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Living in a relativistic society, many Americans see little need for a discussion of ethics. But when immorality is discovered at the heart of a crisis, like the Tyco scandal amid the U.S. economic downturn, even liberal relativists join in the finger-pointing, condemning with the rest of the country the actions of the “corrupt” individuals.
Why would someone who professes to believe there is no absolute truth feel so strongly that something is wrong? Where does such an idea come from? And, if it is correct, how can an individual or culture do what is right?
These questions have occupied the minds of the greatest philosophers and intellectuals for centuries, and they’re nothing new to men like Robert George and Chuck Colson. In Doing the Right Thing, George and Colson share their knowledge and experience in an engaging discussion on ethics in modern culture that will the stir the minds of the intellectually honest.
Gathered at Princeton University in front of a live student audience, George and Colson are joined by an impressive array of panelists—prominent scholars of various fields of study including history, business, ethics, and philosophy. The discussions are organized into six sessions, each one tackling a hot topic about issues such as truth, moral law, ethics in the marketplace, and the definition of humanity.
Watching a panel of experts sit and talk may sound dull to some, but this film is anything but that. The topics are crucial and supremely relevant, resulting in stimulating dialogue that is fueled by the passionate enthusiasm of the speakers. The filmmakers also show skill in making this movie as entertaining as they can through their production approach.
The pacing is smooth, keeping viewers engrossed by interspersing interviews with outside sources and a personal talk with Colson throughout the panel dialogue. In addition, students in the live audience ask questions, which often interject a note of controversy into the discussion. Though there is little opportunity for notable cinematography in a film of this genre, the quality of the camerawork, lighting, sounds, transitions, and overall structure shows an experienced hand at work.
Christians may not learn much from Doing the Right Thing that they didn’t already know, since believers have the answers to many of these otherwise puzzling life questions. But this film is a perfect tool to reach skeptics, relativists, or any non-Christians who can handle deep discussion and intellectual concepts.
Secularists shouldn’t be offended or put-off by this movie, as most of the panelists avoid heavily endorsing any particular religious point of view and instead reference a variety of philosophical, ideological, and historical sources for their arguments, along with the more religious and spiritual ideas that are discussed.
Ultimately, however, the exploration of ethics can only lead to one conclusion, and, with true intellectual integrity, the panelists are unafraid to follow that logical path. Without any apparent effort to force conversion, this film points to the only answer to the ethical crisis that is toppling modern culture—the God Who instilled in all beings the knowledge of right and wrong, that concept called ethics.
Check out these similar titles:
Charles Colson on Politics & the Christian Faith (Zondervan, 2008)
How Should We Then Live? (Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Dist.: Vision Video)
The Consequences of Ideas (R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries)