When is a Christian film not a Christian film?
When it changes the Bible narrative upon which it is based.
Two upcoming films to be released in time for Lent take on a couple of epic biblical characters: Jesus and Noah. They are generating a very different buzz leading up to their premiers.

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Iowa State’s decision to ban the Bible reminds me of their decision in 2005 to deny tenure to a former faculty member, Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of “The Privileged Planet.” Mr. Guillermo’s book made the case for “intelligent design,” a politically-incorrect view in academia dominated by atheists. Even though Mr. Gonzalez didn’t teach this philosophy in his classroom, 124 members faculty signed a petition denouncing intelligent design, reinforcing their hostility to all things religious.

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“My experience is that there are more Christians in this town than you would imagine and having made the series has given people permission to speak about faith. People are reacting to us by stepping up to us with a handshake and saying thank you for making the show and sharing that it has touched their lives. It has brought us together in faith.”
She and her husband are building on their success with another Bible-based production, “The Son of God,” this one a feature film …

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Tom and I have been watching “The Bible” on the History Channel by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. We looked forward to it with great anticipation and planned our Sunday nights around it. We enjoyed the first episode or two, but last night I gave up on it before the show ended and will not be watching the final two episodes.

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