- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2014

Note to Christians and those who believe the Bible: The producer of the movie “Noah,” a self-professed atheist, says he is proud of the fact that he’s taken a story inspired by God’s word and turned it into something so secular.

Director Darren Aronofsky called his movie “the least biblical biblical film ever made,” The Telegraph reported. He also claimed his leading character, Noah, was the “first environmentalist,” something that suggests the movie storyline doesn’t exactly follow the Bible’s.

And something else the suggests a serious divergence from the biblical account: Not once during the movie is the name “God” spoken, an early reviewer found, The Telegraph reported.

Christian groups have raised such an outcry that Paramount, the studio that’s put out the film, has issued an explanatory statement.

It reads, in part: The film is “inspired by the story of Noah” but at the same time, “artistic license has been taken.” The statement also gives this helpful advice: “The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”

Mr. Aronofsky, meanwhile, describes his version of the biblical story as a “dark parable about sin, justice and mercy,” that leads Noah to serve as judge and jury of who gets on the boat — and who dies, The Telegraph said.

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Among the complaints is that the director paints Noah as more a man of the environment than a true follower of God.

“The insertion of the extremist environmental agenda is a problem,” said Jerry Johnson, the president of the National Religious Broadcasters group, in The Telegraph.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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