What now seems like it was just a trickle of opinion leading into the opening of the Noah movie over the weekend became a flood of viewpoints from all over the websphere on Monday, including blog posts that dissected every nuance of the Darren Aronofsky film.
Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and author of the biblical fantasy Noah Primeval, said after he wrote a pre-review of the movie based on an early script nearly a couple years ago, that he "became Satan for Paramount and its elitist director of dark unsympathetic sick and twisted heroes, Darren Aronofsky."
His review of the actual movie came after seeing it with the general public this past weekend. more >>
The Bible Society has been banned from placing a 50-foot, inflatable whale in a park near England's Tower Bridge to represent the biblical story of Jonah and the whale.
The Potters Fields Park Management Trust recently denied the U.K.-based Bible Society's request to erect the inflatable whale at London's Potters Fields Park. The whale was going to serve as a place where children could see actors re-enact the Old Testament story of a whale swallowing the prophet Jonah, and the attraction was to stay in the park during the summer months while children were out of school.
As the Bible Society states on its website, the giant inflatable whale was used at Potters Fields Park before as part of an unrelated pirate exhibit. The Christian group, which seeks to spread Bible education in schools, media, and politics, was hoping to erect the giant whale exhibit as part of its Pass It On campaign that encourages parents to teach their children stories from the Bible. more >>
Based on the hundreds of responses to my recent blog posts about the Paramount Pictures movie Noah, here's what we should do: prepare for the end of Christianity. After Friday's opening, be ready for millions of Christians to turn away from the faith.
This movie will be the most catastrophic event since the crucifixion. We thought all that pesky persecution of the early church during the Roman era was rough, or the gulags in Soviet Russia and North Korea, or the outlawed Church in China or burning churches in Muslim countries. But that's nothing compared to the onslaught of Darren Aronofsky and his team.
Hollywood has finally won the battle. I think we held on pretty well for 2,000 years since the time of Jesus, but based on the folks responding to my blog, the gospel message just isn't that strong, and this movie will tip us over the edge. more >>
As the anticipated Darren Aronofsky film "Noah" hit theaters on Friday, debate in the Christian community over the movie's biblical accuracy continued and critics remained divided.
Faith Driven Consumer, which already had a negative impression of the film before its release, insisted that Aronofsky's movie "misses the boat," and gave it a faith-friendly rating of 2 stars out of 5, based on categories including overall faith or biblical relevance, faith-compatible characters and relationships, faith-compatible situations, family viewing suitability and entertainment value.
"Having now seen 'Noah,' we are disappointed to report that the film misses the boat," wrote founder Chris Stone. "'Noah' is a significant departure both from the Biblical narrative and message, and Faith Driven Consumers are likely not going to spend their hard-earned dollars on an entertainment product that fails to resonate." more >>
I'm the "little guy" who wrote a blog post critiquing an early draft of the Noah script because of my own research into the subject matter. Well, when things went south in the studio screenings of the movie with religious audiences, the blood hound media scoured the internet for negative quotes, found my post, and it went viral.
I thus became Satan for Paramount and its elitist director of dark unsympathetic sick and twisted heroes, Darren Aronofsky.
I finally saw the movie. And now I know why Paramount and its hired Christian marketers would not let me into an early screening to correct my analysis of the early script of Noah. more >>
The American Bible Society has put its 12-story NYC headquarters up for sale to "unlock the value of the site" to further the nonprofit's mission, according to its board chairman. The value of the property, located near other prime real estate, was estimated to be at least $300 million.
"The 1865 Broadway property has served us well for nearly 50 years. The decision to sell the property was made to unlock the value of the site to further the mission of American Bible Society," said ABS Board Chairman Pieter Dearolf in a press release. "As we approach a third century of mission, we are laying the groundwork for the next 100 years of inviting people to experience the life-changing message of the Bible."
Geof Morin, chief communications officer for ABS, told The Christian Post via email Thursday that the board had been mulling a move "for many years, driven more strongly in the last 12 months with a closer horizon to mandated facility upgrade costs and rising marketplace values for this neighborhood." more >>