‘God’s Not Dead’ Opening Doors For More Faith-Based Films

Faith-based films have experienced a boom in audience and finance this past year. With films like Son of God and Heaven is For Real, their presence has amassed millions of dollars, attracting people of various faiths as well as non-believers.

God's Not Dead DVD

Faith-based films have experienced a boom in audience and finance this past year. With films like Son of God and Heaven is For Real, their presence has amassed millions of dollars, attracting people of various faiths as well as non-believers.

One of the hit films, 'God’s Not Dead,' is the number one independent film of the year and brought in $60 million at the box office this spring.

With almost 4 million likes on Facebook, droves of people have gone to see the film and are now purchasing it on DVD, released August 5.

A young college student, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper), goes tête-à-tête with his philosophy teacher, Professor Jeffrey Radisson (played by Kevin Sorbo) after refusing to sign a statement in class, saying “God is dead.” In turn, Professor Radisson challenges him to defend his belief, giving him three classes to state his case that “God’s not dead,” with his classmates as the jury.

Other sub-plots - a Muslim college student converts to Christianity but hides it from her father, a young businessman refuses to see his ailing mother and leaves his girlfriend after discovering she has cancer, just to name a few – builds the story but supports the same message of hope and faith.

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David A.R. White, who plays the jaded Pastor Dave, is also the co-founder of Pure Flix Entertainment, a film company that produces hundreds of faith-based films, including 'God’s Not Dead.' He spoke with Beliefnet on the positive responses he’s received from the film and talked about the future of movies in the faith-based genre.

“These films are about redemption, forgiveness, hope, and inspiration. Hopefully we leave people inspired by their faith, and encouraged in their faith. Critics can say that they’re similar (with themes), but it’s been an exciting time to see this genre open up and become a marketable genre,” David says.

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