College philosophy professor Mr. Radissons curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.
Radisson finds the topic of religion painful because his Christian mother died when he was 12, though he had prayed and begged God to spare her life. This may be what led him to study philosophy so in depth that he ultimately became a philosophy professor, but his desire to now avoid the topic of religion does not mesh well with his career as a philosophy professor. His anger at God has him requesting his students quote Friedrich Nietzsche and, in exchange, he promises to allow them to skip the chapter on religion. This is not the only clue the movie makers give that they have read atheist material extensively. Radisson tells Josh that if he wont reach a consensus with the class, he must prove God is not dead. Radisson had already explained this was a metaphor and, taken in the context of Nietzsches point, Josh does an excellent job of proving this. Radisson promises Josh that he will keep his comments to a minimum (Radisson wont debate Josh), though Josh begins his argument practically begging for the most common atheist argument when he says "I say you cant prove God does not exist". Radisson promised he would not debate Josh, and he keeps this promise. We are given more clues as to why when we discover Radisson married a Christian and his hostility towards God roots from his love for his Christian mother.
|nudity||There are several scenes throughout the film that display women wearing tight/little cloththing, especially among the extras.|
|violence||3/10 In one scene, a father slaps his daughter's face. She falls to the floor then crawls to the next room where her father hits her again. The daughter falls to the floor again and father picks her up from the floor and puts his hand behind his daughter's neck (while going downstairs) until she is out the front door. A professor is hit by a car and thrown into the air before landing, fatally injured.|
|profanity||1/10 just one use of "crap"|
|alcohol||1/10 A dinner party scene shows adults sipping stale wine. No other alcohol use. No drug use.|
|frightening||3/10 A man is hit by a car. A father hits his college daughter in the face twice. A woman hears that she will die and has an emotional breakdown.|