When Nietzsche wrote “God is dead” in his 1882 work “The Gay Science,” he most certainly didn’t anticipate being schooled by Christians 120 years later in a movie starring ubermensch Kevin Sorbo, a.k.a. Hercules. But that’s exactly what a soon-to-be released film “God’s Not Dead” hopes to do.
The film features a devout Christian who signs up for a philosophy course in college. The trailer soon reveals that philosophy classes, in the Christian imaginary, are anti-Christian nightmares where every professor (Hercules) is a Richard Dawkins-esque crusader against God. Hercules begins his class by declaring “I would like to bypass senseless debate altogether and jump to the conclusion…there is no god.” He then orders his class to “fill in the papers I’ve just given you with three little words: God is dead.” Because, you know, philosophy.
Of course, the Christian kid can’t, and the film continues in a David and Goliath showdown between Hercules and the good Christian.
The film is slated to be released in 2014.
Watch the trailer below.