God’s not a scriptwriter

I’ve just watched an unintentionally hilarious movie with a bit of sinister blood-cult nonsense at the end. God’s Not Dead demonises atheists and Muslims, apart from the lucky ones who turn to the Christian god.

It was the first of Andrew Seidel’s Atheists At The Movies sessions. A group of us watched at home at the same time and tweeted. You can see our tweets by searching for the hashtag #AATM.

Here are my thoughts as I tweeted them. If you haven’t seen the movie, my tweets will probably make as much sense as if you have seen it. Thanks to Andrew and everyone else who took part.

My tweets during God’s Not Dead

Okay, this had better be good. It’s not on Irish Netflix so I’ve rented it from Apple.

Mark is “Sell, Winthorpe, Sell!”

The writers seem to be projecting fundamentalist Christian approaches to preaching onto Prof Radisson

Why is the Prof asking them to read Descarte’s treatise that is a defence of theism?

The guy with the beard and flag bandana – I’ve had this experience where religious people start off discussing something, then suddenly switch into transmit-only preaching mode

Here we are supposed to realise that god exists and is good, but Muslims are wrong and sinister

Very sensitive bedside manner from the doctor (he must be an atheist)

Atheist businessmen wear suits. Trendy ministers dress casually.

Wow! Prof Radisson is pure evil. All he is missing is horns

Another very sensitive break-up

Why are you doing this? Because Jesus is my friend (with link to Sonseed song)

God wants to intervene, and he has just been watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Women – Know Your limits! (with link to Harry Enfield sketch)

Taking a short break. Hope I don’t miss god appearing.

Okay, I’m back. Another sensitive break-up. “I won’t allow it!” Get those brokers back in here! Turn those machines back on!

This is a very funny movie. I’m surprised Josh got out of that elevator without a knife in his back

That’s a good strategy. When I’m having impromptu exchanges, I always have an animated Dostoevsky slide to hand just in case

Colonel Jessup! Did you order the Code Red?!

DID YOU ORDER THE CODE RED?!

YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Take him away

Oh Captain My Captain

Top Tip – Never cross the road when there is ominous music in the background

What arrogant intrusive nonsense

God’s Not Dead is four words, not three (at its fewest, it’s three and a half)

They’re all joyfully celebrating a god who has just killed someone outside the concert

“What happened here tonight is a cause for celebration,” says the Minister about a man being killed crossing the road

That was a lovely comedy movie, with a bit of sinister blood-cult nonsense at the end. Thanks for setting this up @AndrewLSeidel and thanks to everyone who tweeted

Added Bonus

As an added bonus, I had the following twitter exchange the next morning:

“What happened here tonight is a cause for celebration,” says the Minister about a man being killed crossing the road #AATM

What? Surely not. Am I missing something?

Sorry to alarm you! It was an “Atheists at the Movies” group viewing and tweeting of the movie God’s Not Dead. Hashtag #AATM

Ha! Thank God for that.

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