>Amazing Grace: A Film Christians Should See

>James A. Smith Sr., in an article published in the Baptist Press, reviews the movie Amazing Grace and says that this is a movie Christians should see. What follows is an excerpt of his review.

It’s not very often that Hollywood positively portrays evangelical Christians, but such is the case in “Amazing Grace,” a major motion picture about William Wilberforce’s extraordinary leadership in the abolition of slavery. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the slave trade’s demise in Great Britain, “Amazing Grace” opens in theaters this weekend nationwide.

Although the film is at times a bit vague about the extent and details of Wilberforce’s Christian faith, “Amazing Grace” is a movie every Christian should see — both because of its inspiring portrayal of the crusade to end the great moral evil of its day, and because of the relevance Wilberforce’s campaign for societal change teaches us about the great moral struggles of our day.

Rated PG for thematic material depicting the cruelty of slavery and some mild language, “Amazing Grace” is directed by Michael Apted and stars Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce, a man of tremendous historical import who is nevertheless largely unknown today.

It’s disappointing that Wilberforce’s conversion to Christianity was only fleetingly addressed in the movie in light of its extraordinarily pivotal role in his decision to lead the abolition movement.

To the read the review, visit the Baptist Press by clicking here.

I have not seen the movie yet, but on Smith’s recommendation, I am planning to see the movie and learn more about the life of this remarkable Christian man, “a man of tremendous historical import who is nevertheless largely unknown today.”

Baptist Press announces that “Amazing Grace” has strong opening weekend.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“Amazing Grace,” the movie about British abolitionist William Wilberforce, had a strong opening weekend, finishing third among the top 20 movies on a per-theater average.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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