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Friday, February 17, 2006

Christian Movies? 

For the Friday Top Ten, today you have the chance to provide the rankings. I would like to take a little poll thingy and have you answer the following questions based on these movies which were aimed at Christian audiences, portrayed Christian people, or dealt with Christian themes:

  1. Did you see it?
    (1=refused, 2=disinterested, 3=ambivalent, 4=interested, 5=saw it)

  2. Did you like it?
    (1=hated it, 2=wouldn't recommend it, 3=wouldn't see it again, 4=would recommend it, 5=loved it)

  3. Did it honor God?
    (1=blasphemous, 2=dishonoring, 3=secular, 4=positive, 5=God was pleased)

  4. Did it represent Christians accurately?
    (1=totally off base, 2=whackos, 3=neutral, 4=good people, 5=salt and light)

Obviously if you've never heard of the movie, don't answer the questions, and if you didn't see it, only answer the first one. If you have other movies that should have been in this list, feel free to suggest 'em.

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The Mission - 5,4,4,3
Bruce Almighty - 5,3,1,3
Left Behind - 5,2,4,5
The Passion - 3
A Walk To Remember - 5,3,3,4
Jonah - 5,4,4,5
Chariots of Fire - 5,3,5,5
Narnia - 5,5,4,5
Saved - 4
At Play In the Fields of the Lord - 5,2,3,2


the mission - don't know it.
bruce almighty - 1, refused! just seemed sacraligious (didn't he blow up a girl's skirt with his powers?)
left behind - 5,3,5,5
the passion - 5,4,5,4
a walk to remember - 4,4,4,4
jonah - 5,4,5,5
chariots of fire - seen it, but it was so long ago i don't remember it.
narnia - 5,4,4,3 (it's an allegory-i wouldn't necessarily consider the children christians)
saved - don't know it
at play in the fields of the Lord - don't know it.


Bruce Almighty 5,4,2,3
I'm not sure I would skip it on those grounds, I think If I had God's powers I would also do a lot of selfish/foolish things. It was an interesting look at how different God's ideas are from ours. However it did have theological statements that defied scripture.

Left Behind 5,2,4,5
Poor Production

The Passion 5,4,5,4
Good film, actually I wrote a college paper on how a film should accurately and graphically show the crucifixtion so that we would have a better fuller understanding of the sacrificial act. A few Catholic mysticism bits made its way into the film but they were tolerable.

Narnia 5,3,4,3
I agree the characters were not shown to be Christian and therefore neutral.

Saved 5,4,3,3ish
I think the movie correctly showed some Christians it was dealing more with hypocritical and backsliding Christians and I feel that that group was handled somewhat well, however the movie lacked some solid Christian characters and a few non-Christian ideas permeate. I would recommend to Christians to watch any film in which non-Christians are trying to grapple with these ideas even if they come to the wrong conclusions.

Dean McCarthy


It's been a long time since I've seen some of these, but I could still defend my rating for each, I think.

Mission, 3
Bruce Almighty 5, 5, 4, 4
Left Behind 5, 1, 3, 2
The Passion 5, 4, 5, 5
A Walk To Remember 5, 4, 4, 5
Jonah, 3
Chariots of Fire 5, 3, 3, 2
Narnia 5, 4, 4, 4
Saved 5, 3, 3, 2
At Play in the Fields...3


CJ, I'm intrigued by your ratings, and I'm wondering how you saw Christians portrayed as whackos in Chariots of Fire and yet salt and light in Walk to Remember? I also was interested to hear if you thought there were other movies that could or should be categorized as Christian (based on the criteria I outlined)?


How about -

The Last Temptation of Christ
The Big Kahuna
Keeping the Faith
Boys of Summer 1
The Stand

or maybe a Christian/Catholic based horror film like
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
or The Exorcist

and a few that might slightly qualify like
The Messenger
or the first Matrix



I suggest adding the movie "Luther" to the list... one of the best movies I've seen in the last year.


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