Brian Godawa

Brian Godawa is the screenwriter of To End All Wars and other feature films. He has written and directed documentaries on church-state relations, stem cell research and higher education politics. He is the author of Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment (InterVarsity Press) and Chronicles of the Nephilim, a series of fantasy novels about Biblical heroes within their ancient Near Eastern mythological context. He speaks around the country to churches, high schools and colleges on movies, worldviews and faith. His movie blog can be found atgodawa.com/movieblog/.

  • Reading the Bible Plain and Simple

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    Reading the Bible Plain and Simple | Brian Godawa

    Plain and simple readings of Genesis within the modern scientific worldview are not so plain and simple after all. Read More >

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  • The Tree of Life: A Movie Review by Brian Godawa

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    The Tree of Life: A Movie Review by Brian Godawa | Brian Godawa

    We are introduced to a myriad of supernovas and condensing galaxies all the way down to microbial ocean life on earth, up an evolutionary chain of complexity...to the birth of a human... Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”, Part 3

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”, Part 3 | Brian Godawa

    It would be more accurate to suggest the other way around, that stories and parables may be superior means of conveying theological truth than propositional logic or theological... Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”, Part 2

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”, Part 2 | Brian Godawa

    Following in the footsteps of the lead characters in Frankenstein and Blade Runner, the robot is not merely searching for the Blue Fairy to become human; he is searching for his creat... Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.” | Brian Godawa

    What makes a “real” person? Is our consciousness transcendent of our brains? Can a complex machine experience intuition and love? Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “Avatar”, Part 3

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “Avatar”, Part 3 | Brian Godawa

    Humanity, created as it is in the image of God, craves transcendence regardless of our technological advancement. Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “Avatar”, Part 2

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “Avatar”, Part 2 | Brian Godawa

    If you want to know the worldview that a filmmaker is affirming, look at the good guys. Look at the hero and how he ends up seeing the world. Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “Avatar”, Part 1

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “Avatar”, Part 1 | Brian Godawa

    Those who attack its faults are missing a much more important point: Avatar’s success cannot be dismissed. It is resonating with tens of millions of people around the plane... Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “Creation,” Part 3

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “Creation,” Part 3 | Brian Godawa

    He only gives us the promise that in the end there will be justice, in the end there will be redemption from all pain, in the end all will be put to right—but he doesn’t e... Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “Creation,” Part 2

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “Creation,” Part 2 | Brian Godawa

    Darwin’s descent into agnosticism was fueled by a legitimate personal experience with the problem of evil, specifically in the suffering and death of his daughter. Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: Part 5

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: Part 5 | Brian Godawa

    Like the hero’s obstacles in his journey, anomalies build tension in reigning scientific stories of reality, until a crisis occurs. Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “Contact”, Part 3

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “Contact”, Part 3 | Brian Godawa

    “Dr. Arroway, you come to us with no evidence...only a story that strains credibility. Are you really going to sit there and tell us that we should take this all on faith?&rdquo... Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: “Contact”, Part 2

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: “Contact”, Part 2 | Brian Godawa

    In Contact, Ellie’s worldview is one of enlightened atheistic humanism, an elevation of intellectual and scientific inquiry that values humanity but rejects the supernatura... Read More >

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  • Science and Faith at the Movies: Part 1

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    Science and Faith at the Movies: Part 1 | Brian Godawa

    The very structure of a story itself is an incarnation of an argument for redemption–that is to mean the recovery of something lost in our humanity. Read More >

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  • Reading the Bible Plain and Simple, Part 2

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    Reading the Bible Plain and Simple, Part 2 | Brian Godawa

    If we are to believe that “in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,” we must believe what God means in Genesis that proposition within their cultural context. ... Read More >

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