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If we are to believe many modern-day propagandists, Christianity was never a major influence in the United States of America. In fact, these organizations state that Christianity has no place in and should be eliminated from our culture. If that were the case, the USA as we know it would have never existed. [See also these historical Thanksgiving links and the video God in Government.]
How are their assertions not only inaccurate, but false?
Because, whenever one researches history and culture, not the propagandists’ favored omissions, re-writes and re-interpretations, you find direct and obvious evidence that they are grossly ignorant, sadly mistaken or intentionally lying.
Don’t believe them or be played for a fool. They only want you to read and watch their recommendations, which are filtered through their post-World War Two pseudo intellectual, kick-God-out assault on education and commonsense.
Here’s only a scratching-of-the-surface of evidence of how much God has been ingrained into our culture. These media prove a common, widely accepted presence of God in our recent history.
As you find more, please send a comment with your newly-discovered cultural treasures!
General Release Movies
The Blood of Jesus, 1941
Going My Way, 1944, Bing Crosby
It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed. God helps George Bailey through Clarence, an angel.
Gentleman’s Agreement, 1947, with Gregory Peck. It speaks widely and commonly of the US being Christian and Jews being discriminated against in the post-WW2 culture.
The Bishop’s Wife, 1947, Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven who stars as an angel who helps a bishop.
Samson and Delilah, 1949
Quo Vadis, 1951
The Robe, 1953, Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Michael Rennie
Demetrius and the Gladiators, 1954
A Man Called Peter, 1955, story of Peter Marshall, Chaplain to the US Senate.
Friendly Persuasion, 1956, Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire. Quaker family.
The Ten Commandments, 1956, Charleton Heston, Yul Brynner
Peyton Place, 1957, Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Lloyd Nolan. Townspeople, including all major movie characters, attend church.
Ben Hur, 1959, Charleton Heston
The Big Fisherman, 1959, the life of Saint Peter.
High Times, 1960, Bing Crosby, Fabian, Tuesday Weld, a 50-ish widower who goes to college. The President hopes as many students show up to chapel in the next morning as have shown up to defend their French teacher from dismissal. The Christmas Song “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” is sung by all major actors and many others, while the video focuses on a Nativity scene with Christ in the manger.
Elmer Gantry, 1960, Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons
King of Kings, 1961
Barababs, 1961, Anthony Quinn, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance. Story of Barabbas who was released instead of Jesus Christ.
Becket, 1964, 12th Century England. Becket continually invokes “the honor of God.”
The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, 1964. Italian production.
The Greatest Story Ever Told, 1965, many famous actors/actresses. The life of Christ.
A Man For All Seasons, 1966, 16th Century Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More holds fast to conscience and faith.
The Exorcist, 1973
Jesus Christ Superstar, 1973
Chariots of Fire, 1981
Babette’s Feast, 1987.
Shadowlands, 1993, Anthony Hopkins. Story of CS Lewis and his wife Joy as she dies from cancer.
Mary Mother of Jesus, 1999, Christian Bale.
The Passion of the Christ, 2004, Mel Gibson’s movie.
One Night with the King, 2006, story of Queen Esther in Persia and the King Xerxes.
The Blind Side, 2009, Sandra Bullock. Football player overcomes adversity. Attends HS Christian school.
Explicitly Christian Movies
Jesus, 1979, Campus Crusade for Christ, also known as The Jesus Film. It is primarily based on The Gospel of Luke.
The Omega Code, 1999.
Joseph King of Dreams, 2000, story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. He goes from son to slave to next only to Pharoah in Egypt.
The Miracle Maker, 2000. Animated.
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, 2001.
Left Behind, 2001/2002/2005
Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie, 2002
Time Changer, 2002, Gavin McLeod. How morals without Christ cannot work. Sci-fi time travel to see what happens.
Flywheel, 2003, corrupt car salesman becomes Christian and starts being honest in his business.
The Gospel of John, 2003, word-for-word from the American Bible Society’s Good News Bible.
2005, Madea series by Tyler Perry, Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis: 2005 Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, 2008 Prince Caspian, 2010 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
End of the Spear, 2005, story of five missionaries slain while trying to evangelize tribal people in Ecuador.
Facing the Giants, 2006, Christian worldview. Kendrick brothers produced w/volunteers from Baptist church.
The Second Chance, 2006, two pastors from wealthy and poverty churches deal with issues.
The Nativity Story, 2006
Amazing Grace, 2006, about William Wilberforce and the slave trade in Britain.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, 2008. How evolution proponents suppress intelligent design advocates. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoSr_EtsUc4
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, 2008, Gavin McLeod. What happens after an old man starts a Bible study for kids.
Come What May, 2009, about overturning Roe v Wade.
Sarah’s Choice, 2009, about abortion.
To Save a Life, 2009.
What If, 2010, Kevin Sorbo. What would life have been life, if he’d followed God and His calling?
The Grace Card, 2010, Louis Gossett Jr. What happens when we extend grace.
Preacher’s Kid, 2010. Modern story of the prodigal.
Soul Surfer, 2011
Accidental Activist, 2013 by American Family Council. About same-sex marriage.
The Son of God, 2014
God’s Not Dead, 2014
The Song, 2014
A Matter of Faith, 2014, college biology professor teaches evolution that challenges faith.
Do You Believe, 2015, lives change when pastor confronts congregation after impacted by believing street preacher.
Woodlawn, 2015, football player Tony Nathan’s true story of his embracing his faith and talent.
War Room, 2015, the power of prayer in people’s lives.
God’s Not Dead II, 2016
Risen, 2016, Roman Tribune is ordered to complete the crucifixion of a Jewish messiah, then to find his missing body three days later.
Pontius Pilate, 1952, Studio One
The Rifleman, 1958-63
Lucas tells Mark the detailed story of Job, tells about going to church, and forgiveness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpD6Ke6QmW8
On judging and adultery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG3YwLlA6UA
The soldier with the Bible, ought to read the Bible, respect for the Bible, reading in the Bible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDnsU4OBe9U
Mark prays, spiritual conviction, think on the good, vengence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG97JMOnkF0
Lucas says, “There but for the grace of God go I.” at the end of the episode where Sammy Davis Jr. was buried next to his father. https://www.riflemanconnors.com/writers_corner/Deanne/a_simple_promise.htm
The Andy Griffith Show/Andy of Mayberry, 1960-68
Jesus of Nazareth, 1977, British/Italian miniseries with many famous American and European actors.