christians. Trying to catch up now on some of my other favorite blogs.

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        • makagutu says:

          We all are well, thanks.

          That blog post that has over 2K comments? All the best. I stopped reading the thread before they got to 400 mark. Sifting through those comments would require a sucker for punishment :D.

          Good to have you back.

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          • Howie says:

            And there’s 2 other posts to that “Kathy” series on Nate’s blog – all the comments added up to over 4500! I skipped over quite a few. Arch’s been hanging in there the whole time. I’m surprised he hasn’t gone crazy yet.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Arch’s been hanging in there the whole time. I’m surprised he hasn’t gone crazy yet” – Lemme ‘splain that one to you, Howie – as I’m sure Ark would be more than happy to do if he were here – when one begins at the Finish line, there’s nowhere to go.

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          • Howie says:

            That explains a lot Arch!

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          • makagutu says:

            What an explanation old buddy!

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          • makagutu says:

            Maybe he went crazy. I hardly see that old buddy of mine

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  5. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Interesting – I had no idea what the movie was about, but agreed with the title, as a non-existent entity cannot die, since it had never lived, and so shrugged it off.

    However, you said, “Who wrote the script for this movie really?” I can’t answer that specifically, you’d have to look to the credits for that, but I CAN tell you where it came from. In my last few years of researching religion, I’ve been on a number of websites, including som Christian ones, and there, I’ve several times run across a meme-like story circulating among some of them, about a Christian student who dumfounds an atheist professor. It’s obvious that someone took this concept, fleshed it out into a story, and conned some Christian group into sacrificing some money to produce it.

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    • makagutu says:

      I ignored the concert at the end and the credits. Maybe I should check it out.
      They have created a strawman of an atheist, you would not believe it. And the christian groups seem to have quite some money to spend on religious movies. It must sell a lot.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        the christian groups seem to have quite some money to spend on religious movies. It must sell a lot.” – not necessarily, if they channel the money through a corporate organization as an investment, they can write any losses off on their taxes.

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  6. The movie takes every atheist stereotype imaginable and throws it into one movie. It’s a Christian propaganda movie. Horrible from beginning to end.

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  7. fabryhistory says:

    You made a stupid movie sound hilarious – I almost want to watch it.

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  8. Sonel says:

    I must say, after watching the trailer I will only watch it to see Kevin Sorbo. Oh, he is such a hunk! *drool* 😆

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  9. Thanks for this. I’ll pass on this movie. It sounds insulting to the intelligence.

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    • makagutu says:

      It is insulting. It portrays universities as not places of learning but indoctrination, Muslim parents as unreasonable and atheists as horrible people to have in society. Only Christians pass the bar.

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  10. themodernidiot says:

    The fact that Kevin Sorbo’s in it shoulda been the first clue it sucked

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  11. Jackie (Lostinthot) says:

    ugh a definite pass on that one! Yeesh. That trailer was horrible.

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