Wonder Woman: When Gods Come of Age

What do Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Logan, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier all have in common? I mean, yes, besides the obvious details that they are all from the Marvel universe and they’re all entertaining films. They all brought in less money their first weekend than did Wonder Woman this past weekend, [Read More…]

Please Go See Arrival So I Can Talk About It

I’ve seen a lot of movies this year, and most of them promised far more than they delivered. Nowadays the trailers give away most of the key details, anyway, which makes the whole cinematic experience a bit of a disappointment. Not so with the movie Arrival. I did not know that I would love this [Read More…]

God’s Not Gay: SNL Parodies the Christian Persecution Fantasy

By now anyone who reads Godless in Dixie knows that Pure Flix and the God’s Not Dead franchise hold a special place in my heart. My first somewhat viral hit was a critique of the original movie, followed by another fairly well circulated post about how the sequel to the first movie played out in [Read More…]

The Plot of God’s Not Dead 2 in <300 Words

I know a lot of you don’t have time to read a 2,000 word essay about a movie you’ll never see anyway, so here is a much briefer summary of the latest evangelical Christian blockbuster: Plot Synopsis: A high school history teacher who identifies with the same religion as 86% of the rest of her [Read More…]

Live Tweeting My Way Through God’s Not Dead 2

I had the dubious privilege of previewing the second installment of the God’s Not Dead franchise last night in Pearl, Mississippi, and I decided to live tweet my way through the experience. I’m including those tweets here in case you’d like to witness the experience unfolding as I experienced it myself. My full review of [Read More…]

Persecute Me, Please: God’s Not Dead 2 and the Evangelical Lust for Victimhood

Evangelical Christians want to be persecuted. At some level, they need to be persecuted. It’s woven into their central narrative. It is a part of how they were taught to understand themselves. “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” —Jesus. “…that I may know [Read More…]

Groundhog Day: Finding Purpose Even If There’s No Tomorrow

February 2nd is upon us, which means it’s time once again to talk about one of my favorite movies of all time: Groundhog Day. Few movies have stimulated as much philosophical and theological debate as this one has.  There’s so much that could be said—and already has been said—about this movie.  About a decade after the movie’s release, [Read More…]

Into the Woods: A Closer Look at Our Scapegoats and Reviled Saviors

A year ago this past week I took my four daughters to see the Hollywood adaptation of Into the Woods, and coincidentally I found myself watching it again on DVD exactly one year later.  I’ve been meaning to write about it for some time because of a couple of key themes that stuck out to me, [Read More…]

The Sequel to God’s Not Dead Happened in My Classroom, But in Reverse

Given that the first installment of God’s Not Dead only took $2M to make but grossed $60M, Pure Flix Entertainment decided to bless the world with a second installment, due out on April Fool’s Day, rather uncreatively entitled God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive.  It takes place in Arkansas and centers around a fictitious teacher [Read More…]

Each of Us Has “A Beautiful Mind”

[In honor of the unfortunate passing of John and Alicia Nash, today I’m reposting my article about A Beautiful Mind and the way that it illustrates how we all struggle with our own beautiful minds, learning to separate fact from fiction.] Just because I self-identify as an atheist doesn’t mean I consider opposing all forms of religion [Read More…]