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Faith Based Films Flood the Screen

Friday, April 18, 2014

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You might get away with skipping church, if you go to the movies instead.

This week, “Heaven is for Real,” starring Greg Kinnear, hits theaters. It's the fourth biblical or faith-based film to go into wide release this year, and it won’t be the last.

In total, we’ll see about over half a dozen faith-based films in wide release this year, including the big budget “Noah” to more modestly budgeted films like “God’s Not Dead.”

Kristen Meinzer from the Movie Date podcast said it could be a matter of money (especially following the success of the History Channel’s 10-part series "The Bible") or timing.

“A lot of people especially in conservative Christian communities and Tea Partiers might feel like their values are under attack right now. Now might be a good time, in their hearts...to put those messages out,” Meinzer said.

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Benoit Balz from NY

You got that right --- money, money, money is what drives this cynical drivel.

The real Jesus, if he indeed existed, is likely rolling in His grave at all this commercialism and propaganda for profit.

The need to believe evidently spurs impulsive spending decisions, just look at the proliferation of "special issue" magazines featuring Jesus beckoning from supermarket check-out line racks.

The funniest line was equating the burgeoning market for Bible films to Tea Baggers feeling under threat from progressive culture. Ha! That was the best and truest thing I've heard in a radio in quite a while.

Apr. 18 2014 08:42 PM

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