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Friday, February 7, 2014

Film: Brad Thor's "Athena Project" to Star UFC Champ Ronda Rousey

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2014, 06:26 PM

FoxSports reports:

Athena Project could be huge for Rousey, according to Variety. The magazine speculates that it could become a franchise, giving the UFC champ "a chance to become the female action star Hollywood is lacking."

The book is about a top-secret, all-female Delta Force counter-terrorism team sent to hunt and kill a terrorist after a bombing in Rome that kills 20 Americans.

Rousey was introduced to Thor over the phone while she was filming The Expendables 3 in September. Rousey fell in love with The Athena Project book and developed a rapport with Thor, attaching herself to the movie before it even had a studio involved, sources told Variety.

Here is Brad Thor's website.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

YouTube: Trailer for D'Souza's New Film "America"

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2014, 12:02 PM

Paul Bond writes at The Hollywood Reporter:

The filmmakers behind Dinesh D'Souza's upcoming doc have vowed to press on while their star defends himself after his indictment on federal charges that he violated campaign finance laws in 2012.

On Sunday, they released a trailer for the move, America, that is set for release on July 4. . . . ["being released in time for the 4t of July," D'Souza says in the trailer].

In America, D'Souza -- who wrote and produced the film -- makes the claim that 1960s radical leftism is more or less indistinguishable from current mainstream liberalism, a doctrine that he says preaches the United States is the product of "stealing and plunder" from Native Americans, Mexicans, and African-American slaves.

"I want to take this progressive, leftist critique head on," D'Souza says in the trailer. The movie will include re-creations of some of the major events in American history.

"America is directed by John Sullivan and co-produced by Gray Frederickson, who won an Oscar for producing The Godfather Part IIand Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for Schindler's List. D'Souza and Sullivan co-directed 2016: Obama's America," THR reports.

Click here to view the trailer (3 minutes, 1 second) on YouTube.

"Question Authority" should be the motto of every free-thinking American and of every free-thinking human being.

If this documentary lives up to what is promised in the trailer, it should be a very powerful treatment more than a little worrisome to the Obama administration and its allies in media, Hollywood, politics, and academy. "Test everything."

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Pulp Nonfiction: Why Are Zombies Still Alive and Kicking?

By Rick Pearcey • October 28, 2013, 07:34 AM

Writing at BBC.com, Nicholas Barber takes a shot at explaining why "there's no end of love of zombies": 

It can’t be a coincidence . . . that zombies are in vogue during a period when banks are failing, when climate change is playing havoc with weather patterns, and when both terrorist bombers and global corporations seem to be beyond the reach of any country’s jurisdiction. It can’t be a coincidence, either, that the fourth season of The Walking Dead got off to its hugely successful start just weeks after the United States federal government shut down.

Or it may be that a braindead U.S. federal government -- alive to power but not to the rules of freedom (the Constitution, the Declaration, unalienable rights "endowed" by the Creator, not by Washington, D.C., etc.) -- is of far greater concern to "The Walking Living" than is a merely temporary federal shutdown affecting only part of that nefarious creature from the Potomac lagoon.

Barber continues:

"We’re living in very uncertain times," says Max Brooks, who wrote the book on which the World War Z film is based. "People have a lot of anxiety about the future. They’re constantly being battered with these very scary, very global catastrophes. I think a lot of people think the system is breaking down and just like the 1970s, people need a 'safe place' to explore their apocalyptic worries. They can’t read stories about real plagues or nuclear war. That’s too scary. That’ll make them turn away. Zombie stories give people the opportunity to witness the end of the world they’ve been secretly wondering about while, at the same time, allowing themselves to sleep at night because the catalyst of that end is fictional."

"Zombies embody the great contemporary fear -- and, for some people, the great contemporary fantasy -- that we’ll soon be surrounded by ravenous strangers, with only a shotgun to defend ourselves," Barber concludes. "Compared to that, facing a werewolf or a vampire is a breeze."

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Chuck Norris Says This Film Kicks!

By Rick Pearcey • September 4, 2012, 12:39 PM

From Chuck Norris:

"One by one, we have lost the freedoms that our forefathers, our brothers in arms and my son died for," says the main character in a movie that my wife, Gena, and I have been waiting eagerly to see in theaters. It opens nationwide Friday, Sept. 14, coinciding with the Sept. 11 commemoration of Patriot Day.

We are very excited to announce that Last Ounce of Courage is the first theatrical motion picture to be awarded with my "Chuck Norris Seal of Approval," in promotion of this independent film.

As the PR Newswire release explained, "Last Ounce of Courage is an intergenerational story of a grieving father inspired by his grandson to take a stand for faith and freedom against a tide of apathy and vanishing liberty. . . . Alongside fellow citizens of courage, faith and integrity, he champions the cherished principles we the people hold dear."

The film stars Marshall Teague (Road House, The Rock, and Armageddon), Fred Williamson (Black Caesar), Hunter Gomez (National Treasure), and Academy Award nominee Jennifer O'Neill (Summer of '42).


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sowell Reviews Film "2016: Obama's America"

By Rick Pearcey • August 22, 2012, 10:30 AM

"I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it." The official trailer of the film is here.

Megyn Kelly of Fox News interviews Dinesh D'Souza, who is introduced as the co-writer and co-director of 2016.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Resistance on Film: MovieGuide Reviews "For Greater Glory"

By Rick Pearcey • June 1, 2012, 10:44 AM

In this video, Ted Baehr of MovieGuide says, "For Greater Glory is one of the greater movies out there."


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Film: President's Father Not Barack Obama

By Rick Pearcey • April 25, 2012, 09:35 PM

Jerome Corsi writes at WND:

“Who’s your real Daddy?” is a question that remarkably continues to dog Barack Obama, even as he proceeds into his fourth year as president.

With the release this July of Joel Gilbert’s full-length documentary, Dreams From My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception, the mystery deepens regarding who Obama really is.

“The film provides the first cohesive understanding of Obama’s deep-rooted life journey in socialism, from his childhood to his presidency,” Gilbert told WND.

Gilbert rejects the official story that the Kenyan-born Barack Obama was the president’s father.

Instead, he argues, Frank Marshall Davis, the radical poet and journalist who was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, was the real, biological and ideological father of Barack Obama.

Here is a trailer for Dreams From My Real Father.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Film: "October Baby" a "Quiet Hit," Says NYTimes

By Rick Pearcey • April 5, 2012, 06:13 PM

Melena Ryzik writes: 

As mass entertainment goes, the abortion debate does not typically count as good Saturday-night date movie fare; the subject rarely makes it to the mainstream multiplex.

But at a time when the issue is once again causing agitation in political circles, a small film, “October Baby,” about a woman who learns she is, as the movie puts it, a “survivor of a failed abortion,” is making a dent at theaters across the country.

Hat tip: Rachel Hendrix       


Friday, March 30, 2012

Film: "October Baby" Beats Forecasts, Expansion Announced

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2012, 08:04 AM

Anita Crane reports at WND:

Despite Hollywood’s advice to independent filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin, popular demand proved naysayers wrong. Box Office Mojo reports “October Baby” ranked No. 8 last weekend and the brothers are expanding theater distribution this weekend.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

States to Feds: "We Don't Need Permission to Exercise Our Rights"

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2012, 10:00 AM

Chelsea Schilling writes at WND:

“We don’t need permission from the feds to exercise our rights!”

That’s the message the Tenth Amendment Center and The Foundation for a Free Society will be bringing to the year’s biggest event for conservatives with the premiere of the explosive documentary film, Nullification: The Rightful Remedy.

The film will premiere Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Film: Reviewer Deeply and Positively Surprised by "October Baby"

By Rick Pearcey • November 15, 2011, 08:40 AM

Dr. Gina Loudon writes at Big Hollywood

October Baby will be the movie pick for those looking for a film that honestly encompasses amazing cinematography, phenomenal writing, compelling plot, gut-busting comedy and an array of human emotions rivaling any movie ever released in theaters.

Lead actress Rachel Hendrix has broken onto the movie scene in a way that secures her future in acting with a supporting cast that builds her character to a crescendo. . . .

October Baby is the story of beautiful 19-year-old Hannah (Hendrix) who suffers from mysterious health problems. She discovers that the source of her illness had always been kept secret. She is an adopted abortion survivor. Feeling alienated from her family, she sets out on a road trip to find and confront her birth mother.

Here is the film's trailer.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

See This: New Film "October Baby" Looks Powerful

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2011, 06:45 PM

Here's the website and trailer. And here's an overview of the film: 

October Baby is a coming of age story of Hannah, a beautiful 19-year-old college freshman. In spite of her energetic (if somewhat naïve) personality, Hannah has always felt like an outsider. Something is missing. She has always carried a deep seeded sense that she has no right to exist.

When she discovers she was adopted it comes as a shock, but Hannah's world is rocked even more when she learns why she was never told before -- because she was the survivor of a failed abortion.

Desperate for answers, she embarks on a road trip with some friends (including her oldest and closest friend Jason) to find her biological mother. In the process she unexpectedly discovers hope, love and forgiveness.

This uplifting and beautiful film may change the way you look at the world, your loved ones . . . and life.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Trailer: Gerard Butler in "Machine Gun Preacher"

By Rick Pearcey • October 3, 2011, 08:19 PM

Looks interesting. Here's the trailer. Movieguide reviews the film here, and big game hunter/preacher man Doug Giles comments here.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Movie on the Scopes Monkey Trial

By Rick Pearcey • September 24, 2011, 06:13 PM

The film is titled Alleged ("Some lies just have to be told").

Brian Dennehy plays Clarence Darrow, and former Sen. Fred Thompson plays William Jennings Bryan.

Here's the film's website. Watch the trailer here.

The film is available for pre-order here at Amazon


Monday, June 6, 2011

Film: Sarah Palin Is "Undefeated"

By Rick Pearcey • June 6, 2011, 10:22 AM

Matt Lewis at Daily Caller says The Undefeated, the new film about Sarah Palin, "could be a real game-changer for Palin’s presidential chances."

The film is set to premiere in Iowa later this month.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Film: What Happened to "Voyage of the Dawn Treader"?

By Rick Pearcey • January 10, 2011, 04:55 PM

"It's been exactly a month since the release of the 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' the third of the Chronicles of Narnia movies, and domestically, box office receipts have been disastrous," writes Julia Duin at "Under God," a blog at the Washington Post.

If you wonder how Hollywood could possibly scuttle a film based on the authorial genius of the unsinkable former atheist C.S. Lewis, you do well to chart your course by Duin's column. 

You may remember Julia Duin from her reporting as religion editor at the Washington Times. This Dawn Treader entry is her first at the Post after coming onboard to anchor "Under God."

We look forward to more. Meanwhile, here's some of what she did before setting sail on her new ship. 


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Francis Schaeffer on Authoritarian Government

By Rick Pearcey • December 30, 2010, 12:14 PM

Consider the following quote from thinker Francis Schaeffer as Obama rejects the Founding vision rooted in unalienable rights, from a real and verifiable Creator, for an alien vision (alien to the U.S. and to human nature) rooted in private values (such as diversity, class warfare, homosexuality, mere economics, etc.) imposed by Washington:  

When the Christian consensus died, it left a vacuum, and this will tend to be filled by an elite to form an authoritarian state. When we speak of an authoritarian state, we must not think of the model of Hitler or Stalin, but rather a manipulative authoritarian state. The governments of the world have at their disposal forms of manipulation beyond anything the world has every known before.

-- Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? DVD, Episode 6, "The Scientific Age"

Memo to Tea Party: Any political party or cultural movement that would help turn America away from tyranny and back to freedom must address current challenges at foundational levels.

The economic breakdown we are witnessing in America today is a symptom of a more fundamental breakdown -- a breakdown caused in no small measure by a breakaway by liberals and RINOs from the founding genius of the Declaration worldview and then away from the U.S. Constitution, which was created to protect the Founding vision.

The Constitution is not -- is not -- a stand alone document. It stands in continuity with the Declaration of Independence. And it either stands within the context of the liberating norms of the Declaration, or it falls to the ground as a dead letter. And the freedoms it is supposed to protect fall with it.

The Founders addressed at foundational levels the great challenge of freedom vs. tyranny in their moment in history, and if we are to refound a free American people upon Declaration norms and content, we must do so as well, equally foundationally, in our own moment in history. Once again, it's either liberty or death.

Narnia: Thank You, C.S. Lewis, for Reepicheep

By Rick Pearcey • December 30, 2010, 07:57 AM

This tribute to knightly mouse Reepicheep of the Dawn Treader, by Quin Hillyer at American Spectator, may have you thanking (again) C.S. Lewis for Reepicheep, and the Creator for C.S. Lewis.


Friday, June 11, 2010

New "Red Dawn" to Attack Communism Again

By Rick Pearcey • June 11, 2010, 08:42 AM

This time the Chinese invade a city near you, with RD-Day scheduled for Nov. 24, 2010. Here's the website. Video at YouTube.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Money, Bloody Money: Premiere of Abortion Industry Exposé Delayed by Pro-Abortion Activists

By Rick Pearcey • May 11, 2010, 09:19 AM

"The world premiere of the abortion industry exposé Blood Money has been delayed by what its producers say was the pressure that pro-abortion activists put on the owner of the theatre where the film was to feature," reports LifeSiteNew.com.

Blood Money trailer: "Our goal was 3-5 abortions from every girl between the ages of 13 and 18."

Here is the Blood Money website.

The fascist barbarism known as abortion-on-demand must end.

May this exposé of that ugly, grisly, dehumanizing, and immoral business contribute to the death of abortionism.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Damon Iraq Flick Slanders America

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2010, 04:28 PM

Kyle Smith writes at the NYPost:

After all of Hollywood's Iraq movies have flopped (even the Oscar-garlanded The Hurt Locker earned only $15 million at the box office), one studio thinks it has the following secret to success: The previous films didn't insult the United States enough.

Green Zone, opening Friday, is a $100 million slime job that conjures up a fantastically distorted leftist version of the war and wraps it around a frantic but preposterous action picture.

"Green Zone isn't cinema," Smith concludes. "It's slander. It will go down in history as one of the most egregiously anti-American movies ever released by a major studio."


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Film: "The Book of Eli" and Sissified Christians

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2010, 07:53 AM

Molotov Mitchell reviews this "fantastic film featuring tremendous performances" from Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington, and Jennifier Beals.

The point of the film: In this "Christian 'Mad Max' story . . . . as liberal forces seek to destroy the Bible here in America, The Book of Eli paints a prophetic portrait of what could happen should they succeed."


Friday, December 4, 2009

Gore Cancels Copenhagen Lecture, Screenwriters Want Oscar Canceled, Too

By Rick Pearcey • December 4, 2009, 10:29 AM

Oscar Cooked? Hollywood screenwriters Roger Simon and Lionel Chetwynd say Al Gore "should be stripped of his Oscar in light of the global warming questions raised by leaked e-mails out of a British research center," reports Fox News

Meanwhile, Gore has "just canceled a lecture he was supposed to deliver" at the big climate conference in Copenhagen next week, says Fox.

Tea Party: The Movie

By Rick Pearcey • December 4, 2009, 06:54 AM

Starring a Mom From Georgia: "Jenny Beth Martin didn't set out to become a movie star," writes Stacy McCain at American Spectator. "Yet Tuesday night at the Ronald Reagan Center amphitheatre, the mom from Georgia was a celebrity at the big-screen premiere of a new film that features a cast of thousands."

On the other hand, "better make that 'hundreds of thousands'," says McCain.  

"Martin is one of several activists featured in Tea Party: The Documentary Film, which tells the story of how a movement that began in February with a few hundred people showing up at scattered protests culminated in September's massive taxpayer march on Washington."


Monday, October 26, 2009

Film: Unrated "Anti-Christ" Should Be NC-17, Critic Says

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2009, 07:36 AM

"Danish film director Lars von Trier’s unrated film, Anti-Christ, opened nationwide on Friday," reports CNSNews.com. "Dubbed 'torture porn' by the Washington Post, movie critic Ted Baehr of Movieguide said the film is an 'an ode to evil' that -- hopefully -- few people will go to see."

For an alternative to Anti-Christ this weekend, try Fireproof, reviewed here.  

Read the story from CNSNews.com.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Film: Rediscovering God in America

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2009, 07:43 AM

"A new documentary detailing the history of the United States from the first colony in Virginia through the Civil War focuses on the beliefs of the nation’s founders and the written documents that grant each citizen freedom of religion and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," reports Penny Starr at CNSNews.com.

"The film, Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage, is not a commentary on the Founding Fathers’ theology or lack thereof. It is an oral history using in the founders’ own words to describe how God played a role in America becoming a nation of religious liberty and tolerance."

Read the rest of "New Documentary Examines God's Place in America's Heritage, as Told by the Founding Fathers."


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Settlement Clears Way for New Tolkien Movie

By Rick Pearcey • September 10, 2009, 09:22 AM

"The estate of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien has reached a settlement with the studio behind the Lord of the Rings movies after alleging it had not received 'even one penny' of royalties from the trilogy of money-spinning films, officials said on Tuesday," according to an AFP story in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"The legal dispute had threatened to disrupt production of The Hobbit, the eagerly anticipated prequel to the Lord of the Rings which is due to begin filming in 2010," reports AFP.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Oliver Stone: Hugo Chavez No "Dictator"

By Rick Pearcey • September 8, 2009, 08:28 AM

That's what the Hollywood director said in Venice, in town at the big film festival to promote his new documentary about Chavez.

"The director has come from making the movie convinced that Mr Chavez does not deserve the description of 'dictator,' despite having survived a coup and having stayed in power for a decade," reports the BBC.

By the way, in a "surprise" visit, Chavez was in Venice too, where he "has been walking the red carpet."

Don't miss the BBC video of a smiling Stone and waving Chavez as together they parade the red carpet in triumphant solidarity. 


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Birth of the Beatles

By Rick Pearcey • August 27, 2009, 12:01 PM

Coming to the silver screen. As this AFP story suggests, lunch breaks have consequences.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Couric Ceremony Brownshirts Handcuff Filmmaker

By Rick Pearcey • April 17, 2009, 10:25 AM

Quin Hillyer writes:

Every "media freedom" outlet in the country should be up in arms about this, helping John Ziegler pay for a lawsuit, shouting from the rooftops against this blatant and disquieting and downright frightening abridgement of the First Amendment.

Here's video of fascism in action

Tyranny in America, both soft and hard (ask the dead babies about it), must be resisted and overcome. This is the task of every American who remembers who we are.

Who are we? We are not compliant "citizens" with a vague set of "values" waiting for Obama, the establishment, and disdainful secular elites to issue government-approved marching orders for what we get to do tomorrow. 

Who are we? We are human beings created in the image of God and endowed by our creator with unalienable rights that no journalist, no security guard, no bureaucrat, no politician, and no White House authoritarian has the authority to take away. We-the-free -- and not the fascist slave-masters -- run this country. 

We are here to cause tyrants to tremble. Today, tomorrow, as soon as possible, there should be Freedom Protests against any form of tyranny imposed upon the mind of man.

Today, tomorrow, as soon as possible, there should be protests for unalienable rights and Declaration Freedoms at USC (where Ziegler was cuffed), media outlets, and any place of authoritarianism in America that dares participate in the on-going ideological coup against the foundations and vision of the United States of America.

Obama and his enablers in the Federal Empire, the Democratic Party, squishy Republicans, the socialists in media and all the rest may not like it, but the Spirit of 1776 lives. For that which is rooted in verifiable truth from our Creator never passes away, never dies, and is always a solid support for those ready to "overcome evil with good." Just like the No. 1 book hated by all tyrants -- The Bible -- says (Rom. 12:21). 

Wednesday was T-Day. Today is T-Day plus 2. Folks, we're going to Berlin to empty out the bunker.

See also: Arrested Documentarian: "I Did Nothing Wrong."

 


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Casting Call for Obama Birth Certificate Movie!

By Rick Pearcey • March 7, 2009, 07:09 PM

Hollywood Hawaii-style hangs ten for Obama:

Perhaps a film made in Hawaii will put the idea to rest that Obama was not born in the United States. For some skeptics showing a birth certificate might not have been enough. Now some University students are about to produce a film about Obama's birth.

After this investigative effort, how about a documentary on how an unseen-by-public-eyes $10 birth certificate turned into a near-abouts $800,000 pumpkin for 3 law firms?

In any case, someone might well ask: What, really, is the big deal? The U.S. has been operating without a Constitution for some time now, so what's the problem with not producing a little ol' birth certificate?



Friday, February 27, 2009

New "Narnia" Film Writer on Board

By Rick Pearcey • February 27, 2009, 12:28 PM

Michael Petroni to chart Voyage of the Dawn Treader.



Saturday, February 7, 2009

"Fireproof" Ablaze at Amazon

By Rick Pearcey • February 7, 2009, 08:47 AM

The Fireproof DVD was released January 27 on Amazon and ranks no. 3 today in the category of "Movies and TV."

No Sundance hype, no Academy Award nominations, and yet -- "none of that really mattered," notes the Houston Chronicle.

What's going on? Perhaps something like this: Reel Rebel Upsets Tinseltown Stereotypes.

Here's a link to Fireproof via Amazon's video on demand.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Abe Lincoln and the "N-Word"

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2009, 06:45 AM

 From Cal Thomas:

Though like many in his and our time, [Lincoln] wrestled with his inner demons. As [Harvard professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr.,] writes, ". . . He seems to have wrestled with his own use of the 'n-word,' which he used publicly until at least 1862, and which most Lincoln scholars today find so surprising and embarrassing that they consistently avoid discussing it . . . "

The point?

"Far from diminishing Lincoln," writes Thomas, the new book Lincoln on Race and Slavery and PBS TV film Looking for Lincoln "deliver the real Lincoln as a man who struggled, along with his country and culture, over the inherent worth of black people. In short, he becomes fully human, not a mythical figure above the temptations and frailties of average mortals."


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

C.S. Lewis on Stage Near Dallas

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2009, 11:13 AM

"Shadowlands" opens February 6 at Theatre Coppell.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Countering Hitler on Film

By Rick Pearcey • February 2, 2009, 06:14 AM

A spectator not entirely a fan of Tom Cruise says Valkyrie could have been worse.


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Global Warming Unearths Ancient Dragon

By Rick Pearcey • January 31, 2009, 11:55 PM

The cable channel Sci Fi bravely aired tonight an "original movie" titled Wyvern.

This creature feature features the following terrifying plot: "When global warming unearths an ancient dragon, a small Alaskan town will be destroyed, unless . . ." You'll have to figure out the rest.

But why call this broadcast brave?

Because it dares to link ancient dragons and global warming, thereby raising in the mind of every school boy and girl a simple question: What's more mythical, ancient dragons or global warming?

I guess they're right about Sci Fi Saturday: "The Most Dangerous Night on Television."


Monday, January 15, 2007

Wilberforce, Newton, and Christians' "Disregard for Truth"

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2007, 03:01 PM

On Feb. 23," writes Ken Walker, "a sister company of Walden Media -- the folks behind such films as Charlotte’s Web, Winn Dixie and Chronicles of Narnia -- will release its latest positive fare, Amazing Grace, the story of British abolitionist William Wilberforce."

* John Newton: The Wilberforce film, says Walker, "shines a light on John Newton, author to the words of the legendary hymn [Amazing Grace] that lives on and in recent years inspired a PBS television special on its impact."

* Newton's Inspiring Story: "John Newton? The slave ship captain caught in a powerful storm who struck a bargain with God, promising to set the slaves free if the Almighty saves their lives? And after God calmed the storm, Newton instantly converted to Christianity, freed the captives and quit the slave trade?"

* Oft-Told: "Over the years, you’ve probably heard (maybe preached) that story, or some modified version of it. I heard it early in my Christian life."

* But: "The only problem is none of it is true, according to Christine Schaub, author of The Longing Season, a best-selling historical novel that tells the story of Newton and his beloved hymn."

The rest of Walker's article at ChurchCentral.com is here.