by Andrew Osborne
Politics, priest scandals and Stryper have soured religion for many in the 21st Century, spurring an atheist movement that often recoils (or, in the case of Christopher Hitchens, raises a bemused, condescending eyebrow) at burkas, Bible-thumping and other such conspicuous displays of piety. But given the upcoming release of Higher Ground (Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut about a Christian woman’s struggle with faith), your pals at Nerve have compiled a list of true believer films even non-believers can enjoy.
Movie: Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
In the words of the film’s protagonist, Tevye (one of the impoverished Jewish residents of a tiny Russian village), “Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything. How to sleep, how to eat, how to work, how to wear clothes…and because of our traditions, every one of us knows who he is and what God expects him to do.”
Why atheists might like it:
There’s a reason this classic musical was a Broadway and Hollywood hit. The tunes are catchy, the “papa doesn’t always know best” family drama is timeless…and haven’t we all wondered at some point whether it would spoil some vast eternal plan if we were just a biddy biddy rich?