Tuesday

"God on Trial"

God on Trial
On occasion my husband Mike and I enjoy watching films that challenge our thinking, especially in the spiritual realm.

"God on Trial", written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Andy de Emmony for Masterpiece Theatre is one of those movies.

And, where better to challenge God than in Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp where life gave way to death everyday for reasons that were unapparent or ludicrous at best.

Based on a legend that Jewish Auschwitz prisoners actually put God on trial, the film asks eternal questions that have never been satisfactorily answered in this life, and which quite possibly never will be answered.

From the PBS website:

Why is there so much suffering in the world and what kind of God would allow it to happen? Universal questions about faith and philosophy are at the heart of God on Trial, which was inspired by the legend that a group of concentration camp prisoners conducted a mock trial against the Almighty God. From all walks of life, a physicist, a glove maker, rabbis, a law professor and at least one criminal weigh the evidence and offer thoughtful arguments taken from history, science, theology and personal experience. Featuring Antony Sher (Primo), Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga, Take a Girl Like You), Dominic Cooper (Sense and Sensibility, The Duchess), Stephen Dillane (Anna Karenina, John Adams) and Stellan SkarsgÄrd (Mamma Mia!), God on Trial explores unfathomable loss and unshakable faith.

I recommend this movie to anyone who would like to think about the question of suffering. It would make a great discussion starter for a small group, a youth group, Sunday school class or for a family who likes to discuss the hard questions of life with each other.