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Church produced film 'Courageous' lights up box office on opening weekend
Produced by a Georgia church, “Courageous” opened in the number four slot last weekend.
October 4th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

Church produced film 'Courageous' lights up box office on opening weekend

By Gabe LaMonica, CNN

(CNN)– A Baptist church in Albany, Georgia, is getting Hollywood's attention - the church, Sherwood Baptist, has developed a movie-production operation, and its latest offering opened last weekend as the Number Four top money-grossing film in the country.

The Christian-themed film, "Courageous," was developed in connection with TriStar, Sony, and Provident Films. It is meant to inspire fathers to not leave their families, to love their children, to not fail.

"Courageous," which opened in just 1,161 theaters this past weekend, depicts four police officers who share a commonality both as fathers and in their effort to become better ones. The movie and its characters, played by amateur actors and members of Sherwood Baptist are enveloped in various ways in a devastating tragedy.

According to boxoffice.com, which tracks movie response nationwide, put "Courageous" at the fourth position for the weekend with gross revenues of just over $9 million. The fifth- and sixth-place movies ("50/50" and "Dreamhouse") both opened at far more theaters but did not come close to the weekend box-office income of "Courageous."

"Courageous" takes on a timely topic - fatherhood.

The National Fatherhood Initiative, an organization dedicated to "educating and engaging fathers across the country," lists wide-ranging adverse affects that correlate to children growing up in fatherless households. Fatherless households are common in the United States, and there is no causal evidence linking fatherless households to increased suicide rates, incarcerations, aggression, behavioral disorders, delinquency, criminal activity, confused identities, low achievement, and criminal activity.

But the correlating evidence is so strong that in a country where the most recent census lists 24 million children - one in three - living apart from their biological fathers, it is remiss to discount it.

"No matter what your scenario is - you're single or married or whatnot - we want to really inspire and encourage men to see the value of their role as a dad," says Alex Kendrick, the co-writer, director, and actor who plays the character Adam Mitchell in "Courageous."

Kendrick, who co-writes with his brother Steven, says, "The reason we put it in a law enforcement setting was that, as you know, a motto from law enforcement is to serve and protect, and then we drew a correlation to what a father is supposed to do."

"We drew that correlation and said, 'Wouldn't it be interesting if we put this in the context of police officers who are also dads, and they may be heroic on the streets but it also takes courage to be a great dad - not just a good enough dad.'"

Ken Bevel, who plays Nathan Hayes, a sheriffs' deputy in the film, says that everyone has a dad and can relate to a fatherhood story. "We just pray that this movie resonates in the hearts of men and women and families across the globe," he says.

"If you go to Sherwood (Baptist Church) on any given day you will see a bunch of people that are in the movie," says Bevel, who played Kirk Cameron's fellow firefighter in "Fireproof," the last film from Sherwood Pictures.

"Our desire is not to become the next movie-making sensation or to make millions and millions of dollars at the box office," he says, "our desire is to see hearts changed and families touched."

Kendrick's character, Adam Mitchell, makes a general statement over grilled steaks to his fellow officers in the movie: "Half of the fathers in this country are already failing," he says, "and I don't want to be one of them."

The Christians at Sherwood Baptist Church, says Kendrick, "want especially men to walk out of the movie theater saying, "This movie makes me want to be a better dad and really a better man as a model and mentor to my children.'"

"You will see a difference and it will make a difference in our culture," he says.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Georgia • Movies • United States

soundoff (1,517 Responses)
  1. Peter Jackson

    I did not make this film.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • The Guy

      A wise decision to distance yourself, Peter.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  2. RM

    Congrats to Sherwood Baptist. Encouraging family unity is certainly a timely subject to include in film production. Hopefully the proceeds can be used to encourage outreach programs in the communities where fatherless homes are the norm. Big Bros/Big Sis and Mentor programs don't replace Fathers for these kids but sure to help fill in some of the gaps with positive role models....Hippy...get a life..a job...something that gives you purpose...cause your lame rants are nothing short of lame rants. Anything religious in nature is worthless in your mind...you got a lot of growing up to do.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Sid

      No, RM, anything religious actually pretty much is worthless.

      Some of us have the courage to live without god delusions.You apparently do not.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • UhYeaOk

      If you don't care for it then Sid why do you come to the religious section and post comments? Got a chip on your shoulder or are you just a natural born jerk? People like you are not well adjusted, you have hate in your heart and you enjoy spreading that hatred in any way you can. The very thing you need is the very thing you reject....

      October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • hippypoet

      oh and i have a full time job, a car, a house, a wife and 2 kids.... i just enjoy watching people like you show your ignorance by creating beliefs and them preaching like abraham- is that ok by you? 🙂

      October 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • sid two

      you can not prove God doesn't exists either – take your bet

      October 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Sid

      rufus, instead of thinking things through? You must be another of those stupid Christians. They are all stupid.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • CuriousChange

      Don't worry about the ignorant comments. It's amazing how athiest who claim to have a morality, are so hateful of something that in no way changes their life. It would be interesting to see their change of heart once they approach their final days. Most doctors will tell you they never have seen a athiest die.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • todd

      and yet, the christ eaters don't want to let gay people get married, or adopt children. Go figure.

      October 6, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  3. James

    These people are evil, how dare they suggest that anyone try to be a better father.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • hippypoet

      if any father does not try to be better everyday for his kids then he is not triing. unless thinks he be perfect, then by all means stop triing, your wasting your time being all perfect and all.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      Hippypoet has just discredited anything he has ever said by spelling the word trying as "triing" not only once, but TWICE! And that's the kind of atheist who claims to be so much more intelligent than the believer. Please educate youself and keep your thoughts to yourself dude, LOL.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Sid

      Alfonzo Muchanzo has just discredited anything he has ever said by omitting not one, but two, quotation marks, around the word "trying".

      And Alfonzo Muchanzo is a stupid, deluded coward.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • hippypoet

      @Alfonzo Muchanzo

      hate to break it to ya there alfonzo... but i care not for spelling, if my message is understood then the spelling of words correct is not really important. next time try to argue with an arguement, not just pointless insults.

      May the ALMIGHTY SUN shine light upon you.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • rufus

      Hippypoet also messed up "you're" by spelling it "your." Poor diction, grammar and spelling indicate poor thought processes. I'll go with Alfonzo,

      October 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Sid

      hippypoet, may you continue to be blessed by large bright orbs.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Sid

      rufus, you'd do that instead of thinking things through? You must be another of those weak, stupid Christians. They are all stupid.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • hippypoet

      so i got an f in english, your point? i can still think faster then you , i still know more about science and history then you..which none of those have much to do with spelling correctly. but hey neither does your god have to do with the reality we all live in. however my SUN has everything to do with everything! and by stating that one can't disprove your god is because a lack of evidence which by science would be a sign of non existence... but im sure you knew that.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • just sayin'

      Spelling words correct is not really important. Having a coherent sense of right and wrong is not really important. Having a belief system that requires accountability s not really important.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Jesus

      Taking kids to Church just exposes them to ignorance, hypocrisy, and lies. That's no way to raise a child!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Christian

      @HippyPoet – Is this really a problem that a church or group of Christians is trying to convey a message that encourages people (in this case, fathers) to be better people? Moreover, most of the Christians I know are giving, caring, individuals, who at least expend a goodly portion of their time, money and energy making their communities (and even outside their communities) a better place. This certainly doesn't discount those of non-faith that also donate and volunteer for the betterment of their communities, but the constant bashing of people of faith is really quite pathetic.

      Most go about their lives, attend church for positive reinforcement and some guidance, try to better the lives of those around them, and don't really feel the need to force their beliefs on others. That makes up a large majority of Christians (and people of other faith). Not quite sure how that is a bad thing that should make them a constant object of ridicule and derision.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • oceanswell

      James, assuming that was sarcasm...love it!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  4. Shannon

    As long as they don't try to push a political agenda, I have no problem with this. The film makes an excellent point.

    On the other hand, how anyone can think of having children in the mess Bush left us is beyond me. Sorry, I'm not going to bring kids into a world if I they can't have a better life than I did.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • W247

      Shannon – every movie has a political agenda or tries to influence society in some way. It's up to you to society to decide what they will tolerate or not.

      I would rather see a movie that tries to influence fathers to be better care-givers, then see a movie about teenagers sleeping around or people cheating on their spouses.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • majorsdad

      shannon.....not to date myself......lol....but a few years before i was born....this country faced nuclear apocalypse or so they were told....with the cuban missle crisis....the year i was born....the President of the United States was assasinated....vietnam was just really starting to unfold.....racial riots.. would also come a few years later....my dad once told me... "son ... when the world seems as if its falling apart...stop watching the news...and reading the paper.. for a week...and you may be surprised at how little your life changes.."..i mean think about it...

      October 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • UhYeaOk

      Please don't have kids, not because of the "mess Bush" left us in but because you appear to be stupid. We have plenty of stupid people in this country so please don't procreate.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Sid

      UhYeaOK, likewise, don't procreate. The world has enough of a dung beetle problem already.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  5. martinmunson

    Eva Mendes talked to us about her supporting role in this film at wickedimproper . com

    October 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  6. Richard S Kaiser

    Chuckles wrote on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm, stating, "Richard, Apart from your terrible prose you liken god as the wholeness of the celestial cosmos, being so big and vast it would near impossible, and yet in the bible its fairly simple for god to talk to people, send down pillars of fire, appear in bushes and even impregnate a woman with himself to he can be born into human form, I see no reason why now it would be a lot harder to show himself, right?"

    GOD, not God is the wholeness of the celestial cosmos and the Gods (not GOD) abound and do live within the atomic cosmos and it is from these Gods of the smaller cosmos where we and yes even the Gospel invoked "God" has ill-construed their namesaked understanding of the Gods. Did not the Son of GOD who was GOD's very first elemental god of unlimited elemental gods eventually and thru understanding of Jewish scripture become Christ Jesus?

    The GOD who was once named "Chaos" in Greek theology and is the vast oceanic seas of Nothingness, is also the Holy Spirit
    has many ebbing rivers and meandering streams and slow moving creeks originating from the Holy Spirit, this Nothingness who was once called Chaos. This oceanic seas and rivers and streams and creeks of Nothingness cannot be separated nor cut apart no matter how small they are upon their ever inward meanderings toward the smallest of things we call atoms.

    GOD's material being, The celestial cosmos of innumerable amounts of ubiverses, is ever being stretched outwardly and ever bearing new universes. GOD will one day thru eternity's time, give birth to a new earth and a new heaven made from the universes HE holds and does bring into existence. It may well take GOD an eternity to accomplish this but to a GOD who is eternal, what is Time?

    October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • hippypoet

      if your "god" is truly a "god" then it should be able to show itself in any one of many forms...your reponse goes here.
      let your ignorance be not your undoing, but your birth into the light of truth!
      May the Light of the ALL POWERFUL SUN show you the path of truth.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ hippiepoet,,, et al,,,

      Jer 31:35, "Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts [is] his name:"

      Notice well LORD and not Lord nor even lord.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Sorry but you're an idiot, if you can actually back that up with the bible where it says EXACTLY what you just wrote (I won't lie, I read enough to get a gist, considering you're a terrible writer, no matter how much jargon you use) then I might actually listen to what you have to say, until then its all just supposition in which you think you understand the god you've come up with while still reconciling all the science that you also believe is most likely true.

      Show me where in the bible you can actually state these facts with evidence to prove it and not just faith.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • xapns

      hippy poet,

      what makes you think the manifestation you ask for is not in front of you. Can a blind man see the sun? No, but it is still there. And if one tells a blind man what the sun looks like and that the warmth they are feeling is from such an object wouldn't the blind man think the other is utterly crazy? what makes you think you can see better than anyone else? Kinda like Plato's cave huh?

      October 5, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • RickBobby

      Time to refill the meds there roll-boy. Shake and bake!

      October 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Scott - other

      @ xapns: Did you actually read what hippy wrote? Is your god so stupid that he would “reveal” himself to a blind man as an apparition? I suppose your idiot god also reveals himself to the deaf as music too. Or is it that your god does not exist any you make excuses that he shows himself in exactly the way a person can not detect?

      October 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  7. MsMHS

    There comes a time when churches must step forward and say what is right - if it means making a movie to get the point across, then so be it. With the number of children in this country being raised without a dad present, this sounds like an excellent film for all men, young especially, to go and see. Who cares who made the film or who is in the movie? It has value - something most movies coming out of Hollywood do NOT have.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Given the vast amount of denominations who disagree on what is "right" – can you tells us which one is really, truly, actually right? I'm going to take a shot in the dark and guess that you'll tell us that yours is.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • W247

      How about this..

      Ephesians 5
      v25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Rumour

      What we have is less an epidemic of fathers leaving their children and more of an epidemic of women leaving their husbands and taking the children with them. 80% of all divorces are initiated by women. 90% of the time women get custody of the kids and the child support that comes with them. That means that 90% of the time dad is out in the cold whether he wants to or not.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • RickBobby

      @Rumor – those are some good made up facts. But statistics can be used to prove anything – 65% of all people know that. Shake and bake!

      October 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  8. Eric

    God chooses when to show Himself. You expect me to pick your imaginations over a being who is all powerful, all knowing, holy, and all loving? God plans on showing Himself to everyone when He returns to this planet in the future.

    'Tis sad to see such poor efforts at entertainment, though I suppose each believes that he is being quite witty.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • hippypoet

      your "god" stands for things correct? what are they? basically, tell me the laws that your "god" has given man.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Shannon

      Love God and love thy neighbor as yourself.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • hippypoet

      shannon, i can't love something that has done nothing for me, as i truly believe do onto others as you wish them to do onto you. respect is not given, it is earned! god being god as a basis for respect is bogus.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Shannon

      I'm sorry, was that supposed to be coherent?

      October 5, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  9. the TRUTH - Atheist - Theist

    If I browse atheist site – I don't mock your believe.

    By 2100 – when all of us in this forum die – we will know if God exists or not so take your side. – Pascal Wager – no more argument.

    If you are as smart as Pascal and you have published a book on atheist let me know – I will read it.

    But I think Pascal is much much smarter than you. He developed digital calculator when he was 18 years old, father of probability. You know probability right?

    In the next 100 years – Blaise Pascal will be remembered including his wager, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchen and you will not be remembered at all (Their atheist is base on 1960 books) . and I don't think you have achieve anything in this life yet. am i right or wrong?

    So if you are as smart as Pascal, please let me know. I will read your book on atheist subject – hopefully better than Christopher Hitchens books.

    O by the way, there is a chance you will die today when you drive in your car – according to Pascal probability – and you might know God exists or just a fairy tale.

    sincerely

    October 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Einstein, an atheist, is generally consider smarter than Pascal. Are you saying that you're smarter than Einstien?

      See what a ridiculous argument that is? One does not need to be smarter than Pascal in mathematics to see the gaping holes in his logic on this very specific subject.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Colin

      I trust English is your second, no make that your third, language.

      Mock atheism all you wish. I think you will pretty soon find yourself out of ammunition and left mocking the atheist – as you did repeatedly in your elegant, flowing and articulate post.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Reality

      The The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated version by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years) -first published in ~390 CE vs. Pascal's wager 1657 – 1658 CE

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      October 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Colin

      Reality – there is a story today on CNN about a bombing in Somalia – 30 dead – that you might like to add to your list of Muslim terrorist acts.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • the TRUTH - Atheist - Theist

      Think for your self:
      "God does not throw dice" – quote from Einstein.

      I don't want to hear argument from you, you are NOTHING just a LOSER.
      Your brother/sister is better than you. you are not rich as Bill Gates, You don't have as much as girlfriend as Hugh Heffner. Brad Pitt is more handsome than you Until you achieve something that you can boast! stop acting like a LOSER is NOT COOL.

      O by the way I'm MBA and employed (yes during this recession!!) and I believe I will have comfortable live compare to you for the next 100 years......

      October 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Reality

      Bill Gates is an atheist !!!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Jim P.

      Problem is, you assume the god you meet will be *your* god. This is the flaw in Pascal's Wager. There are more than 10,000 religions in human history, many with conflicting requirements for belief in their "god".

      If you do what pleases one "god", you may honk off another if that one turns out to be right.

      So Pascal's Wager is logically flawed and not worth the effort of finding out just which "god" you should be placating this week.

      A major falw in most christian apologetics is to start from the presumption that it's their god or no god. This is not convincing to those of us who lack belief in *any* god whatsoever. Maybe the One True God(tm) is Odin and we're all hosed come Ragnarok.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Wow, such hate and venom. You know nothing about me, and yet state that I'm nothing but a loser. How christian of you.

      Einstein made that quote about quantum mechanics, and later admitted he was wrong. The "god" he refences is nature – or the universe, as he himself said.

      How about this quote:
      -the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.

      or this:
      -I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.

      or this:
      -From a Jesuit viewpoint, I am an atheist

      That MBA clearly hasn't given you any common sense, but has clearly inflated your ego. btw i bill gates is an atheist. I'm guessing you're not as wealthy as him.

      You might want to do a little research next time before spouting off such lies and nonsense.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • the TRUTH - Atheist - Theist

      You are all don't get my point!!!

      You are puny human (That what Sheldon said if he pretend to become HULK – from Big Bag Theory) are NOTHING just a LOSER.

      iIf you have to deal with other HUMAN who has more power than you. If you are dog you would put your tail between your leg.

      but over the internet – you talk like you are the greatest (or if I may say – the greatest LOSER) Worse than Richard Dawkins who make million by selling his book to you (I read his book in PDF format – downloaded it for free from his foundation....)

      October 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      So, just to be clear, you spout lies, illogical statements and attempt to make claims that are in no way based on fact. And you call me the loser and state that I should have my tail between my legs. Right. Try again. Fail.

      Holy ego, batman!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • the TRUTH - Atheist - Theist

      That's why because I realize a lot of people better than me. It's easy for me to believe in God.

      I didn't said I'm Christian. I might be a Buddhism just like Steve Job (Apple founder)

      October 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • the TRUTH - Atheist - Theist

      ThinkForYourSelf again you are NOTHING just a LOSER.

      I don't care if you believe or NOT. see you in the next 100 years – we will know who is the right one.

      Sincerely
      Batman –

      FYI

      First Language -> German
      Second Language -> English
      Third Language -> French

      October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      So, I should be impressed because you know a few foriegn languages? I'm not. Clearly they didn't teach you logic in any of the classes you took.

      I love how you know nothing about me, yet like to call me a loser and claim that you're better than me.

      I take back the ego comments. Clearly you have a major inferiority complex if you feel that you need to put yourself above others, especially when you don't know anything about the people you're pathetically attempting to denigrate.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • the TRUTH - Atheist - Theist

      Schönen Dank

      October 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • the TRUTH - Atheist - Theist

      I'm no better than anybody that's why I believe in GOD. and for the record I never said that I'm better than you – I just pointing it out that most people better than you – why you upset – am i telling you the truth? – your are raise by single mother?

      It's never ending argument. like I say many time see you in the next 100 years – we will know if God exists or Not. Take your bet.

      God doesn't throw dice, baby – einstein!

      Danke – batman

      October 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Do you actually read what I wrote?

      Einstein's "god" in that quote i meant to represent the universe and its intrinsic properties. He was quote vocal that he did not believe is a personal god. That quote was also in response to the theory of quantum mechanics and later he recognized his position as untrue. Please stop spouting lies.

      and "most people are better than you"? Really? And you know this ... how?

      Loser.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • I'm tired arguing - have to work know - now go play your video games

      ThinkForyourself

      I read your post!!

      Einsten case – debatable. – see ex Hight Ranking Atheist – Anthony Flew

      http://www.bethinking.org/science-christianity/intermediate/flew-speaks-out-professor-antony-flew-reviews-the-god-delusion.htm

      Atheist as very high ranking believe in God – Anthony Flew.

      OK Stop this nonsense – I won't stop believing – you will never believe – See you next 100 years – we will know the truth.

      uh.uh.uh – fyi – you might die while you are driving your car today – hopefully you will know the truth ASAP

      batman

      October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Hasa Diga Eebowai

      You do know einstein was a deist jew... so you have different gods, if einstein even believed in yaweh. BTW your and idiot, coming from a published PhD

      October 5, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Scott - other

      I think someone has had a wee bit too much to drink.

      October 7, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  10. hippypoet

    Richard S Kaiser

    Tell me then, How can "my" GOD whose body is the wholeness of the Celestial Cosmos, truly show HIS Face when HE is so huge and vast, we are likened to being but a speck within a speck within a speck?

    my answer – if your "god" is truly a "god" then it should be able to show itself in any one of many forms...your reponse goes here.

    May the Light of the ALL POWERFUL SUN show you the path of truth.

    than another answer given by Chuckles – Richard

    Apart from your terrible prose you liken god as the wholeness of the celestial cosmos, being so big and vast it would near impossible, and yet in the bible its fairly simple for god to talk to people, send down pillars of fire, appear in bushes and even impregnate a woman with himself to he can be born into human form, I see no reason why now it would be a lot harder to show himself, right?

    now i ask wheres your reponse mr. Kaiser???

    October 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • UhYeaOk

      You have no clue what your talking about....

      October 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • rufus

      @uhyeaok: unfortunately, you're an idiot, too. Note the apostrophe in "you're." Watch and learn.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  11. mj

    why hasn't Sherwood Baptist lost their non-profit status? church expansion into politics, motion pictures etc. should subject the church to taxation, real estate and otherwise.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Do you even know what you are asking for? First look up what tax breaks are given to churches. Then try and draw the connections between property and movie production.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Eric

      Unbelievable. The church ought to lose tax exempt status simply because a group of its members have chosen to develop a movie studio in order to produce Christian movies? Why not do more research before flinging out allegations of law-breaking and wrong-doing? That is what you are engaging in by mentioning things like real estate, taxes, and exempt status. I applaud them for being courageous enough to step out in faith and produce these movies which address social problems that are prevalent all across American culture.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Lance

      Revenue =/= profit.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  12. Nogod

    There is nothing worse than fundamentalists christians pushing the god propaganda down your throat.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Samantha

      As opposed to lefty non-Christians pushing their immoral propoganda down people's throats?

      October 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • GOD

      I created atheists to show my fundamental followers that it does not take my lead to be a moral human. Hating atheists is pretty much against my teachings anyway. But hey, it’s not like I expect you to get it. My son even hated Samaritans.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      "immoral propoganda"

      -care to give an example? Bonus points if you don't use an ancient text of highly questionable morals to defend your position but actually give evidence for how this supposed immoral propaganda negatively affects others.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • W247

      How about looking at some of the other movies that are out there IE: "Friends with Benefits", "Bachelor party (1 and 2)" etc etc etc etc.

      Great moral examples.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • bhall

      No one said you had to watch it. Don't go if you feel so threatened.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • W247

      god:

      First of all – you are incorrect on all of those statements.

      Jesus did not hate Samaritans – please read about the Women at the Well.
      Who said anything about hating Atheist? If anything God ( not you my friend) tells us to Love them.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • craig hampton

      Certainly no one is forcing you to go to the movie theatre, Are they? free will.l

      October 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Bombers100

      Are they really pushing there beliefs on you? It's either you choose to see the movie or not. Just like any of the Friday the 13th movies, if you like it you'll go see it, if not you won't

      October 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • GOD

      W247 is an R-tard and I'm sorry I created him.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  13. Bible Clown

    Hank Williams jr needs to go see this, since his dad failed to teach him any good sense. He compared Obama to Hitler, and if you think about it neither Hank, Hitler or Obama had a father figure in their lives, and both Hitler and Obama made their own way while Hank is a highly-paid Hank Williams imitator. It really makes you think, but not for long because it's as crazy as that stuff Richard S Kaiser writes.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Lance

      ...and I am absolutely positive that you had this same angst when Bush was compared to Hitler, too.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • RickBobby

      @Lance – probably not. Then again that was more accurate.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  14. GOD

    I DEMAND MORE MOVIES ABOUT ME!

    October 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Zeus

      Hey, its about time I get a movie. Everybody ignores me.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Oden

      You get ignored? Seriously?! All I got was that crummy Thor flick, which had far too many rainbows in it for my taste!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Ninurta

      Hey, nobody even knows who I am! I got a stone carving a few thousand years ago and nothing since! Rediculous!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • GOD

      Well, at least you guys have computers. I had to use one in a coffee shop and my son had to show me how!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • BRC

      Pipe down Zeus (Clash of the Ttans (twice), Hecules, Bunch of old monster movies), you're successfully represented.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Ometotchtli

      Whiners. Zues – Clash of the Ti tans came out not that long ago. When was the last time you saw a movie about a drunken rabbit god, huh. I get no respect.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Eru Ilúvatar

      Apparently I'm better than all of you. The three movies about my creations were huge box office success, each winning multiple academy awards. This proves that I'm better than all other gods.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Zeus

      You guys are right. I just really hate it when God steals my thunder.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Peter Jackson

      I no way intended for Eru Ilúvatar to get a big head after I made LOTR. Sorry everybody. The guy had stage fright, if you must know.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Eru Ilúvatar

      @Peter -admit it, you're just jealous. You knew I would steal your thunder and just couldn't handle it.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Peter Jackson

      My films won 11 Academy Awards. You did not direct, write, make any special effects, have a cameo or even show up for the after party. You never had any thunder!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • The Flying Spaghetti Monster

      Pfft... I believe Michael Bay should make my film. People would be touched by both my noodly appendages... and BAY-SPLOSIONS!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Cthulhu

      Ia! Ia!! We Big Guys need to do a team-up flick. Like the Avengers. Or that Stallone movie with all the senior citizen action heroes. We're GODS, we SHOULD be able to at LEAST turn out a low-budget action movie. Imagine the a s s we could kick.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • W247

      LOL You guys are cracking me up!!!! This is funny!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  15. godmyfirst love

    It is so sad to see negative comments on moral father values on raising children. but it is also that person free will and choice to suffer and choose to be lost. It just proves that we need more good Fathers to raise kids up right, before they turn into spoiled adults who are lost.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Norbert the Dragon Puncher

      I'm 7 years old! When I grow up, i'm going to have an army of children, and I will raise them to be moral athiests!

      October 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  16. Norbert the Dragon Puncher

    JESUS EATS FRENCH FRIES AND HATES AMERICA!

    October 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Sequally the Dragon Felcher

      More like, god eats french fries and then out comes America in his, err, output.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    to all ignorant people (there are a lot of you)

    May the Light of the ALL POWERFUL SUN show you the path of truth.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Norbert the Dragon Puncher

      My IPod melted in my car on a sunny day. I blame your god. Stupid Sun God!

      October 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i would blame the idiot who left it in the car.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Norbert the Dragon Puncher

      HOW DARE YOU BLAME NORBERT THE DRAGON PUNCHER! See if he punches dragons on your behalf any time soon!

      October 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  18. The Jackdaw

    There seem to be a lot of fantasy movies out this season.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      A movie promoting fathers to raise their children is fantasy? I guess a movie about cheaters, murders and r@pists is more up your alley?

      October 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Fathers are fictional characters in the modern western society.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • W247

      "..fathers are fictional characters in western society..."

      I would agree with this statement. That is why there is a movie out there trying to bring fathers back as "real people" in western society...

      October 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      I hadn't realized that I was fictional. You learn something new everyday I guess

      October 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Richard S. Kaiser

    I get paroxysims of hydroponically saturated pleasure from my word generating self induced progammatical inducements. The superlative contrarian negativity is abundantly resourceful to the extreme in the decadent longitudes whereupon the lateral bicubits stand tall. Aboriginal rights must may homage to the internal solitude of the political spectrum, or else the harmonic potential will frustrate the central retinal comma. In turn, we all must seek such diligent carrots in the transient fields of the ionosphere where radio silence is denied. Forthwith, we seek to penetrate the intricate domains evermore challenging the status quo with our preminence as we contravene the porcine ratatouille.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Prolix prattle aborts intent to plebs.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Forgive my "evil twin" for prothelyzing and bemandering the wayfarednesses of civilities abnivorious oxerisms protrusionments. He is but a fruitless and baroned enclaverous bemittled excromagnum that, like me does exclamorate and befuddles witticism and parlored sanctimoaniums. Be a peaceful technocrat evil twin. 🙂

      October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Are you RACTER's little brother?

      October 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  20. hippypoet

    have no fear, fake gods can't hurt you nor tell you what to do. the only provider of life and all energies that make up life on this planet is , THE ALMIGHTY SUN! no earthly man nor man's creation can take away from fact! try doing anything you think is true according to your bible. just try it. ever ask yourself why water into wine when water is the puriest thing on the planet – BECAUSE THE MAN HAS EARTHLY APPEITES! May the Light of the ALL POWERFUL SUN show you the path of truth.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      lol you look rather foolish.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • hippypoet

      rather i appear foolish instead of live the fool.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      The sun answers my prayers at the same 50/50 rate as God did, so I see no big difference.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      Good one hippy, got me there.

      @jackdaw – So you're an atheist but you pray? Also, God does answer prayers, just probably not the way you'd like and also, often times his answer is no.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      I pray that he says no to other people's prayers.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Egyptonian Sun God? Or some otherly paganistically enamoured one? Maybe one of Hedonism? My GOD is the fullness of all that is Heavenly. More than just one universe but untold numbers of universes does my GOD's body encompass. makes you "sun-god" seem like but a small fry,,,, 🙂

      October 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • hippypoet

      no praying is needed, as my GOD will answer you at the exact same amount any and all other "gods" do, NONE! MINE IS A FREAKING SUN, A STAR, A BURNING BALL OF GAS... but yet without it we all die, so inshort – we owe our existence to our SUN, the ALMIGHTY SUN, the only true provider of life.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • hippypoet

      yours is a creation of man, so everything you just said can't be proven, mine can! making mine the true and only thing that gives anything, your god hasn't even shown its face in over 2000 years.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Tell me then, How can "my" GOD whose body is the wholeness of the Celestial Cosmos, truly show HIS Face when HE is so huge and vast, we are likened to being but a speck within a speck within a speck?

      October 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • hippypoet

      if your "god" is truly a "god" then it should be able to show itself in any one of many forms...your reponse goes here. 🙂

      May the Light of the ALL POWERFUL SUN show you the path of truth.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Richard

      Apart from your terrible prose you liken god as the wholeness of the celestial cosmos, being so big and vast it would near impossible, and yet in the bible its fairly simple for god to talk to people, send down pillars of fire, appear in bushes and even impregnate a woman with himself to he can be born into human form, I see no reason why now it would be a lot harder to show himself, right?

      October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      My god is a little old lady who lives in a nice house and has a cat and never has to worry or want, and her name is My Wife Fifty Years From Now. All my money and effort goes to that.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
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