Indivisible

Indivisible

Blu-ray Disc - 2019 | [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack], [English/Spanish version]
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Based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country. Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Before the Turners can even unpack, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone; as well as serving the families of the other deployed soldiers.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack], [English/Spanish version]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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llm1
May 26, 2019

Well worth the wait. Well done.

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MichelleinBallard
Apr 11, 2019

This is a powerful and well-acted film about faith and the trauma of war set in Iraq in 2006-2007. It's well worth watching.

Yet, it is also deeply troubling. The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an offensive (as opposed to defensive) war initiated on false pretenses in violation of international law and without a Congressional declaration of war. Yet, the filmmakers and characters in the film seem completely oblivious to and untroubled by these matters.

Christians worship a savior who was crucified by the Roman Empire at the behest of local religious authorities. The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ willingly went to his death as the sacrificial "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". Based upon this and other NT teachings (and particular Christian exegesis of the OT) , there is a deep, if narrow and contested, tradition of Christian pacifist opposition to war and military service dating back at least to the Patristic era.

Martin of Tours, a 4th century bishop, after serving for some time in the Roman cavalry is reported to have refused to take up arms for the Roman empire saying: "I am the soldier of Christ, it is not lawful for me to fight." Ambrose and, more specifically, Augustine would develop a Christian doctrine of "just war" that, among other things, proscribed offensive wars and has been widely accepted even as it has it also been widely ignored in practice.

My point is not that Christianity is or has ever been indisputably and unambiguously a pacifist faith--that would be an absurd, ahistorical position. Yet, I think it is undeniable that the church has long been troubled by and wrestled with war and its relationship to the church in light of Jesus' teaching and example. This legacy of Christians grappling with the serious theological and ethical implications of going to war at the behest of "Caesar" is virtually absent from *Indivisible*.

This is all the more disturbing in light of findings about the role "moral injury" plays in post-traumatic stress. Instead of courageously tackling the deeper spiritual and ethical issues raised by war and its impact on soldiers *Indivisible* beats a hasty retreat and instead hides behind cheap and easy cliches about fighting for freedom, national security, etc.

Sadly, no visible allowance is made in *Indivisible* for the possibility that for at least some soldiers the old-fashioned concept of repentance might be a key step in healing. To be clear, this is not to say that anyone should judge soldiers as in need of repentance but that repentance should be discussed and available as a potentially liberatory option for those who want or need it.

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violet_cat_2691
Apr 05, 2019

This movie was amazing. It was very emotional though, so have a box of tissues with you.

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bill77_0
Mar 25, 2019

Very good movie. Reminds one of the high cost of freedom.

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knobbyknees69
Feb 04, 2019

My husband and I thought this film was the best film about the "faced" military situations of returning soldiers by a Christian production company. Hankies are a must to view it...excellent character portrayals, even the young children!

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