Wesley Weekly #56 – Critique of God’s Not Dead

Hello Everyone, and welcome back to another week at the Wesley Foundation at MSU.

We’re continuing on with our theme on religious influence in media, examining both positive and negative examples.

So stick around to see what we’re looking at this week.

What you may have missed…

Last week we finished up our discussions on the religious and moral philosophical concepts contained in the sitcom “The Good Place”.

In the end we evaluated what would constitute a good moral philosophy and why. Ultimately we pinpointed the central virtue that leads to a good life and death, and that is one based on love.

Regardless of which primary moral system of thought a person adheres to, virtue ethics, consequentialism, deontology, all of them will eventually have to be nuanced in their application, and the manner in which positive nuance occurs is through love.

“The Good Place” is a remarkable work of art, and its depiction of human morality is one of the best in popular culture.

This Week

This week, we are evaluating a bad example of religion in media through the movie “God’s Not Dead”.

The premise of this movie takes place in a fictional (in more ways than one) version of a philosophy class in which students must sign a pledge that “God is dead”, except for the one student who refuses and then makes his case over a few class periods.

Unfortunately, both the premise and execution inevitably cheapen what faith actually is, and the philosophy behind it.

However, the discussion will center around the question, “What are good examples of what is being addressed here?”

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