Kevin Sorbo interviewed about his new movie, God’s Not Dead

Kevin Sorbo interviewed about his new movie, God’s Not Dead March 13, 2014

On March 21 the movie God’s Not Dead will be released to cinemas across the United States. On April 11 it will be on general release in the UK.  Having had the privilege of seeing a preview of the film I am very excited about it.  The premise of the movie is the interaction between a strongly atheist philospophy professor and a Christian student. It is professionally produced, and guaranteed to tug on the heart strings as well as provoke conversations.  Many churches in the USA are block booking seats and encouraging their congregations to bring their friends.

My new friend Rice Broock’s book by the same name inspired the movie, and in this video he is interviewing the lead actor, Kevin Sorbo.  For some he will be very familiar from the hit TV series, Hercules.


If you watch this video you will get a clear sense of the evangelistic passion that is the driving force behind this film. I also encourage you to watch the trailer, and think about ways you can get behind this.



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  • Dorfl

    (Hmm… I can’t adjust the volume on the embedded video. By opening it in a separate tab I can get them not to whisper though.)

    I realise this may come across as insulting, but this is something about Evangelical culture that I really want to understand.

    Basically: does this movie reflect how you perceive the outside world? Do Evangelicals tend to picture secular universities as places where bitter atheist professors will force students to deny their religion? (Unless, of course, a witness for Christ can make the professor face whichever trauma it was that made them lose faith in the first place).

    • Have you ever watched Richard Dawkins? Or read his books? Trust me the hostility to Christians from certain secular atheists is palpable and very real.

      • Dorfl

        I agree that Dawkins is hostile to Christianity. I haven’t seen him show much hostility to Christians, though. I think that’s an important distinction to make – disagreeing with somebody’s beliefs does not necessarily mean any hostility to that person. (I mean, why would he try to talk you out of your beliefs if he didn’t care about you?) For example, here you can see Dawkins have a perfectly civil and fruitful discussion with the bishop of Oxford:

        More importantly, imagine that you had taken a course in biology from Dawkins, do you think he would have brought up religion in class?

        This is what’s really puzzling me about the God’s not Dead trailer. I’m an atheist, and so are those few of my classmates I’ve discussed the subject with. But I don’t think any of us would actually bring up religion if we were holding a lecture on anything not directly related. (I’m not sure what a directly related subject in my field would even be.) Even if a student explicitly asked about it, I’d probably try to get off the subject as quickly as possible, to avoid the lecture being entirely derailed.

        But the trailer depicts the angry professor starting to rant about religion just a few seconds into class. I’m wondering if this is something that Evangelicals (you can’t speak for everyone of course, but I’m wondering about your personal impression) imagine normally happens at secular universities?

        ETA: clarification

        • Hi, this was a philosophy lecture. So, it is certainly a subject where the belief in God or not would come up. We don’t have religious universities in the UK as far as I know, so I can’t comment on the distinction, but I do remember feeling distinctly uncomfortable as a Christian in my Ethics classes.

          • Dorfl

            I’m sorry your ethics classes made you feel uncomfortable. I hope the lecturer did you try to pressure you into affirming any belief you did not agree with.

            If you have time to read it, one of your Patheos neighbours has written about how his atheism affects his philosophy classes – partly in response to the God’s not dead trailer:


            Dan can be a bit verbose sometimes, so the summary is “[…] my atheism is mostly irrelevant to it”.

            I hope my questions haven’t been offensive. It’s just that when I read things by Evangelicals, and members of other conservative branches of Christianity, they tend to share a fear of the outside world in general – and academia in particular – that I’m trying to understand where it comes from.

          • Andrew Irvine

            If your Christianity makes you uncomfortable in an ethics class, maybe it’s not the ethics part that’s wrong.

          • Deanjay1961

            If the professor didn’t make agreeing with him or her part of your grade, there is no comparison to the premise of this film…which is the internet rumor known as ‘the atheist professor and the Christian student’ made into a film. I wonder if anyone will tackle ‘Mr. Rogers was really a marine sniper!’ as a subject for a dramatic film.

      • Deanjay1961

        Criticism and hostility are not synonyms. The most common criticisms of Christians often boil down to being about them not being particularly Christ-like.

  • Donalbain

    With this and the (hopefully) upcoming Dark Dungeons film, it is a boom time for the fans of Chick Tracts who also like poorly acted films.

    • Deanjay1961

      About the only plus I’ll give the film is that Sorbo played his role competently. He played a goatee-stroking caricature of an evil atheist professor very smoothly.

  • Donalbain

    Spoiler: That student’s name was Albert Einstein!

  • Deanjay1961

    There have been very good Christian movies. This one (which might be more aptly titled: Everyone who is not a Christian is despicable) would be just as bad if it was a Christian professor versus an atheist student. Worse for me personally, as it would go down in history as being representative of what atheists think about everyone who isn’t an atheist.