Do you choose God, or an ape? Movie tackles evolution, creation debate

Publisher’s note: This movie promotes the Gospel. Even though it presents the evolution debate, its ultimate goal is to demonstrate God’s existence and prove that evolution is a lie.

By JASON REYNOLDS

Tennessee Christian News

Coming soon to a theater near you: A movie on the creation vs. evolution debate. Don’t delay, or you’ll miss your chance to watch the film.
“A Matter of Faith” will play for one showing only at the Capri Theater at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, said filmmaker Dave Christiano, of Nashville. The movie will show on both screens at the Capri, for a total seating of more than 500.

The Feb. 7 screening was the only date available at the Capri since the limited-release movie cannot interfere with the Capri’s other showings, said Christiano, who made the film with his brother Rich.

The Shelbyville screening is being coordinated with Calvary Baptist Church, Christiano said. The New Duck River Baptist Association is also involved, said Dr. Tim Key, associational director of missions. The Baptist association is working with individual churches to buy blocks of tickets, Key said. If the churches do not sell out the screenings, tickets will be available at the Capri, he said. If the movie does well on Feb. 7, Key said he hopes it can be shown longer here.

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“But our goal is to sell out that Saturday,” Key said. “A couple of churches are on board and have bought 100 tickets each.”

Relevant message

Key said he has watched “A Matter of Faith,” and it is an excellent movie. The topic of a Christian youth dealing with a testing of her faith is a very relevant message, he said.

“People have enjoyed the story line and the way it was presented,” Key said. “It’s very engaging.”

The story line involves a Christian teenager attending college for her freshman year, according to Christiano. The student begins to be influenced by her popular biology professor who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When the teen’s father senses something changing with his daughter, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers catches him completely off guard. Now very concerned about his daughter drifting away from her Christian faith, he tries to do something about it.

“A Matter of Faith” may initially sound very similar to “God’s Not Dead,” Christiano said, but other than having a debate, the films are different. His movie, he said, delivers more of a Gospel message.

“We wanted to make a film that brought the issue of creation vs. evolution to the forefront,” Christiano said in a press release. “A film that would be fair to both sides and allow the viewer to make a choice. What bothers me is that the idea of evolution is taught in our schools and universities across this great land of ours basically as a matter of ‘fact.’ But, no one can prove evolution since no one was present in the beginning to witness it, just as no person was there at the beginning to witness creation. Therefore, both of these teachings become a matter of ‘faith,’ not fact. One of the purposes of the film is to create some intelligent conversation about this issue.

“If a person believers in evolution, they will hear their side presented, but our hope is that they will see the lie that it is,” he said. “This movie, which presents both sides of the issue, is hoping people can see the lie of evolution and embrace God, creation and Christ.”

“A Matter of Faith” stars Jordan Trovillion, Jay Pickett (“General Hospital”), three-time Emmy nominee Harry Anderson (“Night Court,” “Dave’s World) and Clarence Gilyard  (“Matlock,” “Walker, Texas Ranger”).

Endorsements

Many Christian leaders, such as Ray Comfort and Ken Ham, are endorsing its biblical message, according to a press release by Christiano.

“Heartwarming, educational, God-honoring, and timely”, said Ray Comfort.

“We don’t endorse very many movies, not even many of those that are supposedly Christian based,” Ken Ham explained, “but we are fully behind A Matter of Faith!”

Harry Anderson, wanted to play Professor Kaman, who is the atheistic biology teacher in the film.  “I really liked the script,” Anderson told the producers, “it was very fair.”

The film has shown in similar limited-availability formats at 40 theaters since its release last September, Christiano said, and more cities are constantly being added. He said he hopes to show the film soon in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Christiano said it is very expensive to show a movie in a theater setting, which is why he is doing limited releases.

Next film in the works

“A Matter of Faith” is the 14th film by the Christiano Brothers, who started making movies in 1985. They recently finished shooting their 15th movie, “Power of the Air.” That film, which has no release date yet, features Nicholas X. Parsons, Patty Duke, Michael Gross, Tracy Goode and Karyn Williams. This movie deals with the power of Hollywood films and the negative influence they have on viewers, and is based on a series of messages that Dave Christiano has delivered at numerous churches, including Calvary Baptist in Shelbyville.

“My challenge to Christians is to not attend films that curse the name of Christ,” Christiano said. “On Saturday night Christians watch his name get cursed in a movie theater and on Sunday they praise His name. Christians don’t think anything of it.”

To bring this movie to your city go to this page: http://www.amatteroffaithmovie.com/bring-to-my-city/

BE WATCHING SOON FOR A FOLLOWUP STORY ON DAVE CHRISTIANO AND HIS FILMMAKING.

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