Coming to even more theaters near you: the Christian-based film, 'God's Not Dead'

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  • laural Worcester, MA
    April 3, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    @Stormwalker "A testimony is a personal belief that a subjective feeling had a divine meaning". I used to think that what it is, and I suspect that is how most people define it. But a true testimony is more than that.

    @TylerD, obtaining AV true

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    April 3, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    @laural: "A testimony is more than a personal belief."

    A testimony, in the religious sense, is the very essence of "personal belief." It comes from personal feelings - the burning in the bosom or getting tearful while telling about some even in your life or some other physical sensation.

    If a testimony was evidence of some unseen-yet-real experience, then testimony would lead to the same place. Yet, as it is, testimony leads to the acceptance or rejection of Mormonism, to ecstatic experiences in Pentecostals, visions of Mary for Catholics, the touch of the God and Goddess for Pagans, absolute belief in Allah-and-Mohammed-as-his-Prophet for Muslims, communication with Ascended Masters for certain New Age groups, and communication with the dead for Spiritualists. .

    A testimony is a personal belief that a subjective feeling has a divine meaning and connects a person to something transcendent. It is subjective and is hardly evidence.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 3, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    SCfan, Think about it and take one step back. Where did god come from to create all the matter you speak of. It is a case of which came first the chicken or the egg. In Mormonism the believe is that the egg came first.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    April 3, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    @laural – “A testimony is more than a personal belief.”

    I’ve always been curious about this and understand your point from a certain perspective (e.g., I have a “testimony” that I love my wife but have no idea how to prove that in a scientifically verifiable manner).

    Still I find this idea deeply troubling regarding the existence of God. It seems to me that a human being discovering the existing of a supreme being would be the most earth shaking event of that person’s life. I would think anyone who has had such an experience would be so utterly convinced that doubt would be non-existent… forever.

    So then why if this is true do people ever lose their faith or even while being faithful, need to have their testimony “strengthened?”

    Even on my worst days I still know the sky is blue. If your testimony is providing you the knowledge you claim, I would think your conviction would be like my “sky is blue” times about a million.

    But why in practice does that not seem to be so?

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    April 3, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    If I ever got into a debate about the existance of God, (or to be more succinct, an intelligent designer) I'd end the debate by asking one question of the skeptics. Where did all the matter that makes up the universe come from? Until that question can be answered, no further discussion is necessary. The fact of the existance of matter requires creation. Otherwise the whole universe would exist as total nothingness. Not one particle.

    And of course I won't mention the existance of everything else within that matter that creates the universe. The four forces, like gravity, the strong and weak forces, ect. The different elements that allow biological life. All the miracles that come together and work in harmony to allow such. I mean, what if all the matter in the universe were just one element. Hydrogen for instance. We have the entire recipe for both the animate and inanimate. No, I won't even mention all that.

  • laural Worcester, MA
    April 3, 2014 10:00 a.m.


    A testimony is more than a personal belief. Anyone who has one understands what that means. Anybody can have a testimony that God exist, no matter what doctrine one follows or even if none is followed.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 3, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    Laurel, a testimony without evidence is not prove, it is a personal believe. Testimonies and personal believes often conflict, i.e. Mormons vs Muslims .

  • laural Worcester, MA
    April 3, 2014 4:56 a.m.

    It was commented that no one can prove or disprove God's existence. This is not entirely accurate. Every person can gain a testimony (prove) for him or herself that God exists, but no one can prove that God does not exist.

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    April 2, 2014 3:06 p.m.

    I watched the trailers for this film, seems pretty trite and meaningless. A college freshman is challenged by a professor to defend his belief in god. Pretty weak plot, but suitable for the weak acting therein. I'm glad they brought Phil Robertson's son in for a quick shot, that's the biggest star in this weak show.

    No one can prove that god doesn't exist, just as no one can prove the antithesis, that god does exist. This same logical argument can be applied to Zeus, Thor, Ares, dragons, vampires, and unicorns. Kevin Sorbo isn't going to convince anyone, he just looks like a bad actor.

  • Brother Dave Livermore, CA
    April 2, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    I saw the movie on Monday. I liked it. Plan on seeing it again to catch some of the more subtle details. It does promote the Contemporary Christian Music culture somewhat at the
    end of the movie.

    Good movie for those who lost their faith.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    April 2, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    If knocking down straw men arguments and confirming your own beliefs & prejudices is want you want (and apparently many do given the ratings of certain media outlets) then by all means see this movie - and this assessment should be obvious given the article quote by Kevin Sorbo

    If instead you want to see the best arguments made by both sides, there are some excellent debates available via podcast (any with Sam Harris or Christopher Hitchens representing the atheist position are usually quite good).

    Also, The God Debates by John Shook is about as unbiased a presentation as I’ve seen in book form.