"Noah" Director Darren Aronofsky has responded to accusations that the titular character was portrayed as an "environmental wacko" in his movie, by arguing that in the Bible, Noah saved animals, not babies, on the ark.
"It's in Genesis," Aronofsky said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour posted on Tuesday. "Noah is saving the animals; he's not out there saving innocent babies, he's saving the animals, he's saving creation." more >>
The Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla., is currently embroiled in controversy after a Bible honoring missing soldiers and prisoners of war was removed from one of the base's dining halls earlier this month.
The Bible was a part of a "Missing Man Table," a tradition in the U.S. Armed Forces meant to honor servicemen who did not return from combat, either because they are missing or prisoners of war. The vacant table is set up in some Armed Forces' dining halls in the U.S., and includes a plain white table cloth, an inverted glass, a single red rose, a yellow ribbon, a candle, a plate with lemon and salt, and a Bible.
The purpose of the Bible is to "[represent] the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God," according to the Air Force Chiefs website. more >>
As "Noah" hit theaters nationwide this past weekend, author Jeff Kinley suggested that the modern world may be exercising the same End Times behavior that God alluded to in the biblical account of Noah. Kinley noted that the film's failure to use the word "God" proves the world is living in a "godless culture."
Kinley, author of As It Was in the Days of Noah, told Fox News on Monday that in the Bible, God points to several things that will signify the End Times, including a godless culture, senseless violence, rampant immorality, and falling away from a true faith.
"When Jesus' disciples came to him, they asked him, 'Lord, what will be the sign of your Second Coming at the end of the age,' and Christ responded by basically overviewing several of the events that we find in the book of the Revelation," Kinley explained. "But then he pauses and he says, 'Guys, it's going to be just as it was in the days of Noah.'" more >>
Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore has commented on the notable box office success of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," noting that critics like Creation Museum's Ken Ham are a "vocal minority."
"There are two groups of people: one that is excited that Hollywood has made a blockbuster based on the Bible and book of Genesis, and a small vocal minority who don't think it's OK to make a movie that isn't literal and who don't have the respect to let people evaluate it for themselves. Darren took a lot of creative license in telling a story from the Bible," Moore told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
He added that Ken Ham "has become the guy who continues to take to the microphone criticizing the film ... and who has tried to keep the spotlight on himself. But there are a lot of credible religious leaders, including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference), who have come out saying this is a movie people should see." more >>
On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty.
"The single biggest frustration I've had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force," the general told lawmakers. "It is not true."
If that's true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man Table at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The removal of the Good Book was first reported by the Gannett-owned newspaper Florida Today. more >>
According to Pastor Mark Driscoll, "Noah was not a good guy but a graced guy." In fact, "The most common way Christians butcher the story of Noah is by misreading what the Bible actually says."
Let's take a look at what the Bible actually says to evaluate these strong claims.
Genesis 6:8 states that, "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." In stark contrast, v. 8 reads, "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD." more >>