For the Bible Tells Me So

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A timely and poignant examination of gays, their families and religion.



Total Count: 50


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Grounded by the stories of five conservative Christian families, the film explores how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to support its agenda of stigmatizing the gay community and eroding the separation between church and state.

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Critic Reviews for For the Bible Tells Me So

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  • Progressive clergy provide enough historical context to neutralize the handful of Bible verses prohibiting homosexual acts, but Karslake never confronts the broader issues of sexuality and procreation that bedevil even moderate Christians.

    Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This is a compelling, thought-provoking portrait of a quiet challenge rising within America's churches.

    Nov 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Daniel Karslake's remarkable documentary boldly takes on a loaded topic -- Christianity and homosexuality -- and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.

    Oct 26, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A brisk, entertaining and even moving exploration of the sometimes frayed intersection where Christianity meets homosexuality.

    Oct 25, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Its main surprise is the compassion shown toward everyone, on all sides of the debate. It does not vilify those who vilify gays.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • While the film is unlikely to sway anyone whose mind already isn't made up, it provides plenty food for thought in its examination of biblical doctrine on same-sex love and how it resonates to this day.

    Oct 19, 2007

Audience Reviews for For the Bible Tells Me So

  • Jun 20, 2013
    A moving and emotional documentary about gays and their place in the Bible. It's scary but essential to witness how many people blindly follow Christianity and it's Bible.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2012
    I literally don't know what to write for this film, like I don't know where to begin.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    More informative than you would expect it to be, this movie rises above mere morality issues and bible smashing. Instead, it explores the bible in its historical context along with exploring human thought and psychology on the subject of homosexuality both on its own and in relation to religion and human nature. Although I was hoping for deeper exploration of the bible in relation to history, I found this movie satisfying.
    Matt P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    While I think that trying to find counter-arguments against Christians who use the Bible to justify their anti-gay agenda to be kind of a fruitless effort (They are stubborn and hateful people and I honestly don't have the time or the energy to try to convince them of a truth they will never accept), I do find fascinating the varied stories about families personally dealing with this very issue. Its easy to disregard members of a minority community until they become a part of your everyday life. The stories range from very sad to rather inspiring and it makes for an interesting look at how Biblical Literalism is an impossible theology for anyone to seriously follow.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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