Watch God's Not Dead
- 1 hr 53 min
God's Not Dead is a 2014 religious drama film directed by Harold Cronk and starring Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, and David A.R. White. The film focuses on the story of freshman college student Josh Wheaton (Harper) who finds himself in a heated debate with his philosophy professor, Dr. Radisson (Sorbo), about the existence of God. The movie begins on the first day of classes at Hadleigh University, a fictional university in Louisiana. Josh, a devout Christian, is excited to start his first day of college. However, he soon realizes that his philosophy class is being taught by an atheist professor, Dr. Radisson, who openly ridicules Josh's religious beliefs.
During the first class, Dr. Radisson asks the students to write "God is dead" on a piece of paper and sign it to pass the assignment successfully, which Josh refuses to do on the basis of his belief in God. Infuriated, the professor challenges Josh to prove the existence of God in a series of debates over the course of the semester, threatening to fail him if he refuses.
Josh accepts the challenge and seeks guidance from his pastor, Reverend Dave (White), and researches arguments for the existence of God. Along the way, Josh encounters various characters from different backgrounds who challenge his beliefs, including Muslim and Chinese students, as well as his own girlfriend, who is also taking Dr. Radisson's class.
Meanwhile, Dr. Radisson faces his own crisis of faith as he grapples with the recent death of his mother, which has left him feeling angry and bitter towards God. His storyline is interwoven with that of Josh's, underlining the theme of the movie, which is that faith and reason can coexist.
Complications ensue as the semester progresses, and the debates between Josh and Dr. Radisson escalate in intensity. As they present their arguments, both characters reveal their innermost demons and vulnerabilities, resulting in a heartfelt conclusion that provides a satisfying resolution for both characters and the audience.
The film's primary message is that God's existence can be proven through logic and reason and that faith and belief in a higher power are necessary in order to live a fulfilling life. It highlights the importance of standing up for one's beliefs, even when challenged, and the value of open-mindedness in accepting and understanding others' perspectives.
God's Not Dead employs a cast of widely recognized actors and actresses, including Sorbo from the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and White from the popular Christian film franchise, The Moment After. The film serves as a manifestation of the contemporary Christian story in terms of positive storytelling, interweaving Christian values and morals into the heart of its theme.
Overall, God's Not Dead is a thought-provoking and heartwarming story about the conflict between faith and reason and the importance of staying true to one's convictions. It is a film that can be universally enjoyed, regardless of one's religious affiliations, and serves as an encouragement for all those who struggle to reconcile their belief in God with the challenges of modern-day society.
God's Not Dead is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6 and a MetaScore of 16.