God’s Not Dead 2: Electric Boogaloo

A friend emailed me a link to the trailer of a movie that falls right in line with God’s Not Dead. It’s called A Matter of Faith. It’s the story of a college freshman whose biology teacher is teaching about evolution, prompting her father to challenge the professor to a debate. And the professor is Harry Anderson, who played Judge Stone on Night Court.

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  • Alverant

    I have fond memories of Night Court. I fear this movie will be just as inaccurate and full of strawmen and misinformation as the other one.

  • http://boxingpythagoras.com/ Boxing Pythagoras

    First, straw men about God’s existence, in general.

    Next, straw men about Creationism.

    Here’s hoping that the next one on the block is about the King James Only movement!

  • brucegee1962

    Man, that picture could be the intro for a much better movie, about a young woman who learns to appreciate nature and the world from gorillas. That’s one I’d go to see.

  • dingojack

    Are they gonna run it as a double-feature with Inherit the Wind?

    Dingo

  • eric

    They do like their David and Goliath metastories, don’t they? I bet Joseph Cambell could’ve written a whole book on the Christian underdog motif.

    Or perhaps this is more like a revenge fantasy, given the fact that creationists have gotten trounced every time they’ve defended creationism in court cases.

    @1 – I am also sad that Anderson is contributing to this malarky. Night Court was awesome.

  • lofgren

    Thankfully this movie also reinforces traditional gender roles. The sweet, gullible young woman (“One of the cutest freshmen we’ve ever seen,” according to the trailer) is saved from the predatory intellectual by her salt-of-the-Earth daddy, who makes up in conviction what he lacks in information, intelligence, education, critical thinking, and curiosity.

    I also love the biology teacher turned preacher shouting, “I wasn’t going to teach those evolutionist lies! I’m out of the game!” Here’s hoping there’s a follow up where he sits in a darkened room and growls, “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in!”

  • lofgren

    I have fond memories of Night Court. I fear this movie will be just as inaccurate and full of strawmen and misinformation as the other one.

    I expect it will be just as accurate a portrayal of evolution as Night Court was of the US penal system.

  • scienceavenger

    Do they really think the overly dramatic background music is going to somehow make a debate so exciting? I kept waiting for bombs to fly through the windows or something.

  • bushrat

    @2 Boxing Pythagoras

    Third straw-man: evolution is the explanation for the origins of life. They still can’t even get that right.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “Ooookay.” ~ Bull Shannon

  • addiepray

    I thought Harry Anderson was a well regarded magician, too. Guess they can’t all be skeptics (assuming he participated because he believes in this film’s viewpoint, not because they paid him handsomely. Based on the production values, I’m going to guess the former)

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Ouch! Say it ain’t so, Harry!

  • Sastra

    Yes, girl students (coeds) can’t make their own arguments. Daddy does the intellectual stuff while girly worries about how this will effect her popularity.

    One other big difference between this movie and “God’s Not Dead” is that they’ve apparently made this professor a genial, likeable guy. Guess they figured out that not all Evilutionists can be known through their arrogant scowls.

  • busterggi

    But is Markie Post in it? I could watch it with the sound off.

  • cjcolucci

    What? No Mel Torme songs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    I like how the father refers to his daughter as “…my little girl.”

    I agreed with the dad when he said that the biology course should present biblical creationism as an alternate theory, just as long as their medical schools teach, in their OBGYN, the stork theory of where babies come from.

    We all know the cabbage patch theory is a lie from the depths of hell.

    Don’t we?

  • iknklast

    Yes, girl students (coeds) can’t make their own arguments. Daddy does the intellectual stuff while girly worries about how this will effect her popularity

    Maybe we need to make a movie where the (female) science professor totally takes Daddy apart when he comes in defending his jock son from hearing the horrible story of evolution. It would be more accurate. Of course, to be totally accurate, it would have to end with Daddy and Junior going off mumbling God said it, I believe it, that’s it, while the professor bangs her head against the wall because she knows she just wasted a couple of hours of her time that could have been better spent on her important research.

  • dingojack

    Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn.”

    St Augustine of Hippo. ,De Genesi ad litteram libri duodecim

    Dingo

    ——–

    (I have spent the better part of the last two hours finding this quote).

  • tbp1

    I was actually wondering recently what had happened to Harry Anderson. He seemed to have dropped off the face of the Earth after Dave’s World (a decent show, but no Night Court).

    Very few actors ever get to the place where they have total control over the roles they accept (and certainly as a musician I’ve taken gigs I’m not proud of), but I’m really sorry to see that he felt the need to take this one.

  • eric

    @14 – no, no, if you turn the sound off, you miss the glory that is Brent Spiner’s ‘hick’ character.

  • John Pieret

    addiepray @ 11

    I thought Harry Anderson was a well regarded magician, too.

    He was a “street magician” [cough, con-man] but very good at it and that was what first made him famous.

    But I can see how that would make him comfortable among the creationists …

  • Electric Shaman

    This movie seems good and Christiany and all, but I am waiting for the REAL sequel to 2014’s blockbuster hit. “God’s Not Dead 2: The Return of Zarathustra”

  • Childermass

    “I expect it will be just as accurate a portrayal of evolution as Night Court was of the US penal system.”

    I don’t.

  • http://reasondecrystallized.blogspot.com andrew

    “Life comes from life”, and somehow that disproves evolution, which is more or less a description of how populations change over time. At its core is the somewhat tautological statement that, given a population of replicators which can vary slightly between generations, the replicators which replicate best come to dominate. It rests on the assumption that a population of replicators exists, but granted that we observe many such populations it’s a fairly safe assumption.

    It’s not enough that we have to debate them on whether or not it’s true, we have to teach them what it is, and they refuse to listen to either.