What It’s All About: "A Matter of Faith"

Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

FaithA new Christian film is now in theaters, in a limited release. It is a powerful story, filmed at Aquinas College and locally in Grand Rapids. Here is the synopsis for "A Matter of Faith":
- A Christian girl goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by a popular Biology professor who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When her father suspects something happening, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers completely catches him off guard. Now very concerned about his daughter drifting away from the faith, he tries to do something about it.

This is a bold movie that unashamedly stands for creationism. The film features veteran actors such as Harry Anderson ("Night Court") and Clarence Gilyard ("Walker Texas Ranger"). It introduces a new talent as well, Jordan Trovillion, playing one of the main characters, Rachel Whitaker. This is a topic that most people are interested in and have strong feelings about, creationism vs. evolution. It is also about not being steered away from one's faith in God.

Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) was raised in a loving Christian home and she is about to head three hours away to college. Her dad Stephen (Jay Pickett) is a typical protective father, leaving a $50 bill in Rachel's Bible before she leaves in case she gets in a jam. When Rachel arrives at her new school she is fascinated with her Biology teacher, Professor Marcus Kaman (Anderson). Biology happens to be Rachel's major and she plans to be a pharmacist. Kaman is a big proponent of evolution and he won't give credence to any other theory but his own. He begins his class by showing the students a rubber chicken and an egg, followed by the inevitable question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" He, of course, states it is the egg. When hearing about the incident, Rachel's father takes exception to it and on a visit to the college makes it a point to stop by Professor Kaman's office. The professor challenges Stephen to a debate on the topic in the next forum put on by the college, which is coming up in just weeks. Rachel wanders in to the office, in search of her father, and she is livid when she learns about it.

She is embarrassed by the planned debate and angry with her father. A student named Evan Carlson (Chandler Macocha) is a strong Christian and he begins witnessing to Rachel, attempting to bring her back to her faith and reminding her that her father loves her and is defending his own faith in Christ.

Stephen Whitaker hears of a former professor named Portland (played by Gilyard) that was fired years earlier by Kaman for teaching Creationism. He visits the less than enthusiastic Professor Portland and tells Portland it is high time he "gets back in the game." The movie features a stirring climax with the debate. The film is well executed. The movie's ending features a powerful scripture found in Psalms 100 and verse 3: "Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are his people, the sheep of His pasture."

We are more than pleased to strongly recommend "A Matter of Faith" for viewing audiences everywhere. Children a bit under twelve should be okay with it but it is not intended for small children. It is rated PG and runs 89 minutes. It is a wholesome film but with tension and disagreements between a few of the characters. The film's title really says it all: it is a matter of faith.
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Edwin L. Carpenter
Edwin L. Carpenter is a pastor and long-time film reviewer for Dove.org He has a bachelors degree in Writing from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was raised in Brighton, Mich., by Christian grandparents and has a twin brother, Bill, who is also an ordained minister. Ed and his wife Jackie have one child, Daniel, who is newly married to Kristen and loves sports.

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