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The third installment to the series, “God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness,” delivers exactly what audiences have come to expect from the series: a wonderfully modern storyline, amazing characters and beautiful truths.  

This Christian drama is perfectly fit with problems our society faces. Issues of state versus religion and the vast religious beliefs showcased on college campuses are two of the major problems expressed in the film.

Picking up exactly where the second movie ended, Reverend Dave Hill (David White) is released from jail after refusing to turn his past sermons over to the state.

The movie’s problems quickly build as a protest of Hill’s on-campus church leads to the church being burned down and the death of a major character. Both Hill and the campus must deal with the death, and soon a legal battle ensues.

As per tradition, the movie showcases a vast collection of characters including returning characters Reverend Hill, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) and Reverend Jude (Benjamin Onyango).There were several new characters audiences will quickly fall in love with including Pearce Hill (John Corbett), Thomas Ellsworth (Ted McGinley) and Keaton (Samantha Boscarino). Each lives through different perspectives of the story and struggle with fighting for their own beliefs, even if they are unsure what those beliefs are.

While this movie is a Christian film, audiences of all religious beliefs can appreciate it. Major character development is witnessed in both Hill and others helping to reach the movie’s message of compromise and peace over strife and unity among all beliefs.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
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