Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Non-Believers: Do You Hate God or Love Satan?

The new Christian movie, "God's Not Dead," demonstrates both that these people don't really know what Nietzsche meant when he penned those words, and their version of Christianity can't survive without excessive confirmation bias. In other words, it's an exercise in both willful ignorance and closed-mindedness. I failed to mention previously that, along with Superman (Dean Cain) and Hercules (Kevin Sorbo), Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty (a fictional character in his own right) is also in the film, as... himself, spreading the Word of the Lord Jesus.

Spreading the message of their faith is one thing. If this were simply a film about God, like "The Ten Commandments" or "The Passion of the Christ," I probably wouldn't care. But when they try to share their message in a disingenuous way that incorrectly casts a negative light on non-believers, that's when I take notice. Kevin Sorbo's professor character is a hyperbolic misrepresentation ripped right out of the pages of a Chick Tract.

This is how all atheists act. All of them. Every single one.
A bunch of Christians will walk away from this movie with their persecution complex confirmed and their view reaffirmed that non-believers are confused, empty God-haters whose non-belief must be due to some tragedy or bad life experience, rather than an honest evaluation of the data. These Christians will believe that this movie is doing their faith a service, but in reality it's casting Christians in a poor light. The non-fundamentalist Christians (and there are several Christians whom I respect as thinkers) will be embarrassed that this movie is being associated with their worldview.

Speaking of embarrassment - and Jack Chick - another film is heading our way this August: Dark Dungeons, a movie adaptation of the 1984 Jack Chick Tract of the same name. It documents the evils and dangers of RPGs... Role-Playing Games. You know, Dungeons & Dragons. 20-sided dice. Wizards and swords and the stuff of geeks. Innocent fun.

Or is it?

Apparently, RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons are a gateway to the occult, witchcraft, and sexy people who wear a lot of black. 


This is how all people who play Dungeons & Dragons look. All of them. Every single one.
I'll be honest: this movie looks awesome. Some of my readers know I've been playing Magic: the Gathering since my college days, and I've played RPGs of all kinds since Junior High. Like many gamers of my generation, I started with Dungeons & Dragons. I don't need to say that the role-players in Dark Dungeons are less than accurate representations of actual gamers. I would also like to stress that the image of the stereotypical gamer geek isn't necessarily accurate either. Whether a person believes gamers are socially inept awkward males with poor hygiene or servants of the Dark Lord Satan, they are basing their presumptions on an insufficient understanding of reality - just like the folks behind the "God's Not Dead" movie. Dungeons & Dragons doesn't lead to satanic rituals. All philosophy professors aren't constantly angry at God and hateful toward Christians.

If you don't understand that, you've failed your perception roll.

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