In advance of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, Christian commentators are speaking out about the film’s lack of biblical accuracy.
"Biblically themed movies from many years ago (such as The Ten Commandments) were reasonably true to the biblical text, even though they took a bit of artistic license. But we've been noticing in recent times that movies based on biblical themes (such as Noah) are not just inaccurate, but seem to totally disrespect the Bible," Ham writes on his blog. "The directors don't seem interested in accurately portraying the events as recorded but in using the events for a drama that puts the Bible and the characters in a bad light."
Ham isn’t alone.
In June, a Christian News Service/NICAEA Movie poll conducted by American Insights found 79 percent of Christians and 71 percent of all adults say, "The Biblical accuracy of the story is important" when deciding whether to see a faith-based movie.
Charles Parlato, producer of NICAEA a film about the rise of Christianity slated to release in early 2016, partnered with Christian News Service and American Insights to conduct the poll.
Parlato commented on the recent words of the principals in "Exodus" and the Nicaea poll.
"The (poll's) respondents' instinctual concern with 'historical accuracy' is not some poorly formed and unnecessary concern with Biblical or historical dramas," said Parlato. "Their concern flows from the rewriting of history and the destruction of societal standards that result. Remaking Moses does more than simply change the profile of an ancient figure. It actually calls into question all Biblical recorded history. The result: History, like everything else today, is to be molded into modern digestible form. The ultimate end game of this process is that there is no ancient authority that controls our modern world. Modernity is its own authority. In this case, that authority lies with the producers of Exodus, Those who win the battles of the past, win the battles of the present and future. Writing history, in all of its forms, is the front-line in all battles of the present and future."
Publication date: November 25, 2014