America has long been called a Christian nation. In fact, over 70% of adults in America identify themselves as Christian. Yet when filmmaker Brandon McGuire heads to the streets to ask a few clarifying questions about how Christianity is defined within our culture, he is shocked by the answers he finds.
This provocative documentary takes us deep within the American mind and brings to the surface the big ideas that have influenced the way we think about ourselves and about God.
McGuire grew up with a middle class American view of Christianity. After college, though, he lived for three months in Africa, where he saw a very different kind of Christianity.
When he came back to America, he started to pay more attention to what people think about Christianity. As he asked questions, both online and on the street, it soon became apparent that people hold all manner of beliefs:
"Good people go to heaven; bad people end up in hell."
"All religions are basically the same."
"Christanity is just about rules."
"It’s about controlling people."
"No religion can be the only way to God or spirituality."
McGuire realized that this was an area of much confusion in America. So he set out to address it rationally. He asked such questions as:
"What is Christianity?"
"What are some of the ideas that have influenced the way people think about it?"
"Is there any evidence for God in the natural world?"
"If so, how can we know anything about who this God is?"
"Is there such a thing as objective truth, or is truth relative to cultures?"
McGuire then turns an eye to the central event in the Christian narrative – the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, this claim – that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead – makes Christianity testable:
"Is there evidence for the resurrection?"
"And if so, how credible is it?"
He interviews a variety of people – people on the street, former atheists and former believers in other religions, along with some of the most seasoned Christian scholars making the case for Christianity today such as Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, J Warner Wallace, Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Copan, and many more.
The result of all of this inquiry is Mining for God, a one hour long, expertly produced documentary that doesn’t preach at anyone. Rather, it raises good questions and respectfully offers intelligent food for thought.
Whether you would consider yourself a Christian or not - there is something of value for everyone in this film.