A Christian college student finds himself in an epic battle with an atheist philosophy professor who threatens to fail him if he refuses to disavow God’s existence.
That’s the premise of “God’s Not Dead,” a feature film opening Friday on more than 800 screens across America.
Actors Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain and “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson are among the recognizable names who appear in the movie in an effort to spark public conversation about God’s existence.
Sorbo, a Christian, plays the non-believing Professor Radisson. He told TheBlaze he hopes the film shows skeptics that “there might be something greater out there.”
The former “Hercules” actor said he thinks the theological themes could speak to those who might question the existence of God and serve as a catalyst for the discovery of faith.
“I think it opens up discussion more than any movie,” he said. “It’s not preaching to the choir … it’s creating a lot of dialogue.”
Sorbo said “God’s Not Dead” tackles both sides of the theological debate, bringing up science that points to God’s existence while also delving into the atheistic view that there is no higher power.
“Agnostics out there who kind of believe, kind of don’t … these are the independent voters,” Sorbo said. “We want them to come over to the right side.”
As for atheist activists who sometimes react negatively to projects like “God’s Not Dead,” Sorbo believes their responses are often times driven by fear.
“I think they’re fearful and [believe] that there must be something out there,” he said of vocal activists. “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten angry over something I don’t believe in. It’s almost weird to me.”
He added, “I think there’s other things going on with these people.”
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But Sorbo made it clear that he has nothing against atheists in general and that he has many non-believing friends whom he described as wonderful people.
He said that the past success of shows like “7th Heaven” and “Touched by an Angel” and films like “The Passion of the Christ” proves that there’s a market for faith-themes projects.
“There’s a huge audience out there that wants [it],” he said.
The release of “God’s Not Dead” comes on the heels of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “Son of God,” the latest in a slew of Christian-themed movies hitting theaters in 2014 in what some critics have dubbed “the year of the Bible.”
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