Most Moviegoers Want ‘Christian’ Movies to Have “Historical and Biblical Accuracy”

Christian Bale starring as Moses in Ridley Scott's upcoming "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (IMDB)
Christian Bale starring as Moses in Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (IMDB)

The so-called “Year of the Bible” has Christian moviegoers packing movie theaters across the country. Films like Son of God, Moms’ Night Out and God’s Not Dead racked up a combined $218 million in ticket sales in 2014.

A new survey, however, reveals the faithful won’t be duped by movies that are Christian in name only.

According to a survey of 1,200 respondents from Oxford-based Christian News Service and conducted by American Insights, 79 percent of those polled say “historical and biblical accuracy is important.”

Two-thirds (66 percent) of all adults and 74 percent of Christians (who make up 63 percent of all survey respondents) are likely to see a movie related to God.

“Christians perceive Hollywood and films that explore themes about God,” says Russ Jones, president/CEO of Christian News Service. “While some in Hollywood only see the Christian community as a financially lucrative target audience, many believers feel Hollywood doesn’t portray Christianity fairly.”

The Christian News Service/NICAEA Movie Poll also found that 66 percent are interested in seeing a historical movie about the rise of Christianity.

An element of the study gauged the interest of the viewing public for two upcoming movies, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is a Ridley Scott-directed film with Christian Bale as Moses, and NICAEA, an independent film about Constantine the Great, St. Athanasius, the Council of Nicaea and the theological question concerning the nature of Jesus of Nazareth.

Among those polled, 62 percent of the Christian community and 57 percent of the general public plan to see NICAEA, a film slated for release in early 2016 and based on the account of the Council of Nicaea at which Christians affirmed the full divinity of Jesus Christ.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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