Going to the movies is always a fun outing. In the case of the compelling GOD’s NOT DEAD franchise, it is also an outing that will renew, grow or inspire new faith in its audiences. Because the film franchise is inspired by Rice Brooks’ book by the same name, which is deeply rooted in practical apologetics, the GOD’S NOT DEAD films tackle tough questions of the contemporary Christian in a relatable way that provoke contemplation and conversation far after the credits have rolled.
GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS is an inspirational drama that centers on Pastor Dave (David A.R. White) and the unimaginable tragedy he endures when his church, located on the grounds of the local university, is burned down. But his dreams of rebuilding the church face an unexpected setback when university officials reject his plans to rebuild, determining that the church is no longer relevant in today’s society.
Trusting in the motto that he has lived by that “God is good all the time,” Pastor Dave enlists the legal help of his estranged brother Pearce (John Corbett), who is an attorney but also an atheist. As they partner together for a united cause, the brothers come to understand that not every victory requires defeating the opposition, and there is a greater win when you heal and rebuild with compassion and respect for others.
“In our culture right now there is a lot of fighting going on. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, left side, ride side, nobody seems to be able to get along and there’s a lot of dissention,” says White. “So we wanted to shine a light on this, but in a GOD’S NOT DEAD way: filled with hope and healing and forgiveness.”
Filmed on location in Little Rock, Arkansas, GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS is the third installment of the franchise. It stars David A.R. White (GOD’S NOT DEAD), Emmy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee John Corbett (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING), Shane Harper (GOD’S NOT DEAD), Ted McGinley (Married with Children), Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), and Academy Award® winner Tatum O’Neal (PAPER MOON).
“Audiences have continued to show support and interest in the GOD’S NOT DEAD films and their relatable characters who endure similar challenges in their personal faith and lives,” says Michael Scott, Pure Flix founding partner. “Our hope is that these films offer entertainment and encouragement, with a starting point for sharing faith in a respectable and compassionate manner.”