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Conservative Christians Criticize Russell Crowe’s ‘Noah’ Film as ‘Historically Inaccurate’ and ‘Anti-Biblical’

Some conservative Christians are not happy with the new $130 million ‘Noah’ movie. While the film starring Russell Crowe is yet-to-be released, several outspoken evangelical advocates have already deemed the movie both ‘historically inaccurate’ and ‘anti-Biblical.’

Based his critique on the script, rather than the finished product, Ken Ham, a biblical literalist best known for his young earth creationist views that maintain that the earth is mere thousands of years old and that the animals on Noah’s ark were actually vegetarian, slammed the film for straying from the historical account as told in Genesis.

“Noah’s family only consists of his wife, three sons, and one daughter-in-law, contrary to the Bible,”  he pointed out in a blog written about the film. He also accused the director of intentionally making fun of the story by casting too many animals. “It appears as if every species was crammed in the Ark instead of just the kinds of animals, thus mocking the Ark account the same way secularists do today.”

He also worried that the vision for the film, which was directed by Darren Aronofsky-who happens to be Harvard-trained secular Jew-does not have a Christian enough spin to the tale.

“Noah does not have a relationship with God but rather with circumstances and has deadly visions of the Flood,” Ham stressed.

Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa also lambasted the Russell Crowe epic based solely on the script, calling it “deeply anti-Biblical in its moral vision.”

Demanding that Aronofsky’s interpretation will make it difficult for him to find future employment (although Godawa has yet to write a financially successful film), he called the film a postmodernist fantasy that thinks, “ it’s okay to ‘make the Bible say what we want it to say.’ This is manipulative narcissistic nonsense.”

Apparently, Paramount Pictures, which has been in negotiation with the religious groups for months, has taken the criticism seriously enough that it  has even amended its promotional materials,  without telling Aronofsky, to reflect the critics’ concerns about inaccuracies and biblical intent.

“The film is inspired by the story of Noah,” the religious disclaimer requested by the National Religious Broadcasters now reads on the film’s advertising. “While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”

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  • Cindy Kaes Neal

    “Make the Bible say what we want it to say” as a criticism of this movie. No one mis-interprets Bible more than Evangelicals. How can they determine the type of animals were on the ark?

  • Kenneth Johnson

    I noticed movies featuring Crucifixions of Men have the men wearing loincloths. The Bible says the guards gambled for Jesus’ clothes. No clothes or loin cloth did the crucified wear. The Romans not only wanted the crucified to die painfully but to lose all remaining dignity press any rebel or criminal what their fate would be publicly. Men who are crucified, just before dying, their bowels and bladders release their contents and like men are hung and strangled, a erection would occur. The process of crucifixion was well known to the Jewish audience and was not elaborated in the Bible. I have also read that the Romans would also drive nails in the male sexual organs to increase suffering, but moreover to impact again the criminals and rebels. I am sure Dr Ham would not want a film straying from the historical account.
    ‘make the Bible say what we want it to say.’ This is manipulative narcissistic nonsense.”
    Read more at http://issuehawk.com/tamar/2014/03/07/christians-criticize-russell-crowes-noah-film-as-historically-inaccurate-and-anti-biblical.html#CieU7hAdODMheWDQ.99
    ‘make the Bible say what we want it to say.’ This is manipulative narcissistic nonsense.”
    Read more at http://issuehawk.com/tamar/2014/03/07/christians-criticize-russell-crowes-noah-film-as-historically-inaccurate-and-anti-biblical.html#CieU7hAdODMheWDQ.99

    • tiedtotheair2

      Think someone (Kenneth) needs a cyber hug! xoxoxoxo! Feel better now. Lol!

  • Kathe Repasi

    Funny…Noah was a Jew (like the film’s director). Noah was never a Christian so should not fall under conservative Christian, young earth purview. Just WHEN will these uninformed persons stop complaining about things totally unrelated to them? The film hasn’t even been seen yet.

    • Thomas W. Yale

      I know, right? Noah’s story was in the Old Testament, the Great Floor having occurred even before Moses’ time. If anyone should have complaint of the film, it would have to be the Jews. I did a quick Google search and found nothing.

      • tiedtotheair2

        Yeah, but… Nobody really cares ok? We just want to go out on a Saturday night and see a really good movie. With Russell Crowe in it. :-) Seriously dude. People are taking this waaaay to serious.

      • tiedtotheair2

        Sorry Thomas W. Yale. I meant my previous comment for cezar211091.

        • Thomas W. Yale

          No problem.

    • cezar211091 .

      jews refers to hebrews,noah is supposed to be the ancestor of all mankind.he has nothing to do with jews,his descendant eber is the one from which jews came(eber-hebrew)

  • George O’Hagan

    “Historically inaccurate”????? I want what he’s smoking! Ah, the professional christians are now film critics, and the film has yet to be released. what a bunch of ignorant assholes.

  • edmond

    I find it funny that a group of people who live by a book filled with fiction, can call anything historically inaccurate…

  • cezar211091 .

    this ken ham is retarded

  • George O’Hagan

    I’m sorry…did they say HISTORICALLY INACCURATE??? Jesus what a bunch of bloody ignorami. Of course they haven’t actually SEEN the movie, but god probably told them it hurt his feelings?

    • Mary Carpenter

      George don’t say Jesus unless you knew him personally.

      • tiedtotheair2

        Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Oops! Never met him but my mother told me to say that over and over when someone was pissing me off (not her exact words) to keep from punching them in the mouth. True Story. Lol!

        • Mary Carpenter

          Did it work for both of you?

          • tiedtotheair2

            You’re not standing in front of me so I don’t know… Jskdg. Lol! If I really wanted to punch someone in the mouth, saying Jesus a million times wouldn’t stop me. But I’m not pissed off atcha Mary. Lighten up a bit ok? I think even Jesus laughed every now and then. :-)

          • Mary Carpenter

            Oh I must be tired, my tone of smart ass is not coming through. I am not serious in my Jesus comment. Trying to show how insane it is for people to demand accuracy in story so old, retranslated, etc etc. as if they were there personally shoveling manure.

          • tiedtotheair2

            Really? You were trying to be funny? Honey please don’t quit your day job. Lol!

          • Mary Carpenter

            sorry you seem to be having a bad day. feel better

      • George O’Hagan

        Well tell him to contact me the next time he talks to you, and we can work it out.

        • Mary Carpenter

          Oh he doesn’t talk to me. I am sure however if one must depict an accurate flood story(?!) then Jesus is way off limits to even think about… Unless you knew him of course.

  • Misha Leonov

    Film fantasy does not match their fantasy, priceless.

  • http://chimptrainersdaughter.blogspot.com/ Dawn Forsythe

    I wasn’t interested in seeing this movie — until now! If Ham is offended, Noah is a must-see. (I also want to see the CGI animals. Great advancement for animal welfare.)

    • tiedtotheair2

      I think all those crazy extremists did was make this movie more popular. What nitwits! Lol!

  • tiedtotheair2

    Wow… It’s just a movie. You know, entertainment. These people really scare me… :-(