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May 10th, 2014
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The next chapter in faith films: comedy

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Contributing Editor
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(CNN) - A new movie genre debuts at the box office this weekend: the Christian comedy.

"Moms’ Night Out" starring Patricia Heaton and Sean Astin is opening on more than 1,000 screens, and it aims to do something no other Christian major motion picture has endeavored to do: make you laugh. On purpose.

There has been no shortage of laughably bad Christian movies. "Left Behind," anyone?

From “The Passion of the Christ,” to “Fireproof,” to “Courageous,” the genre has historically leaned heavily on biblical epics and inspiration to stir the faithful, or evangelical fare designed convert the masses.

But "Moms’ Night Out" is entirely different, a PG-rated comedy about the hijinks of middle-class Christian families, ordinary folks living ordinary lives. Astin called the movie "ballsy" for focusing on this demographic.

"Middle-class Christian families in America have every right to have their lives reflected on film," Astin said. "A lot of people will look at this movie and wouldn't see it as evangelical polemic."

In the film, three moms, played by Sarah Drew, Andrea Logan White and Heaton, need a break from diapers and messes and teenagers - never mind the societal pressure of being a perfect Christian parent. Desperate for a night out, they hit the town only to have their plans foiled by a missing baby, a car chase, their husbands, and cops with a Taser.  There are laughs, there are tears and there is a bright hopeful message for parents: God loves you even in your imperfections and you are not alone.

Heaton said, “It’s nice to have this perspective because raising kids is sort of an unsung job. We need to constantly remember what an important job that is, because it’s not glamorous and it’s repetitive and it can be really difficult. ... To get through the toddler, baby stage is really hard. You’re exhausted. So I think this movie is going to be really encouraging to some people.”

Only at the end of the movie do you realize there were no sex jokes, no romps through strip clubs, and no crass profanity - bread and butter for success comedies in the last decade. (Or even this same weekend, as the raunchy “Neighbors” hits theaters, too.)

“Moms’ Night Out” is squeaky-clean family fun. And TriStar Pictures and its imprint AFFIRM films are betting there is a vast, untapped audience of people - just like the ones on the screen - hungry for this type of film.

But unlike other films with more direct Christian messages, churches are much less likely to buy out theaters in bulk as they did for "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead," a move that brought those films big returns at the box office.

Not to mention, “Moms’ Night Out” has already taken heat from Christian reviewers who complained it is not Christian enough and secular reviewers who said it was unfunny and anti-feminist.

“We went in with eyes wide open and recognized this is uncharted territory," said Rich Peluso, senior vice president of AFFIRM Films.

A string of hits

Faithy films have paid off big this year at the box office. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's re-edit of their History Channel miniseries "Son of God" took in $60 million. "God's Not Dead," decried by critics as campy, was a hit with the people who matter most to studios - ticket purchasers. The film has brought in $55 million. Not bad for a movie with a $2 million budget, and Kevin Sorbo and the "Duck Dynasty" guys on the marquee.

Then there is "Heaven is for Real," which was produced in part by megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes and stars Greg Kinnear. The film took in $67 million, a surprise hit that was buoyed in part by a built-in audience familiar with the bestselling book the movie is based on.

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"Noah" had Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) and a massive $125 million budget, but was a bust with Christian audiences domestically. The biblical epic made only $99 million in the U.S. but was hit on overseas, where it took in $230 million.

"Moms’ Night Out" is hoping to catch this rising tide, but the challenges facing the film are great.

Funny is hard

“I think they’re up against a big wall," said Kerri Pomarolli, a comedian living in Los Angeles.

"The same people who are watching 'Mom’s Night Out' are secretly Netflixing [R-rated comedy fare like] 'Identity Theft' and 'This is 40,’” she joked.

But Pomarolli knows this audience well. She is a mother and Christian who plays her comedy act clean and has appeared everywhere from “The Tonight Show” to the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“It’s a challenge to write clean,” she said, because “you just want to be funny.”

She calls this film a "valiant effort," and has written a tie-in devotional book to the film for Christian moms.

“The audiences are conditioned to laugh at dirty stuff. They can’t even do innuendo. That crowd would have judged them if they had anything even remotely naughty.”

For this film to be a hit it will actually need to be funny to a wide audience, said Kutter Callaway, a professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

"Part of what is necessary for humor, and why Christians do it so bad, is there needs to be a tension there. There needs to be something dark or a tragic that makes life funny,” he said.

“Christians struggle with humor just like they struggle with how to posture themselves with anything that is dark or provocative,” he said.

Co-directors Andy and Jon Erwin look on as Sean Astin and Kevin Downes rehearse a scene for 'Moms' Night Out.'

Christian filmmakers have a tendency to scrub the darkness and focus on the light, Callaway said. "Because this film is coming from a Christian perspective … you worry about the comedy getting neutered. ... Christians still need it to be funny and not trite.”

That tension between faith and funny may not be an impossible hurdle for the film, according to Craig Detweiler, a filmmaker and communications professor at Pepperdine University who has worked with studios on direct marketing to churches.

"I think it will surprise people who tend to associate Christianity with roots in tragedy instead of comedy," he said. "But Jesus was known for his parables that ended in punch lines. He was pretty good with zingers.”

Jesus was fond of calling the Pharisees a “brood of vipers,” plus his style as a traveling preacher was to teach in stories, or parables, that needed to stick in the minds of his audience.

“These films are succeeding because it’s a huge, underserved market just looking for what the title says, a mom’s night out. Kind of a light, bright, inspiring picture. If you can offer that to this audience I think they’ll respond,” Detweiler said.  “It’s brilliant to actually try to appeal to mothers. It’s so rare to have mom as the hero.”

Making Moms work

Unlike other independent films in which big names are ridden into the ground like a sweaty mule, shoehorned into every possible scene in the movie, "Moms’ Night Out” has an ensemble cast - an amazing feat for a film with a budget just under $5 million, according to Andrew and John Erwin, the brothers who directed the film.

"We wanted a very strong ensemble," Jon Erwin said. "The cast, I can't believe we got them for what we had," his brother Andrew said.

Heaton, Astin and country music super star Trace Atkins blend in seamlessly with other less familiar actors.

"When you show something to someone they didn’t know existed - the family-friendly clean comedy - the talent just flocked. It was a matter of getting them to read it and they were in,” Peluso said. "Everyone felt comfortable with what this picture was and the resources available.”

White plays a supporting role in the film as one of the hip young moms in the trio out for the night. As a Christian and mom of three who attends a non-denominational church in West Lake, California, White said the movie hit home for her.

"Nobody tells you how hard it is to be a mom and wife. Nobody tells you how hard it is. Especially as a Christian, you’re supposed to act like you have it all together,” she said. “There’s so many of us that want to raise our kids in the way of the Lord and feel like we put ourselves last.”

Sarah Drew and Sean Astin together in the Christian comedy "Moms' Night Out."

White said their goal with the film was “to encourage women and encourage families and bring them to a closer relationship to God and to be able to feel supported.”

“There’s definitely an audience. There’s so many people in this country that want to see a clean comedy,” she said.

Astin, who plays a husband and father in the film, said working on the project made him examine his own life. "Truth is that everyone has feelings of self-doubt (and) anxiety. To have a movie like this to spend time with is, I think, really refreshing for a lot of moviegoers."

 Selling the movie

Even feel-good movies have to make money in Hollywood.

AFFIRM said this film has all the makings to be a hit, based on a business model they have honed over the past decade with movies targeted to Christians and early screenings of this film.

“We’re very confident, based on the fact we’ve screened it for 10,000 people," Peluso said.

Advanced ticket sales for the film were strong leading into the weekend.

Peluso added in some cases, those 1,000 screens where the film will run this weekend were picked based on how other faith-centered movies like “Soul Surfer” had performed.“We spent a lot of time down to the local, granular level, screen by screen.” They have also heavily marketed the film to moms groups and churches.

Despite bad press reviews, the movie has screened incredibly well with that vast, untapped audience Peluso believes the film can reach.

"The only review I care about is the people who were standing in line 90 minutes before with a $10 bill in their hand,” Peluso said.

Astin, whose career includes roles in iconic films from “The Goonies” to “Lord of Rings,” said this film is the one people will appreciate most.

"I promise you this, this movie will live for years in the hearts and minds of the community it's aimed at," Astin said. "People will come up to me for years, a million times, everywhere I go, and tell me, 'I’ve been waiting for this kind of movie forever. Thank you for making it.'"

CNN's Daniel Burke and Topher Gauk-Roger contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Faith • Media • Money & Faith • United States

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  1. kermit4jc

    NO such thing as faith in Gods existance....the Bible teaches KNOWLEDGE of His existance...and every places that refers to faith refers to faith in His Promises (see Hebrews 11) you try to limit to objective knowledge as the only way thus living inside a closed mind and within a box

    May 16, 2014 at 1:49 am |
    • ssq41

      Kermy is not incorrect in his claim here. However, Kerms, you need to consider that the authors of scripture and their audience all assumed the existence of God.

      With the arrival of "Higher Criticism" and the Scientific revolution, the existence of God came into question and it is the Christians who attached "faith" to belief in the existence of God as a counterpoint...using Hebrews 11:1 as their guide.

      So, you might want to update your argument and, like Paul, be all things to all men instead of the arrogant ass.hole you continue to portray yourself and your Gospel to be.

      May 16, 2014 at 2:20 am |
  2. kermit4jc

    THANK God that is NOT the reality bucky......the reality is..that he did not do it to "feel better"...it is all part of His very nature

    May 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
  3. joeyy1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeedE8vH1FQ
    .-

    May 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
  4. Dyslexic doG

    Comedy Faith movies. It's a natural. I always laugh at people and the hilarity of their faith.

    May 14, 2014 at 11:23 am |
    • Salero21

      Nope, no such thing, you either bark, howl or squeal, Jesus said so. So are you barking, howling or squealing?

      May 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm |
      • realbuckyball

        He's laughing. Your Jebus had no clue apparently, about well accepted human behavior. I guess we always knew something was terribly wrong with him and his 12 *ahem* friends.

        May 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
        • Salero21

          How do you know is a "he" and that "he" is laughing? Are you there with him? Man that's such an Absurd. That's why I must remind atheists that atheism/evolutionism/cultism/paganism are Absolute, Complete and Total NONSENSE. If Jesus said that you bark, howl and squeal you do in Fact. So then what is it that you are doing barking, howling or squealing?

          May 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm |
  5. hotairace

    Isn't "christian comedy" redundant?

    May 14, 2014 at 6:30 am |
  6. Ben

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life – John 3:16

    May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm |
    • Ben

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUwk2ilJB_Q&feature=player_detailpage

      May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm |
      • kermit4jc

        Did someone hear something...just the wind..a stinky wind......

        May 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          awwwww the poor hypocrite whining about showing respect and following the Golden Rule....wah wah wah

          May 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
      • kermit4jc

        you are so dishonest and intellectual ignorant....I STUDIED the BIble..as well as many others..it isn't merely from what mom and dad or the priest tell us you idiot.....stop making wild generalizations and grow up and get truth...in STUDYING the bIble I find it to be truthful...and in no way will I ever become an atheist...its been this way over 25 years....no stopping now

        May 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          NOOO>.YOU are the idiot making far too many assumptions..assuming HOW I studied...ASSUMING I did not have an open mind...I deny all other gods cause they are false..and God shows them to me that they are such.....and I see it..money is a false god....it don't save..neither does Zeus or any of the other gods..you as wellhave a closed minded bubble..towards religion.....pot calling kettle..its ok to close your mind onto truth....don't wanna let your brains fall out by being too open minded

          May 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
      • hotairace

        You studied a steaming pile of crap for which there is not a single bit of actual evidence. You believe it because you are mentally ill.

        May 14, 2014 at 6:35 am |
        • kermit4jc

          at hotair.....IM mentally ill..or are you referring to someone else in the blog?

          May 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm |
      • realbuckyball

        A deity that is REQUIRED to sacrifice it's son to feel better is *subject* to Reality, thus not it's creator. Oops.

        May 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm |
      • neverbeenhappieratheist

        he was pretty clear who he meant was mentally ill and yes kermie, you fit the profile perfectly.

        "God shows them to me that they are such"

        How do you expect to get any respect when you have less evidence of your supernatural claims or that you communicate with God than the show "Ghost Hunters" does of anything supernatural. At least they have wobbly night vision cameras and creaky noises, you have what? "God told me those other gods are false!"

        You do see how mental that sounds right?

        May 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          youre right..I dont expect much repsrct from people who try be be wannabes in psychology and closed minded bigots..yep....what was I thinking.......

          May 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
      • hawaiiguest

        @kermit

        "and in no way will I ever become an atheist"
        This shows close mindedness on your part.

        May 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          if you read my postr again..I pretty much admitted that already..and its OK to be closed minded..especially when truth is found....as I said..you don't want to have your mind opened so much your brains fall out.

          May 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm |
      • hawaiiguest

        @kermit

        You mean that truth that no one has been able to objectively demonstrate for thousands of years that needs to be taken on faith? Or that truth that you need to read while assuming your conclusion already to make sense of?

        May 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm |
      • hotairace

        Kermy, you and anyone else that claims to believe The Babble or any other alleged holy book, unless they are under duress.

        May 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          sorry..you are not qualified to call us mentally ill..youre just a wannbe....say what you want....no pscyologist calls us mentally ill..only people who are wannabe armchair psychies

          May 16, 2014 at 1:55 am |
      • ssq41

        Sorry, Kermsicle, you are wrong....they may not be qualified to diagnose but they are eminently qualified to CALL...afterall, if the shoe fits...

        (Although, a review of the DSM-V might provide a clear DX).

        May 16, 2014 at 2:25 am |
    • doobzz

      "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." Psalm 137:9

      May 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
    • Science Works

      As the comedy evolves – too funny – the nut calling the nuts – nuts !

      Even Pat Robertson thinks Young Earth creationists are nuts: ‘Deaf, dumb, and blind’
      By David Edwards
      Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:23 EDT

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/13/even-pat-robertson-thinks-young-earth-creationists-are-nuts-deaf-dumb-and-blind/

      May 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
    • sam stone

      do you seriously desire eternal life?

      if so, what is keeping you here?

      May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
      • believerfred

        sam stone
        What exactly do you know about eternal life? Infinite in all directions is only observable if there is a perspective outside of the eternal. Is it even possible to have perspective outside of the eternal?

        May 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm |
        • sam stone

          i don't KNOW anything about eternal life, but I do SUSPECT that it is a pipe dream, or an empty threat, depending on whether that life is in "heaven" or "hell"

          May 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm |
        • sam stone

          And, how do you purport to have any KNOWLEDGE of eternal life?

          May 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm |
        • sam stone

          What's the matter, Fred? Cat got your tongue?

          May 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm |
        • sam stone

          TP: Probably, but it's still fun watching the faithful run like c-o-c-k-roaches when their delusion is questioned

          May 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm |
        • sam stone

          TP: Don't forget Topher/Gopher

          May 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm |
        • believerfred

          sam stone
          Your reply related to the eternal life as presented in the Bible. That view is one of presence in Christ. Eternal life begins when we accept Christ as Lord and savior. All things (regardless of our concept of time) work to the good of those who are in Christ. It is a new "heaven and earth" as the old is washed away (yes the flood story in the Old Testament and redemption by Christ in the New). The old is washed away so what exists is only what perfect love can express which is timeless. Hard to say exactly what that looks like because we cannot experience the totality of it since we do not know perfect love.

          May 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm |
        • sam stone

          belief and knowledge are different things

          you have no KNOWLEDGE of any life post mortem

          i think it is wishful thinkng, but i don't KNOW for certain

          neither do you

          May 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm |
        • believerfred

          sam stone
          I know for certain that I have experienced that which Jesus said I would experience. If Jesus was simply a rabble rouser someone wrote down some Divine words attributed to Jesus. The writings of those who knew Jesus and those who knew the players of the early church had similar accounts. A conspiracy is unlikely but certainly as the church grew so did corruption within but, that was after the truth was set. I believe it takes a great deal more faith to believe anyone before of after Jesus had a better view of existence. Certainly not me and given you do not have anything new or any evidence to establish another view it is unreasonable to put your eggs in any other basket.

          May 14, 2014 at 1:42 am |
        • sam stone

          i suspect most of the words attributed to jesus were written by someone else long after he was dead

          what makes them divine is your view of them

          as far as views of the world and existence, i would much rather "put all my eggs" in the basket of my understanding than in the translated, edited hearsay attributed post mortem to jesus

          May 14, 2014 at 6:18 am |
        • believerfred

          sam stone
          "i suspect most of the words attributed to jesus were written by someone else long after he was dead"
          =>yes written by someone else but shortly after his resurrection about 20 years later. Don't forget it is hard to take notes when everyone is chasing the followers of Christ to kill them. Actual words of Jesus began as early as 30 years later.

          "what makes them divine is your view of them"
          =>no, what makes them Divine is their power to change lives, drive a dominate World View (yes this is still the dominate world view), demand response by everyone (including you) to declare "who do you say I AM", accounting of things that cannot be seen, forgiveness of sin, salvation, removes the sting of death, transforms perspective and reveals the wonder of God.

          "as far as views of the world and existence, i would much rather "put all my eggs" in the basket of my understanding"
          =>I thought you had no understanding of eternal life? Have you had a revelation since this thread began? Is your understanding "you don't know", if not, what do you know about your purpose for existence

          May 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
        • Science Works

          Hey Fred way too funny – keep the script coming – as you can see below – does it get any netter than this ?

          A couple of old goats going after each other – and remember Ken Ham use to be the Genesis Inst-itute back in 1992.

          Creationist Ken Ham: Atheists love ‘pagan’ Pat Robertson for making Christians looks silly
          By Travis Gettys
          Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:32 EDT

          http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/15/creationist-ken-ham-atheists-love-pagan-pat-robertson-for-making-christians-looks-silly/

          May 15, 2014 at 9:42 am |
        • believerfred

          Science
          Pat and Ken in their lifetime had no doubt the earth was less than 10,000 years old and the flood happened just as stated. Science also historically believed that same account. Assuming intelligence is evolving over the past 100,000 years we still do not have a handle on God other than what was revealed to us.
          Pat and Ken see the God of theology as anthropomorphized through the Bible. Confronted with science Ken attempts to squeeze science to fit the Bible whereas Pat is attempting to squeeze the Bible to fit into science. All this with full knowledge of the fact the Bible maintains Gods ways are not our ways, rest not on your own understanding, do not add anything to the words of God, things are not as they appear, my kingdom is not of this earth, etc. On thing we do know from all known history is that Pat, Ken and science are wrong it is just a matter of time until we discover how wrong.

          You do understand that being an atheist changes nothing. It is like being proud to be an independent voter. As we speculate what is by using matter, energy, time, space etc. available we quickly realize the limits of what we have to work with (cognitive functions included). An entity with intentionality outside the limits of our capacity for awareness or understanding would need to provide revelation. Even a construct absent intentionality outside our limits has affect as defined in the God of Spinoza.
          Pat and Ken and you simply account for revelation received and your God (Spinoza's) has as much evidence as their God. Please don't tell me atheists reject the God of Spinoza because that is not possible since the main attribute of that God is simply existence itself.

          May 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....I'm quite proud to be an atheist actually. That tells people that I am at least intelligent enough to require proof of existence before devoting either my time or energy on something. It also shows my ability to apply logic and reason to everyday questions. I really think it is quite the asset.

          May 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          ".I'm quite proud to be an atheist actually"
          =>Once called godless with distain and burned or stoned consider yourself lucky that Jesus changed the landscape.

          " That tells people that I am at least intelligent enough to require proof of existence"
          =>It does no such thing as you cannot claim nor do you have evidence as to what is beyond measurement or accountability by accepted scientific method.

          "It also shows my ability to apply logic and reason to everyday questions."
          =>apparently not. Logically it is unreasonable to claim atheism as a belief. Further, there is no evidence for nothingness or nonexistence and existence itself contradicts such notion. Therefore any thought of non existence or nothingness before or after your organic functions no longer appear to respond to chemical stimuli is scientific and metaphysical speculation without merit.

          "I really think it is quite the asset."
          =>no, you and your offspring cannot be president of the United States without being liars. Shame to limit yourself an your offspring.

          May 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....I realize that your silly belief system doesn't grant you the ability to look past your nonsensical book for any true answers to lifes questions, so I will try to get you to understand atheism a little better.

          Atheism is not a belief. It is the opposite, actually. It means, there is not any evidence of any god, so I choose not to make one up. I do not believe in any gods. That's all. I require at least evidence before I will consider belief.

          Thankfully, my daughter is an atheist herself, and by the time her offspring might want to run for president, the antiquated rule would bee gone. Regardless, it is a very small price to pay to maintain my integrity.

          And lastly, the instrument has not been invented yet that can measure the inferior have for any quote from your outdated bible.

          May 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          Amazing that you believe in miracles. Belief real or faked is required for the office of President in the United States. That is reality. You speculate that a new reality will arrive sometime soon yet you have no evidence to support that.

          If I understand you correctly you do not believe in god or gods, but you do not deny the possibility of GOD. Like yourself I have ruled out the man made gods but cannot deny the power in the Name of Jesus. Having experienced the effect of belief in Jesus I can understand the effect of belief in the God Abraham. Certainly I cannot prove the effect to be the result of belief or the very hand of God yet I understand why it must be so.

          May 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....Jesus was just a man, not a god. And, I do not believe in miracles and have no idea how you arrived at that.

          May 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          It would take a miracle for an atheist to be President.
          Yes, Jesus was just a man. The full radiance of God, the Glory of God was in him. I do not expect you to believe the accounts of God based on anything I or the 25,000 manuscripts detailing the divinity of Jesus have to say. That window into the wonder of God requires supernatural intervention.

          May 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....there is no way for you to even know if an atheist has already been President. And, for your own edification, there is no law stating that an atheist can not be President. There are some states that won't let an atheist be on the ballot, but they can still run. And, a recent Yahoo survey shows that most Americans would not be opposed to electing an atheist as President.

          Now....for the other BBS. You, of course, may believe whatever you want and I really don't care, as I am sure you don't care what I believe. But, keep your ridiculous biblical laws out of my secular govt. Get your in god we trust off my money, because I don't trust god at all! I do not have any need at all for god. You do. So.....believe away!

          May 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          If there were any atheist presidents in the U.S they did one hell of a cover up job because there is no record of such nor hit of such.
          I don't know how the poll was worded but reality is that 8% control the swing in elections. With 78% believers in God an atheist would need to lie to become president.

          You and your daughter have enjoyed the protection of a Nation of Christians. Granted we went from 90% Christian to 78% but "In God We Trust" actually meant something once. Because over time we behaved less like Christians the majority no longer understand what it means to trust in God.
          Trust in existence without purpose would make a better motto for money anyway.

          May 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....you are living in fantasy land. I have never seen you acting less like Christians than when you were using the bible to justify slavery. Or when you used Christianity to promote manifest destiny and wipe out those heathen Indians. Or, when you used the bible to make gays and lesbians feel inferior. Oh yeah....you guys have been models of consistency.

          May 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          "I have never seen you acting less like Christians than when you were using the bible to justify slavery."
          =>That would have been 100 years ago when I was not around. The fact some twisted the Bible to support slavery or like Hitler twisting the Bible to incite hate against the Jews. It was wrong then and just as wrong today for you to twist the truth to give Christians a black eye. You are not exempt from the dark side of humanity just because you are godless.

          "when you used Christianity to promote manifest destiny and wipe out those heathen Indians."
          =>Again before my time and evidence of inhumanity not obeying God

          "used the bible to make gays and lesbians feel inferior."
          =>not me or 90% of the Christians I know.

          ".you guys have been models of consistency."
          =>actually we have proven that we failed as did the Jews before us to simply do what is right in Gods eyes.

          May 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....it was the proverbial you, not the literal you. And I was remarking on your statement that in this day and age, Christians are acting less christianlike. I'm claiming, they were worse before

          May 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm |
        • hawaiiguest

          @fred

          And who are you to say that their interpretation was wrong? They have the same bible, and the same god. Just because you've gone through the mental gymnastics needed to ignore all the evil commands that were supposedly given by your god doesn't mean anything.

          May 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          @hawaii..its called CONTEXT....does that word mean anything to you? does it mean anything to you when you have a need to communicate properly?

          May 16, 2014 at 1:52 am |
        • believerfred

          hawaiiguest
          The African Slave Trade violates the OT because these slaves did not freely sell themselves and purchasing a kidnapped slave was against the law. I did not own slaves so can only assume most were treated very badly which is against the overriding rule of doing the right thing.
          Jesus said if you hate your brother you are guilty of murder. That stands by itself regarding the other points gulliblenomore brought up.

          May 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm |
        • hawaiiguest

          @fred

          More lies about the OT. It only specified that other Jews could sell themselves for 6 years. The rest were bought and sold at will and were considered property. This has been pointed out to you before. Even the part in the OT where it says that they were allowed to beat their slaves as long as they didn't die within 2 days because they are property.

          May 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          they were NOT allowed to beat anyone...its pathetic attempt top discount the Bible....you may say mental gymnastics..i call it context...and apparnelty context means nothing to you..but the deal is that if a slave was injured..he was to be set FREE..that itself shows they are nOT allowed to beat their slaves...you just only read what you want

          May 16, 2014 at 1:54 am |
        • ssq41

          Kermy, Kerm, Kerm...please provide the scriptural basis for context...chapter and verse, please.

          May 16, 2014 at 2:27 am |
        • kermit4jc

          context and Scriptural basis for what? sorry..cant find the thread youre referring to.. clarify please

          May 16, 2014 at 3:08 am |
        • neverbeenhappieratheist

          "20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property." Exodus 21:20

          Pretty sure that's the one he was asking about.

          May 16, 2014 at 3:22 am |
        • kermit4jc

          yep..this is a case law...it is stating what happens if a man kills his slave //that if he died within one day..imediately...he is charged with murder and executed.....if the slave lives longer..then murder cannot be proven as the intent...the slave does lose out..as since the slave obviously owed him money and made money for him....again..he just doesnt get the death pnealoty as murderous intent cannot be proven

          May 16, 2014 at 3:26 am |
        • neverbeenhappieratheist

          "the slave obviously owed him money "

          You are a moron. Why would the child of a foreigner that you keep as a slave and passed on as an inheritance to your children "owe you money"?

          "However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. " Leviticus 25:44-46

          May 16, 2014 at 3:31 am |
        • kermit4jc

          call me a moron for using context? THESE people ALSO owed money...you "purchase' people who SELL themselves to you to pay off debts..again ALL in the context! sheesh....and You call me a moron? thats what the Isrealites did..sell themselves to pay off debt..it is NO different for the foreigners...they wed..you buy them

          May 16, 2014 at 9:37 am |
        • neverbeenhappieratheist

          Oh, and please take note of the double standard there.

          May 16, 2014 at 3:32 am |
        • ssq41

          Oh, kermy....I don't know why I even try with you. "Context"! kermy...context is the God you worship....show us where in scripture we are supposed to read and understand scripture in a contextual manner.

          You preach the Gospel of Context...don't make us take it on faith....tell us where we are commanded to read and understand in context.

          Something like: "If I don't go away, the Holy Context will not come..." or something...

          May 16, 2014 at 4:04 am |
        • kermit4jc

          Scripture is like ANY piece of literature..it COMMUNICATES ideas.....to read the SCRIPTURES in context does NOT limit itself to the Bible ALONE....one needs to study JEWISH CULTURES....the Bible does not contain every piece of informaiton on the Jewish culture (The Jews already knew their own culture) nor does any ONE Book...get the background, the culture..language..literary styles used (poetry, figures of speech, arguments, etc etc) as for FAITH..I was giving you all HEBREWS chapter 11 it SHOWS there especially the latter half of those who HAD FAITH in God..and their examples..and NONE of the examples ever referred to his existance..but his PROMISES

          May 16, 2014 at 9:41 am |
        • believerfred

          hawaiiguest
          More lies about the OT. It only specified that other Jews could sell themselves for 6 years. The rest were bought and sold at will and were considered property. This has been pointed out to you before. Even the part in the OT where it says that they were allowed to beat their slaves as long as they didn't die within 2 days because they are property.
          =>No, I stand firm and Bible is clear that the African Slave Trade violated protections set up to safeguard slaves against oppression.

          May 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm |
        • Science Works

          Hey fred way too FUNNY – but this is hilarious !

          But you might believe it is true because it comes fro the ICR/Genesis Insti-tute operators manual dated 1992 or fred are you one of the authors listed for this chapter ?

          Direct Dating of Cretaceous – Jurassic Fossils (and other evidence for Human-COEXISTENCE)
          By Robert Garbe, Hugh Miller, John Whitmore, Goorge Detwiller, Doug Wilder, Frank Vosler,John Ditmars , D Davis.

          Now really fred did we really coexist with the dino ? – by the way they just found a new kind fred !

          May 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm |
      • kermit4jc

        we don't sit here and twiddle our thumbs waiting for Jesus to return..we got work to do.to help others.....its not up to us when we go..we did not create ourselves...God has the times for us when He will call us home.

        May 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
        • sam stone

          See, kids, this is what is called "rationalization"

          May 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
        • kermit4jc

          HOW is that rationalization??????

          May 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm |
        • sam stone

          you're right, i was wrong.

          it wasn't a rationalization

          but, you stll are a delusional d-bag

          May 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
    • Reality

      As noted many times with details, John 3:16 is historically nil by rigorous testing of the story as is all of John's gospel.

      May 14, 2014 at 7:49 am |
  7. Salero21

    JAJAJA...oops... pardon me please... I meant HAHAHA. Here is ROFLOL at the Absolute, Complete and Total Absurdity and NONSENSE of atheism/evolutionism/cultism/paganism/idolatry et al. Well, what can I say that I've not said before, o yeah Absurdity. Atheism/evolutionism/cultism/paganism/idolatry etc. are all Total Absurdity. HAHAHA. I sure miss the emoticons, they're time savers.

    May 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
  8. idiotusmaximus

    A new movie genre debuts at the box office this weekend: the Christian comedy.................

    YOU WANNA MAKE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$...just put religion as the main focus in anything and the BIBLE BACKS can't throw money at you fast enough.

    May 13, 2014 at 11:16 am |
  9. jaareshiah

    What do Christian videos consist of ? Do they make PG-rated videos, whereby there is the need for parental guidance ? According to the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), a PG-rated film may not be suitable for children, noting that "there could be some profanity, some violence, or brief nudity.

    What are genuine Christians taught ? Are they taught to have just a good time, to have a night out, to be "ordinary folks living ordinary lives" ? Jesus stated that during our time period (that is called his invisible "presence" at Matthew 24:3, the KJV and other Bibles inaccurately reads "coming"), pseudo Christians or false Christians would be busy (along with the rest of the "world") with the mundane affairs of life, getting married, having children, eating and drinking, in which Jesus compared to the "days of Noah", and with the exception of Noah and his family, pseudo Christians would "take no note" that they were living during a critical juncture in human history. (Matt 24:37-39)

    This time period or "presence" will culminate in the destruction of Babylon the Great (Rev 17:5, the world empire of false religion, of which Christendom is a part of) at the hands of the "ten horns", (all the political governments existing during the "Lord's day", Rev 1:10) and their "scarlet-colored wild beast" (Rev 17:16, the United Nations, also called the "image of the wild beast" at Rev 13:15).

    That is why Jesus said to those who professed to know him, but failed in following in his footsteps: "Why, then, do you call me ‘Lord! Lord!’ but do not do the things I say ?"(Luke 6:46) These are likened to a house built "on the ground without a foundation"(Luke 6:49) because of their failure to implement Jesus teachings in their lives.

    Salvatore Rino Fisichella, a Catholic archbishop, said of members of his own church: “Looking at us probably no one would recognize we are Christians today because our style of life is the same as non-believers.” On the other hand, genuine Christians are noted as making known "the good news of the kingdom" throughout the earth.(Matt 24:14) Their videos build up faith in our Maker, Jehovah God, and help people to transform their lives after the pattern of Jesus Christ.(Rom 12:2)

    May 13, 2014 at 10:24 am |
  10. lisoo

    If you don't find a laugh or 10 in this one, you are determined not to. It is funny for the sake of funny. Not shock value.
    There are a few things I would have changed in the story line. But nothing to do with the very few open mentions of God/Jesus.
    We have seen it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is funny.
    Contrary to some beliefs, my house is full of laughter and humor. There are never curse words. No one is drunk or high here. No violence. Threats.
    Why does Hollywood have such trouble writing comedy. Just funny comedy. They always want to use the cheap tricks.

    May 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      "There are never curse words."
      +++ not everyone thinks curse words are evil. i love them and believe they add to our language. when i stub my tow in the middle of the night on the coffee table, "shucks" just doesn't express what i'm feeling at that point.
      on that note, when i see goody-goody shows where no one curses, i don't relate to them. they seem white-washed and lacking the reality of actual conversations. this show seems to fall into that category. sounds like you relate to it, but i sure don't.

      May 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
      • revrung

        I am sorry, very sorry, that you have not mastered the English language. You can not adequately express yourself without profanity? I DON'T say "Aw shucks" when I stub my toe either. I also don't wish to contribute to the constant demeaning of our beautiful language by gushing forth a stream of indecent language. Not everyone sees profanity as evil? Not everyone views the "F Bomb" as a necessity to decent and public discourse. REPENT! & then buy yourself a thesaurus!

        May 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          rev.....'curse' words are words in the English language you prude! Tough s-hit that you fvcking don't like it. You desperately need to grow up, because guess fvcking what? Those god d-amn words are not going the fvck away. And, for your information....they are just words. What do you suppose somebody means when they say "what the freak"? Don't be so juvenile for fvcks sake!

          May 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm |
        • sam stone

          rev.....F bombs hae their place, too

          May 13, 2014 at 6:33 am |
        • sam stone

          for that matter, so does the C word

          May 13, 2014 at 6:34 am |
        • hotairace

          The C Word and religious charlatan fits very nicely together.

          May 14, 2014 at 6:21 am |
      • tallulah131

        I like profanity because it adds to the richness of language. A curse word can be very honest reaction to an unexpected situation, and they can be used to very humorous effect. We're already dumbing down our language; we don't need to loose even more works to the fragile sensibilities of those who can't understand that their shock gives those words their power.

        May 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm |
    • tallulah131

      The reviews I've seen comment on cardboard, cliche characters, cheap laughs gotten by making certain characters look stupid and incompetent, and poor quality overacting. The one actor who gets consistent praise is actually country singer Trace Atkins.

      I think humor is wherever you find it. I like clean humor as much as I like dark humor, but everything I've read about this movie tells me that I will find no humor here.

      May 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Here's what Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com had to say:

      "Depressingly regressive and borderline dangerous, "Moms’ Night Out" peddles archaic notions of gender roles in the name of wacky laughs. But it also wants to be "About Something." It wants to inspire as well as entertain. It’s "The Hangover" aimed at Christian audiences, and if that sounds like an impossible prospect, well, that’s because it is."

      1.5 stars

      http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/moms-night-out-2014

      May 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm |
  11. noahsdadtopher

    Perhaps the authors should do more research.

    First, Christian comedy films are NOT new.

    Second, true there are some really bad Christian movies, but your example is Left Behind?

    May 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm |
    • Apollo to Zeus

      My favorite christian comedy is 'The Bible'. It cracks me up every time I watch it.

      May 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
      • revrung

        I suggest you get yourself crucified, resurrected, then have a world-wide following for thousands of years...then laugh!

        May 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm |
        • realbuckyball

          A few things wrong. They were "claims" not facts. There are thousands of Christian sects all certain their take is the right one. Your premise is false.

          May 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm |
        • fintronics

          "resurrected,"? I suggest you stop confusing mythology with reality.

          May 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm |
    • samsstones

      Topherism is a condition that allows a person to reject knowledge that does not agree with that persons a priori beliefs. (also known as Phileoidiotism).

      May 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
    • Science Works

      hey topher (dude)

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

      Deny away dude.

      May 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
      • noahsdadtopher

        What does that have to do with Christian movies?

        May 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
        • lisoo

          I was wondering that as well........

          May 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
        • In Santa We Trust

          denial maybe?

          May 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        lol!
        love bill nye.

        May 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
  12. doobzz

    Well, this movie grossed a great big $4.2 million over the weekend. Apparently the megachurches aren't buying out theaters to make it look popular like they did with Noah and Son of God.

    Also, Christian Bale as Moses? "It's the second time that he doesn't give a -- about what is going on in front of the golden calf, all right? I'm trying to --- do a miracle here, and I am going "Why the -- is Aaron walking in there? What is he doing there?" Do you understand my mind is not in the miracle if you're doing that?"

    May 12, 2014 at 11:50 am |
  13. Rynomite

    The fact that anyone believes in Religion is the very essence of Comedy. And also Tragedy at the same time! Genre Spanning really!

    May 12, 2014 at 8:44 am |
  14. Bootyfunk

    can christians make funny movies?
    yes, every movie they've made so far has been hilarious.

    May 12, 2014 at 7:30 am |
  15. tallulah131

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk

    May 12, 2014 at 2:10 am |
  16. Salero21

    What can I say? Well, not even in Hollywood of all places on earth they're listening or paying any attention to atheists. That's because they also know that atheists are extreme hypocrites and Compulsive, Pathological Liars. So would listen to such? Not that we believers, all men of reason and reasonable men don't hear their whining and see their tantrums is just that we don't do any listening neither pay any attention to them.

    Among other reasons and to state it simply; History IS NOT on their side! Soo sorry!!

    May 12, 2014 at 12:06 am |
    • realbuckyball

      You just keep telling yourself that, and maybe your tall tale will come true.
      The fact is, the trend is that the more educated people are, the less religious they are, and it's a world-wide trend.
      How many atheists do you actually know ? Oh. None. You keep asserting things about atheists. You must hang around a LOT of them IRL, or otherwise how exactly would you know all the things you claim to know about them ?

      May 12, 2014 at 12:11 am |
      • Salero21

        You're one Primeval example!!

        May 12, 2014 at 12:25 am |
        • realbuckyball

          You don't know me. So then, you actually know none, and make up everything you say about them. I thought so.

          May 12, 2014 at 6:11 am |
        • Salero21

          You continue to be a PRIME example! Atheism/evolutionism/cultism/paganism and idolatry are Absolute, Complete, Total NONSENSE [stupidity]. Atheists as DEMONSstrated here daily are extreme hypocrites and Compulsive Pathological Liars. They just can't stop Lying because is part of what and who they are.

          May 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
        • snuffleupagus

          Salero21, you are one angry dude. Lots of hate in whatever you have for a heart. BTW, why do you keep posting your IQ number with you handle? You must be proud that you broke 20 points.

          May 12, 2014 at 2:19 pm |
        • realbuckyball

          So you keep saying ... yet are too dumb to say how, why or when. You got nuthin. Everyone can see that.

          May 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm |
        • fintronics

          Saler-o-hole loves to make a fool of himself on the belief blog.

          May 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm |
    • tallulah131

      Why did you change your name back, finny? As long as you're using the same pointlessly offensive drivel, you might as well use the same name.

      May 12, 2014 at 2:04 am |
    • kudlak

      Salero21
      History was not on the side of civil rights, or abolition, or women's rights, or democracy, or nothing else that ultimately replaced antiquated, backward systems, correct?

      May 12, 2014 at 10:15 am |
      • kudlak

        Make that "anything else".

        May 12, 2014 at 10:24 am |
        • Salero21

          Ignorance is very BOLD and you're a PRIME example of it!

          May 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
      • Salero21

        None of those movements were led by atheists, unbelievers or irreligious people. However Communism/Socialism were and still are the favorite economic ideologies of atheists/evolutionists.

        Some of their Heroes includes the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Castro, che Guevara, et al. You're another prime example among many in the Belief Blog of the Absolute, Complete and Total NONSENSE of atheism/evolutionism/cultism/paganism and idolatry.

        May 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
        • snuffleupagus

          Dipschit. Wow, no surprise that Sally boy is a xtian liar, as well as an under-educated fool.

          May 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm |
        • Salero21

          And was all that trailer park gibberish suppose to be a disprove or refutation of what I said? Do you call that "education"? Because is looks like more Evidence, on top of more Evidence of the Absolute, Complete and Total NONSENSE [stupidity] of atheism/evolutionism/cultism/paganism/satanism and idolatry. Which BTW are all ONE AND THE SAME discards of History. See... that's why even in Hollywood of all places they're not paying attention neither listening to the likes of you.

          May 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm |
        • realbuckyball

          Really ? And you know that how ? Lying for Jebus again I see. You have never once actually talked to a real atheist have you ?

          May 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm |
        • fintronics

          The ignorance of someone that denies evolution is astounding.

          May 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm |
        • believerfred

          fintronics
          "The ignorance of someone that denies evolution is astounding."
          =>The ignorance of someone that denies how foolish the science of 200 years ago looks today yet cannot imagine how foolish we will all appear in 2214AD. Oh, the AD stands for the year of our Lord. Yes, you are living in the year of the Lord. that fact has not changed in 2,000 years. Before that it was BC Before Christ. That has not changed except to appease to the intolerant so we will see an occasional BCE.

          May 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred...if you knew anything about the Gregorian calendar system, you would know it was indoctrinated in the mid 16th century at the height of church dominance. So naturally, they picked Jesus supposed death as their starting point. Who else were they going to base it on? Proves nothing, except they ere just as ignorant of reality in the 16th century as the believers are now.

          May 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm |
        • Alias

          @BELIEVERFRED
          What part of science?
          The lever is still a lever.
          Crop rotation still works, as does not inbreeding your livestock.

          May 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
        • believerfred

          Alias
          Yes, the lever, crop rotation and livestock breeding is as it was in the Bible with refinements one would expect. The human form is the same as it was since Adam an Eve also. The only species change observed in all science history has been only within "kinds".
          Evolution theory is not a problem and most can see the rabbit hole science likes to follow. Given history however we will all be amazed that the universe is flat and all coding within DNA came from a root algorithm out of a pre big bang matrix that is the God of Spinoza

          May 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          "Fred...if you knew anything about the Gregorian calendar system"
          =>You still cannot shake the desire of Eve. Such a simply story that no one will be able to say "I just didn't get it"
          =>Our date is 2014AD the year of our Lord. What layer of nonsense are attempting to cover that with? Talk about denial.
          => There is life after Christ. You say you cannot hear God yet there it is in your face. Something big and important. Recall that before we have ages based on the times of Kings. Well we live in the age of the King. Do you really not have the smallest itch that wants to know what this kingdom of God is?
          When you read the Beatitudes take note that the kingdom of God IS with the poor in sprit.

          May 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....what in the hell are you talking about? You just sound like a TV evangelist now.

          May 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          No, as usual a day late and a dollar short
          I do wish every one could experience at least a few moments in the kingdom of God.
          BC and AD regardless of etymologies remains as significant as any wonder of the world when you consider the 14 billion years or so of existence. It comes to a focus before or after Christ. The Cross remains the dominate dividing line for all mankind. You either spit upon Christ or answer the question Jesus asked "Who do you say I AM"

          May 13, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Fred....your preaching is useless. Produce the evidentiary proof of your gods existence and I'll join you in church this weekend. If not, then peddle your snake oil on some other person....I'm not buying.

          May 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
        • believerfred

          gulliblenomore
          I assume you are aware of those throughout the Bible who demanded evidence. They had a way about them that was the opposite of "the way" as Jesus referred to the path of eternal life. Eternal life is a construct I do not think we can really grasp as it does not have beginning and end as we been conditioned to over generations. Eternal life is a state of being rather than a time line that consists of past, present and future. This time line is all we know. This time line is how we claim the earth is about 14 billion years old. This timeline is where we attempt to squeeze the evolution of man. Do you really think our essence can be squeezed into a time line that only exists in our dimension of space time? That is a very exclusive perspective that demands intelligent design which is without evidence. You are in fact arguing for intelligent design which has been outlawed as if it were some crime.

          May 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
        • gulliblenomore

          Sorry Fred....I don't deal with crazy. I deal in reality only, and in the real world, we need evidence before we believe anything.

          May 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm |
        • believerfred

          Never forget how the misguided religious Priests outlawed anyone opposed to a flat earth? It is the way of God to use the foolish things of man to bring about an understanding of how little we really know.

          May 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
        • fintronics

          Fred, on one hand you are making some sort of attempt to debunk evolution, claiming intelligent design and on the other hand referencing the mythology of the bible to indicate that eternal life is reality..... It must be nice to live in crazy land..
          '

          May 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm |
        • believerfred

          fintronics
          No, my reference to intelligent design being outlawed was in reference to our secular world acting in the same manner as the religious back in the days of the flat earth. To teach children that the earth was round would get one tossed in prison or killed. Today we don't kill physically we just kill any chance you have of economic survival if you attempt to teach children about intelligent design.
          With regard to eternal life we cannot comprehend it since we only know our time line (past, present and future). We squeeze the process of evolution into our timeline say 14 billion years because it is all we know. We see evolution as singularity=>matter and energy=>universe=>earth=>organics=>"tree of life". Eternal life is not an infinite existence beginning with say baby fintronics who wakes up in heaven. God is eternal is very different from how being in Christ brings about eternal life.

          May 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm |
  17. thefinisher1

    Just read into the beliefs of atheists and you'll get a good laugh. Their beliefs are ridiculous. Get your head into reality atheists!

    May 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Maybe one of these days you will actually say something to support your opinions.
      Oh wait. You aren't capable of reasing which is why thoughtful people scare you so much.

      May 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm |
      • revrung

        Your problem like all pseudo-intellectuals are not facts or reason, it's moral. You don't want to admit there's a God because if you do, you'll have to admit your a sinner. All HONEST Atheists don't deny the historical fact of the existence or even death of Jesus of Nazareth, they only deny they "why"

        May 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm |
        • sam stone

          spend a lot of time on your knees, revrung?

          i guess it's good training for heaven

          eternity on your knees praising jesus

          May 13, 2014 at 6:37 am |
    • TruthPrevails1

      Define Atheist for us and then list our beliefs (if you're not a coward).

      May 12, 2014 at 4:43 am |
      • gulliblenomore

        TP....you've read finishers posts....he's neither intelligent nor coherent enough to define anything. Ramblings make for lousy argument points. I have no beliefs as an atheist....only disbelief. I do not believe there is any god. If I were to get the proof, I would change my mind....but I need much more proof than a musty 2000 year old book written by men.

        May 12, 2014 at 8:54 am |
        • TruthPrevails1

          I know, I've asked this person before what cheap thrill they get from posting such rants with the response being along the lines of the usual rants. Atheism only defines my disbelief in gods, it doesn't define anything else and I'm not certain this 'fooltard' gets that.

          May 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm |
    • kudlak

      thefinisher1
      "Just read into the beliefs of atheists and you'll get a good laugh."

      You find it funny that there's no good evidence to support the belief in God?

      May 12, 2014 at 10:28 am |
    • fintronics

      I believe you are a moron troll ... and you've proved me right!

      May 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm |
  18. mikes605

    "Funny" strange, or "funny" ha-ha?

    May 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm |
  19. karek40

    Most Christian movies are trying to present at least a portion of the gospel (Jesus was the son of God, allowed himself to be killed as a sacrifice for man's sins and was the first raised from the dead with a promise to raise all those who believed and accepted his sacrifice). If a Christian desires to make a comedy without the gospel they can certainly do so. The movie would be a movie you could take your children to without fear.

    May 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      the passion of the christ was a disgusting movie about torture and execution that would give children nightmares.

      May 12, 2014 at 7:32 am |
      • kudlak

        Except for the adolescent boys who watched it repeatedly because of all the gore. Then again, they also watch Jacka$$ movies repeatedly.

        May 12, 2014 at 10:20 am |
  20. Dyslexic doG

    Just read a few chapters of the bible. That'll make you laugh.

    May 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm |
    • fintronics

      Genesis is paticularry funny!

      May 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm |
      • fintronics

        "particularly funny"

        May 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm |
        • ssq41

          "ParticuLARRY" actually is quite funny.

          May 16, 2014 at 4:15 am |
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