God of War
I watched a war movie last night entitled "Saints and Soldiers". It's about a band of Allied soldiers trying to deliver important information behind enemy lines during WWII. That's the main plot anyway. One of the few sub-plots centers around an American missionary (that was in Germany before the war) turned soldier, and an atheist in the foxhole next to him.
I like war movies. I like realism and the emotions and courage displayed in life or death situations. War movies, if they are good, can reflect the best and worst in people.
I understand religion is and can be one of the few comforts afforded a soldier during one of the most horrific and dangerous events that one can be a part of (that is yet another problem with religion as far as I am concerned. Religion makes dying for your country that much easier to accept and makes one do things he might not consider doing). That goes for any war. My beef with this particular movie is how once again the Christian soldier was portrayed as being right and the atheist was seen as rude, arrogant and unsure of his disbelief. There is no room left for doubt in this movie. The Christian soldier thought it a miracle when he shot at and missed a German soldier who turned out to be a friend during his missionary days (already unbelievable for a story that claims to be based on actual WWII events). He exclaimed "I never miss. I never miss." Then, ofcourse, the German soldier helps them escape later when they are surrounded by the enemy and happen to run into him first.
The atheist starts to question the sanity and reliability of the Christian soldier because the Christian soldier had accidentally killed some women and children earlier and seems unable to reconcile this with God, all the while hallucinating from lack of sleep and pointing his gun at everyone.
The Christian snapps back with "For not caring about religion, you sure are curious". Yup. That's it. The atheist was just in denial. It couldn't have been that he feared for his and his comrades' safety and questioned the Christian's sanity.
Ofcourse their experiences bring them closer together and eventually the Christian soldier is killed while giving cover fire to the atheist and another guy. And ofcourse, the Christian sees the ghosts of the kids he killed earlier as he dies. This is enough for the atheist to later take the bible from the dead Christian's pocket and to start reading it (I'm sure that was in God's plan. The Christian must die to bring a heathen to God).
I wouldn't have been as upset if the director would have presented this sub-plot without giving an obvious nod in favor of the Christian. The way he presented it gave the viewer a definate side to favor and once again gave atheists a bad image.
It adds credence to the old chestnut that there are no atheists in foxholes like these guys: http://www.atheistfoxholes.org