With all the controversy surrounding the new Noah movie, many Christians, Jews, and Muslims are wondering whether they should go see the movie that was directed by atheist Darren Aronofsky and stars Russell Crowe in the lead role as the sacred mariner.
On the one side are the cultural anorexics who demand that a movie about the Bible should follow every jot and little detail from the Bible as they interpret it, without any creative license. They tend to yell "boycott!" and seem so hyper-literal in their views that they often miss the deeper poetic meaning of much figurative language in Scripture.
On the other side are the cultural gluttons who tell religious believers to shut up and go see the movie, and be happy with what Hollywood gives us instead of complaining. They tend to lump all criticism into the "angry reactionary Christian" stereotype and seem to be more against their own spiritual family members than the world that rejects their Savior. more >>
Director Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" has stirred controversy far and wide ahead of its release date in recent weeks, and Pastor Rick Warren is the latest to sound off on the film via Twitter over the weekend.
The Aronofksy-directed drama has caused waves after bridging both secularist views and a desire to appeal to religious audiences, and critics are speculating over how closely or loosely "Noah" will adhere to the Bible- including Pastor Warren. On Sunday, the Saddleback Church founder touched on the upcoming film, but in doing so, he inaccurately quoted Aronofsky.
"Director of new 'Noah' movie calls it 'The LEAST biblical film ever made' then uses F word referring to those wanting Bible-based (entertainment)," Warren wrote to his over one million Twitter users on March 16. more >>
Comedian and TV host Bill Maher left his target audience in riotous laughter in a recent rant on his show in which he cursed God, the Bible, the story of Noah and the "stupid" Americans who take Scripture literally.
"No one can blame me when I say this is a stupid country. When 60 percent of the adults in it think the Noah's Ark story is literally true. Which is why I'm already sick of the ads for this floating piece of giraffe crap," said Maher on the "New Rules" segment of his show posted to YouTube Friday.
Maher then goes on to critique the Noah movie expected in theaters March 28, challenging the credibility of the story in mocking tones and ripping Christians for arguing over the storyline of the silver screen adaptation. more >>
Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" testified that the forthcoming film "God's Not Dead," which tells the story of a college student who accepts his professor's challenge to provide a defense for the existence of God and the Christian faith, inspired him and strengthened his own faith.
"I was very impressed with how they made the movie," Robertson told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. "I would definitely say my own faith was strengthened – I was glad to be on the side of the kid defending his faith."
Robertson and his wife Korie play themselves in the film, movie stars interviewed about their faith in God by a reporter also covering the outspoken student's debate with his professor. Since the movie was filmed in separate takes, the actor told CP he had no idea how the story all fit together until he saw the entire film recently. "I thought it was well written and it came together," Robertson said. "It inspired me." more >>
The United Arab Emirates confirmed Thursday that it will not be showing the upcoming "Noah" film in its country, citing a necessary respect for the Islamic religion as the reason the film has been banned.
"There are scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible, so we decided not to show it," Juma Al-Leem, director of media content at the National Media Center in the United Arab Emirates, told the Associated Press this week. "It is important to respect these religions and not show the film."
Paramount Pictures also confirmed to the AP that censors in Bahrain and Qatar also agreed not to show the film in their countries because it violated the teachings of Islam, which state that neither Allah nor prophets of Allah can be personified. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, depicts the biblical story of Noah and his building of an ark to save mankind from a massive flood. more >>
Well, it ain't "Let It Go." At least, that was the first thought that ran though my mind when I saw that yet another amateur "Frozen" had gone viral.
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