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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. rsandifer

    With so many negative movies out there it is great to see something uplifting for a change.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  2. hater from the equater

    Mark

    I think they would want them to go to heaven when they die. I do not think they want them to just die. That would be very couter productive in saving their souls.

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

      Of course, you as.sume that we have souls. No evidence of such, nor any evidence of a heaven, Valhalla, Nirvana, etc.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • hater from the equater

      Think

      So if somethink can not be proven you are saying that it is not probable. That is not how science works, but if you say so, I guess I will just start believing you. Nah God bless your soul.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Science needs falsifiable hypothesis. That's how science works. You're as.sumptions lack that.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  3. Tiffany

    Wow...look at all the disrespectful, and idiotic comments posted. Yeah, it's clear our society has it all together and we don't need any direction in your life...because obviously we have no problem with men being father's in this country, and anyone can see that not only did we create ourselves but the world, and the universe also, right? And a moral compass to guide society,who needs that?! Get over yourselves, when more people than not beleived in God, when more people than not had morals and went to church, we were better off as a society than we are now...dare to beleive in something bigger than yourself, and dare to be different, dare to have morals and standards.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • yeahalright

      More people than not believe in god right now...so you kind of don't have a point, savvy?

      October 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • The Forager

      Belief in a deity makes a person less moral.

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

      Tiffany

      I don't mean to offend and I mean this with the utmost respect: You are an idiot and should probably scrap your education and start from scratch, because something clearly went wrong. Please seek help or maybe retribution from the clearly criminal act that was your education.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • when

      Excellent points! Your post falls on a lot of deaf ears but even if it just helps one decide to think for themselves and explore how we really got here, it's worth it.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @when

      you might want to think about filing a class action with Tiffany if you think she made even a modic.um of sense.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Alfonzo Muchanzo

      Nice post Tiffany. Don't worry about all the negative responses, that's to be expected. God bless 🙂

      October 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Alphonso

      Hop on to the class action, apparently you all feel that even though our country is experiencing a decline in crime, it was better back then, that being an atheist and believing in evolution, or the big bang automatically means that we believe we somehow created ourselves (look around at all the robots by the way, I asked a couple to build themselves and turn themselves on, how nifty!). And the moral compass thing! Since christianity apparently somehow got a monoploy on decreeing what is and isn't moral and there weren't such things as morals before 2,000 years ago.

      We all now that just 50 years ago life was so grand, except for black people, gay people, women, foreigners, immigrants, really just everyone except for everyone.

      Also atheist don't believe in something bigger than themselves, except the universe and stars and galaxies and what not, that clearly fits into the huge egos we all have.

      Tiffany, when, Alphonso and really anyone else who thinks that Tiffany actually makes a valid point, please go back to your old schools and demand your money back, if you were homeschooled, then maybe give your parents a good stern talking to because you clearly have no learned the skill of critical thinking, looking up facts, or generally understanding the world around you in anyway.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Tiffany

      @yeahalright...clearly I do have a point, what’s yours, other than pointing out you’re an idiot, btw way who’s savvy?...@ The Forager …oh never mind…and @ Chuckles I see where you got your nickname from you’re clearly a joke ….and where can I presume you received your education from…hmm , let me guess the school of hard knocks…who said anything about a law suit…oh wait you did, you’re so funny…what are you talking about and @ when, thank you…clearly these other bored people’s comments your prove the excellent point you made 😮 ).

      October 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      "we were better off as a society than we are now." Give me a break. Do you mean the Salem Witch Trials, or the Trail of Tears, or George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door against a little black girl? We were never any better than we are now. Things are better now because preachers can't have you burned at the stake for heresy.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Tiffany

      @Chuckles....there you go again, you'r so funny...so let me get this straight you think that anyone who beleives in God cannot also be formally and properly educated....you're the one that needs to go back to your school and ask for a refund if you think that, you clearly got ripped off, btw way...what's with all the bitterness and hatred? Finally, what planet do you live on ,that you beleive crime is going down, maybe we can all move there?

      October 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Tiffany

      Planet earth, and yourself? Look at the stats and then get back to me. In all major metropolitan areas the crime rate is making its way down, similarly in rural areas as well. Maybe instead of watching the news seldomly and seeing what the news is sensationalizing you might want to go a little deeper. I also noticed that you didn't try to refute any of my other points other than by putting words into my mouth and saying that I implied you can't be christian and well educated. Not true, you most certainly can be both, you, @when and @alphonso have prove you fall outside of that however.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Saboth

      Dare to be different? There is a fallacy in the Christian circles that they are outcast martyrs...the minority in the world. Christians are by FAR one of the biggest majorities on the planet, and America is almost a Christian theocracy. How are you "daring to be different" to be part of the majority? You don't need church or bible to have morals and values. Intelligent people are able to deduce such things for themselves and don't need right wing pastors to tell them what their morals and values should be, and who to vote for.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Scott

      With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. For example George Bush
      -Steven Weinberg (quoted in The New York Times, April 20, 1999)

      The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.
      -Mohandas Gandhi (Young India, 1927)

      Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
      -Blaise Pascal (Pensees, 1670)

      You do not need the bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify
      hate.

      October 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  4. Reality

    I normally post drivel because i dropped outta high school. i jus poo'd my pants.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Me too, I dropped out of high school at have excelled at my job (janitor). Not too sure about the poo tho, i normally spend enough time cleaning it up.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Reality

      Not from the original Reality.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  5. demetri

    The triteness of it all. Reminds me of scared straight to keep young men from going to prison by trying to show them what prison, but did not deal with the real issues. There are real issues regarding the absence of fathers and this does little to really address it.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  6. mark jessup

    dont go watch this movie this is a very gay hating church and they wish all gays would die

    October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • franklin

      No Church hate gay people nor hate them to die. God do hate the sin but not the sinners. Gay people are always welcome to any Churches.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • TG

      Gay hating church ---– I don't know, but put aside your pre-conceived notions and you just my learn something.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  7. Connecticutian

    "Father, forgive them, because they don't know what they're doing." I'm praying for all of the anti-religionists posting here, that your hurts may be healed, your sins forgiven, and your proud & angry hearts of stone be replaced by a heart of flesh. In Jesus' name, amen.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Bite me you looney tune!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • The Forager

      Have fun talking to yourself.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • yeahalright

      Your prayer didn't work. They never do and never will.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • False Prophet Spotting Service

      Oh, my, my, my, my. A hypocritical, sanctimonious public prayer. And this after Jesus made it clear as a bell what the proper place and manner of prayer is. Looks like another soul heading for an eternal swim in the lake of fire ...

      October 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  8. Dave

    You can blame a lot of the behavioral problems in divorced or unwed parents on the biased court system. Mom wins by default. Why? Because she gave birth to the babies? Let dads be fathers. In the case of fathers getting custody of their kids, let moms be mothers. The state is to blame for a lot of these social issues in society. They don't take the time to look at each individual case. They make the easy decision (kids go with mom) and on to the next case.

    And for all of you deadbeats that have children and don't support or raise them... shame on you.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  9. hater from the equater

    If everyone is an individual and do not need religon for morals. Who holds you accountable for your moral decisions? You as an individual can not hold yourself accountable because you are of flesh and can not live the law with out accountability from God.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      "can not live the law with out accountability"

      It's called the justice system. It replaced the need to accountability to some deity many hundreds of years ago.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • yeahalright

      Needing a pretend man in the sky to be moral is sad

      October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Well you asked a question, so before thinking your answer is right, let me help you. What do you mean exactly? If you are saying that there has to be some punishment to every bad action, is that what happens to you in your life at this moment being a believe? Every time you do something bad, has god given you immediate retribution? Or is he saving it all up until the afterlife you are promised?

      For an atheist is pretty easy, why do good things instead of be bad because there will be no cosmic retribution? Because we want to, because thats what makes society tick and mve forward, because I want to make the best of THIS life because I'm fairly certain there isn't a second life after this one, because doing good things in turn makes me feel good and when you boil it down I'm a pretty selfish creature (And please don't equate selfishness with being immoral, you can be both selfish and moral by doing good acts to feel good about yourself)

      October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Accountability from God?

      Hell, your illusion is COMPLICIT!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Scott

      Actually I do a very good job being accountable for myself without any help from your imaginary sky fairy. As a matter of fact, back when I was a Christian, I was a much less ethical person.

      October 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  10. Reality

    Summarizing Parts I, II and III of Courageous with a Power Point Slide:

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    Added details upon request.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Whatashock!

      Interesting definition of "reality." Make insulting statements with zero corroborating evidence whatsoever.

      Brilliant.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • FatSean

      What about the statements made in the Bible sans evidence? He's just returning like for like.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Reality

      As previously noted as Part II of Courageous.

      Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection/ Easter Con/Disease:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

      p.4

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      p.168. by Ted Peters:

      Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • Reality

      More details even if not requested:

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      October 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  11. slawson

    @jeeeebus – I love how secular heathens with no morals and values love to shove their ungodliness, perverted, and evil ideology and programming on television, radio, books, schools, and media. Thank God for people that want to bring individuals back to the basic truths of family, faith, and God. Moral, values, and healthy living knows no race, economics, and culture. It is a choice. Geez, being a great engaging father is a good thing. Only an atheist could pervert that!

    October 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Whatashock!

      AJ, you just made his point.

      Brilliant.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • ndlily

      Shows how little you know about atheists. Atheists are good parents without being threatened with everlasting damnation for not doing so? Would you live up to your responsibilities if you didn't believe there were consequences beyond this life? If faith is all that keeps you "good," you're pathetic.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Have you met a single atheist in your life? Or are you just taking a sampling from this comment board.

      I mean, come on really?

      October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • The Forager

      Atheists are less likely to divorce than theists.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • SlayFalseGod

      Hey -were you molested in church or did you do the molesting ?

      October 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • slawson

      Sure I've met atheist. Have muslim, hindu, catholic, and all kinds of friends and associates. And, yes, you find very good and kind people regardless of their religion and beliefs. That is not the problem. I just can't stand ignorant people, and there are a plenty on this post and the ones I'm talking to just happen to be atheist today.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @slawson

      Well good, I'm happy you've decided to generalize an entire group and then go back on your word, I would also like to point out that if you do a little seach across the board, there are equally idiotic comments on both sides, because its a comment board and people troll this place to illicit responses.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • FatSean

      The god of the bible ordered the ancient Hebrews to commit genocide on the people of Ai and the Canaanites. Don't talk to me about morals you god bothering trash. Your god is worse than Hitler!

      October 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Scott

      "Thank God for people that want to bring individuals back to the basic truths of family, faith, and God." Sounds like Howard Camping or maybe Ted Haggard

      October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  12. UCFknightman

    People don't need religion to have morals or civil awareness. But, I am glad these fathers are being more proactive about their responsibilities nonetheless.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  13. Pastor of Muppets

    You know, saying "this group does that" or "that group is this" is wrong no matter what you say or think. The truth of the matter is that it's the individual who matters. There are Christians who do good, there are Christians who do bad, there are atheists that do good, and vice versa.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • gsmc

      So true.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  14. Casey

    So it's a comedy/fantasy.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • ar

      It's about truth

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

      I'm sure you are/will be a great parent. loser

      October 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  15. Dan Halen

    "The Fatherhood Initiative". Sounds like a great concept! I wonder how they'd feel if Billy had two Daddies? I bet the vile would come spewing out then.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Whatashock!

      Figures.

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

      Why are you trying to rain on their parade?

      October 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Dan Halen

      Because the F N rain on mine every single day!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • slawson

      If Billy had two daddies that wouldn't really be a family now would it? As a Christian there are things we believe and DO NOT believe, so having two daddies woudn't necessarily be one of them, right? I mean, even non-Christians should know that. Now, you stop trying to push your beliefs down our throat, and if you do not believe in what "Courageous" stands for then do not click to bring up the article. Two daddies and mommies is against Christian principles and beliefs, so go to other article where people believe your foolishness.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Dan Halen

      I rest my case. See what I mean? F N Bigots.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • HappyTreeFriend

      At least they cant reproduce themselves...

      October 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Dan Halen

      It's the heteros that make more gays and lesbians. So, in a way, they thank you.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • gsmc

      I'm Christian and two daddies and two mommies are not against my beliefs. There are many Christians who are ok with gay marriage or adoption. It's only certain Christian who are against it. So please don't generalize about all of us.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  16. hater from the equater

    Why are there so many people angry that there is a movie to help promote being a good father. Are you scared that you are falling short in this category. I never hear people in my church bashing non believers like the non believers who have posted here. I am sorry if faith is something that angers you. One random question: if you are a believer and follow the word of God will you be a moral person? The answer is yes. Please do not comment about your uncles boss who is a believer and is luke warm in his faith. I will say I hope that 9 million dollars somehow finds a way to save your soul, so we can laugh about the thing you posted here while sitting next to our Savior. I will pray for all of you tonight. Good day and may God be with you.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Chuckles

      First,

      You should probably read the comments, no one here is against good dads, it's that the movie equates being a good dad to being a good christian, which is untrue

      secondly you sort of shot yourself in the foot about being good if you're a believer with the guy who apparently isn't good enough because he's lukewarm in his faith. Sorry, if your religion deals in absolutes you're not allowed to count out people with questionable morals who are christians because they aren't "true" believers. Clearly there are many people out there who have done immoral acts, both christian and not, but I can promise you, there is no diffference within the christian population of people being better, or more moral than everyone else, that is unless you pare down all of christianity to your church, or just your sect or whatever.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  17. HappyTreeFriend

    How many shootouts and car chases did this film have? Its about cops right?

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

      No, it's about the ignorant atheists.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  18. Jesus H. Christ

    Guess why married men almost always die before their wives?

    Because they want to.

    October 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  19. Adam

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGxd9LLFt54

    October 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  20. disco_fever

    I really don't care what anyone believes. But I do find it very interesting when I see devout atheists using science to prove their reasoning. When in reality, science cannot explain the most important question. Where did all of the matter in the universe come from? Where did the first atom come from? One of the most basic principles of physics is that matter is neither created nor destroyed,

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

      Yes, it cannot be created or destroyed, which blows "Creationism" out of the water.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • johnharry

      I just want to know why moses parted the red sea, why didnt they just walk across the suez canal. Wait the canal wasnt around then.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • NothingBut

      It all comes from the big santa claus in the sky.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • ThinkForYourself

      Actually, virtual particles are matter which is created or destroy, which pretty much throws the entire original argument out of the water.

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

      Those Answers are found in a book written 2,000 yrs ago. Many parts of this book (that resembles fairy tales and fables) have been proven to be inaccurate. This book is about an invisible man in the sky who knows all and controls all, but still lets tragedies happen. He also has a son who performs witchcraft. This is one of thousands of similar books and fables written at the same time, but this one, and only this one holds the truth to the universe!!!

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

      uh huh, and where'd your god come from?

      October 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      No such thing as a 'devout atheist.' No one knows exactly how the universe began, especially you. Contrast science's "I don't know yet" with religion's "god made it" and tell me which one is a lie? Example: there is a loud noise, and we both jump. "What was that?" asks someone, and you say loudly "IT WAS GOD" just as I say "I don't know." Your explanation is loud and positive, but you have no actual idea what that noise was. Your explanation is a lie, and mine's not.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Scott

      And 100 years ago some of the “ unexplained most important questions” were how can the sun stay so hot, why do we get sick and is the moon really made of green cheese. Science has since answered them very well. Your list of most important questions unexplained by science is growing smaller every day; unlike the list of stupid answers provide by religion which has remained the same for thousands of years.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
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