My View From The Country

Why The Movie “Noah” Upset This Rancher

Who knew that Noah, the Biblical hero of the Great Flood, was actually one the first environmental activists?

My family gathered together last Sunday to watch a movie. We found our options on DirectTV were pretty limited, but we voted for the movie “Noah.”

We’d heard the reviews for Noah when the movie first came out. The buzz was that the film was only loosely based on the Bible version, so we were prepared to see some liberties taken with the story. However, the differences turned out to be so stark that if it weren’t for the inclusion of the animals and the ark, you’d have a hard time claiming the movie was based on the Biblical story.

Still, that wasn’t the most disturbing part about this movie. It was the messaging throughout the movie that really wasn’t all that subtle. In fact, this movie did far more than deny the biblical account of Noah, it evangelized for what I call “the new religion.”

If you’re an observer of the environmental and animal welfare movements, you’re probably aware of how these groups have managed to come together under one tent. This commingling of anti-meat, anti-capitalist, pro-environment/anti-man, and anti-Christian factions is a relatively new phenomenon. And it’s occurred in a way that resembles a religion of sorts.

The tenets of this belief system were on full display in the “Noah” movie. Eating meat was linked with Cain (the evil brother) and his descendants. The most horrific and barbaric acts throughout the movie were associated with slaying of an animal or eating meat.


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One of the movie’s central themes was simply that eating meat is wrong on many fronts – morally, environmentally, spiritually and, of course, from a health standpoint. The anti-capitalist messages of the movie were more subtle, but the evil people who must be destroyed had constructed an industrial world. Of course, the result of this society was the rape and pillage of the land, and an upset of the natural and beautiful manner in which man was designed to live.

I have to admit that the movie’s pro-environment message was relatively well done, and likely would be readily accepted by almost everyone. However, it was swathed in an anti-man, anti-capitalism, anti-meat message. That message is that man destroyed creation; man is inherently dangerous to the environment; and man is the only negative in what otherwise would be both a beautiful and well-balanced system.

This new religion recognizes that there might be a creator – a higher being – but it’s not the traditional version of God. Meanwhile, the new infidels are those who believe in the outdated notion that man can be a positive force in the world, or who espouse the tenets or values that allowed our country to prosper.

What makes this world view so dangerous is that it is subtly advanced and carefully crafted in a way that makes it appear far less radical than it actually is. If I hadn’t read so much of these activist groups’ literature, if I hadn’t heard so much of their rhetoric, if I hadn’t seen the similarities between their messaging and tactics, I probably would have classified “Noah” as nothing more than a fairly unentertaining movie.

The danger of this new world view is that it isn’t openly promoted as a new religion, but rather as educated beliefs or principles. The danger is that it doesn’t tolerate non-believers (heretics) in any form or manner; they are to be minimalized and ostracized.

If you want to understand how well these groups package their message, rent the movie Noah. If you are want to be entertained, I suggest you pick some other movie. 

The opinions of Troy Marshall are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 11

Roy Mitchell (not verified)
on Aug 22, 2014

Thanks Troy, I am sorry you had to pay for that lesson.

J (not verified)
on Aug 22, 2014

I hate to be the devil's advocate here, but the Biblical account makes it clear that in the pre-flood world man did not eat meat and that God permitted Noah to consume meat only after the flood was over.

Jeff P (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2014

Please cite, chapter and verse, where Genesis (or any part of the Bible) tells us this.

J (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2014

Genesis 1:29: God's instructions to Adam on what to eat

Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

Genesis 9:3: God's instructions to Noah that he can now eat meat

Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.

In 9:3 since God said that he had given the green plant as food earlier and he is now giving meat to be food in the same way, it is apparent that meat was not a part of the pre-flood diet. While the Noah film veered away from Scriptures heavily, Noah and his family not eating meat is not among the inaccuracies. I'm no vegetarian by any means; I eat much more beef than the average American, but I have to admit that the Bible has a complicated viewpoint on eating meat.

on Aug 25, 2014

I think you might be the devil's advocate here.

Clyde Kinder (not verified)
on Aug 22, 2014

Haven't seen the movie but I'm a little disturbed at the way you seem to think anybody that is concerned about the environment is in bed with the commies or worse. I eat meat, farm (not hobby or organic but really farm), raise cattle and I am concerned about the environment. I also am a Christian.

And just for clarification, Jesus did not teach to get what you can, beat out your neighbor, waste the gifts you are given and let the devil take the hindmost. He also said suffer the little children to come unto me (not just those who we deem legal or worthy) and he told the rich young man that to be righteous sell all you own, give it to the poor and follow me.

Finally, since you seem, by your comments, to equate capitalism so firmly with Christianity (and I assume you would like for everyone to hold to what the laws of Leviticus, Deuteronomy and other parts of the Old Testament say-if not I apologize) please re-read Leviticus chapter 25 with a focus on verses 13- 28.

I believe in capitalism because it works ...but it's not perfect and it sure ain't tied to scripture (no political or economic system designed by man is).

Thank you

on Aug 25, 2014

Do you think maybe capitalism is friendlier to Christianity than socialism or communism?

Roberto Rodriguez Maza (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2014

I live in Venezuela and we are simply astonished on how comunism (deep corrupted) has been demolishing individual freedom, political dissidence, and religious beleifs. This is a nightmare

Anonymous Farmer (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2014

thank you Clyde for a voice of reason...I concur with you

W. E. (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2014

Clyde, I also concur. There are, thank God, many ways to farm, some of them more consciously kind than others to the environment, the well-being of animals, and the health and well-being of humanity. The best way I know to bring farmers and environmentalists together is to acknowledge that what is best for the land and for the animals is also best for human children. In 1989, we first tried the Savory method of grazing, with remarkable results. A twelve acre experiment led to a change of paradigm on this farm, a new purpose in life, and a deepening of faith. Troy, if you want to counter the anti-meat mentality, direct people to Allan Savory's TED talk, delivered in spring 2013.

Dan Hale (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2014

The atheist director did not use the Bible as the story line for this movie. His goal was to make God look evil. Before anyone else rents this movie here is in my opinion an accurate review.

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Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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