Did you see "God's Not Dead". It's pretty much what you'd expect - i.e. hilarious - but I thought you'd have an interesting take on how the philosophy class is represented.
I haven’t seen it. And, since I doubt the producers will agree to pay me what 113 minutes of my time is worth, I’m unlikely to see it.
But I did look up the plot summary on Wikipedia:
Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a Christian college student, enrolls in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffrey Radisson (Kevin Sorbo), an atheist, who demands that his students sign a declaration that “God is dead” to get a passing grade. Josh is the only student in the class who refuses to sign and is then required by Radisson to debate the topic with him, with the class members deciding who wins.
Radisson gives Josh 20 minutes at the end of the first three lecture sessions to argue that God exists. In the first two debates, Radisson has counter arguments for all of Josh’s points. Josh’s girlfriend Kara (Cassidy Gifford) breaks up with him, fearing that standing up to Radisson will jeopardize their academic future. Ultimately, it comes down to the third and final debate between Radisson and Josh, who again both make compelling points. Josh then halts his line of debate to pose a question to Radisson: “Why do you hate God?” After Josh repeats the question twice more, Radisson explodes in rage, confirming he hates God for his mother’s death that left him alone despite his prayers. Josh then casually asks Radisson how he can hate someone that doesn’t exist. In the end, Martin (Paul Kwo), a foreign exchange student whose father had encouraged him not to convert to Christianity, stands up and says “God’s not dead.” Almost the entire class follows Martin’s lead, causing Radisson to leave the room in defeat.
I take it there’s a bit more in there. A bunch of people convert to Christianity and a bunch of other people get their comeuppance for being rude to God. That sort of thing. But I guess this whole philosophy class bit is the central plot element, since it was also the central element of that ridiculous email a bunch of people’s grandmothers forwarded to me ten times back in 2011 and 2012.
Now, I’ve never forced my students to disavow their faith — or even to ever say anything about their faith, or lack thereof. I also can’t imagine giving a student a full hour of class time to argue about God; that seems like an odd use of valuable class time and I’d expect the other students to complain about the way I planned my class. But, then, it might be the case that the philosophy professor really wants to be proved wrong, since he’s been mad at God ever since God refused to keep his mother alive forever, as he’d requested. I dunno; maybe I’m the exception.
There’s one thing the movie does get right, though. This is what philosophy professors look like: