Controversy floods East Texas over the movie 'Noah'
POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 4:40pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — 'Noah' is an $130 million movie that's an epic retelling of the biblical story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood. Starring in the film are big names like Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Connelly. Director Darren Aronofsky is an atheist, and said this is "the least biblical, biblical film ever made." Some Christians are flooded with anger. Paramount is being force to put out a statement explaining it is "inspired by the story of Noah," and "the biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis." Aronofsky portrays Noah as an "environmentalist," and refers to God as 'the creator' instead of God.
KETK sat down with a local minister, and some East Texans to see what they though. Father Matt Boulter disagrees with the negativity surrounding the film. He said he's "very grateful that we have atheists making great films that are about stories out of the bible, it's a great thing." Boulter shares the concerns about atheism, and environmentalism associated with this movie, but he believes "the story of the scriptures is so big and so vast that its able to its able to encompass all of that."
Boulter said anything that brings up talk about God is good. "I think want God wants out of this is for people to be engaged in dialogue about what does this story mean," said Boulter. He also sees human creativity as an avenue for god's work. According to Boulter, even though Aronofsky is an atheist, he is still doing God's work. God" has gifted each one of us with a vocation and a calling to work," said Boulter. Taliah VanderLeest, an East Texan and Christian, agrees saying "even if its not a Christian director, that doesn't mean that God can't use the truths that are in it to change somebody's life who's watching."
However, not everyone feels that way. Rebecca Brown, a devout Christian, refuses to see the movie. "I've heard that it portrays Noah differently than what the bible portrays him," and to Brown, "it would be difficult to understand how an atheist, someone that doesn't believe in God, can write a biblical story accurately."
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