, Corbin, KY

March 24, 2014

‘God’s Not Dead’ now in theaters

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — You won’t see me promoting too many movies here in my column, but there is one movie that was released in theaters this weekend that everyone should check out.

It is called, “God’s Not Dead,” and hit the big screen Friday.

The movie is about a present-day college freshman and devout Christian named Josh Wheaton who finds his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson.

Radisson begins class by informing students they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade.

As other students in the class begin scribbling the words, “God Is Dead,” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh finds himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future.

Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor.

As a result, Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class.

If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals.

With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes.

Can he actually prove the existence of God?

Wouldn’t it just be easier to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him?

“God’s Not Dead” weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action.

The film will educate, entertain and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.

Josh is played by Shane Harper who is a quadruple threat — singer, actor, dancer and songwriter.

He began working as a professional dancer in the entertainment industry when he was just 13, appearing as a principal dancer in High School Musical 2, and in Nickelodeon’s show, “Dance on Sunset.”

Shane transitioned into acting, and is recurring on the hit Disney Channel show, “Good Luck Charlie,” for all four seasons. He guest starred on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and “So Random.” He also guest starred in a four-episode arc for the scripted MTV series, “Awkward.”

Professor Radisson is played by Kevin Sorbo who starred alongside Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood in the movie “Soul Surfer,” the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack while surfing. In addition to “Soul Surfer,” Sorbo has appeared in such TV shows as “Two and a Half Men,” “Psych,” “Hawaii 5-0” and “According to Jim.”

Also featured in the film are Willie and Korie Robertson who we all know from the hit TV show, “Duck Dynasty.” Dean Cain from TV’s “Lois and Clark” is also in the movie and plays a character named Mark.

And if you’re familiar with the contemporary Christian music scene, you will recognize the band, Newsboys, who make a cameo appearance and provide a big chunk of the soundtrack, including their hit song, “God’s Not Dead.”

With the stellar cast and soundtrack combined with an inspiring message, this film is an absolute must-see. It will also be a great movie to take your lost friends and loved ones to, and show them that God is not dead.

According to the Tri-County Cineplex listing from Friday’s edition of the Times-Tribune, “God’s Not Dead” will be showing at least through March 27. Check for complete listings.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at