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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.”

Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi

 

 

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