Fury: War and Evil through the Eyes of Manly Christianity

Audie Murphy (1925-1971) wrote “To Hell and Back.” It was an account of his time as a soldier in World War II. In 1955, he later starred in the film of the same name. Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II.

Murphy suffered from what today would be described as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s been reported that he slept with a loaded handgun under his pillow.

Nothing could really describe the hell of war, certainly not a film made in the 1950s.

A number of recent films have captured some of the horror of war. The D-Day massacre scene in Saving Private Ryan is a good example.

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FuryBut what few films do is deal with the moral struggle that intertwines all war movies. Atheists can claim that it’s “survival of the fittest,” although they rarely if ever push their matter-only, evolved being, “nature, red in tooth and claw” presuppositions this consistently.

But you and I know that the men and women who fight in wars have to be asking the bigger picture questions about the morality and meaning of it all in a world said to be governed by a Provident God. Alvin York struggled with these types of questions as he reluctantly fought in World War I. See the 1941 film Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper.

Author, director, and film producer Brian Godawa explores some of these issues in his review of the new film Fury starry Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf.


Maybe Fury is just another guys’ violent war movie about how war is hell.

But I doubt it

Fury is a war movie about a tank squad rumbling through the German countryside, killing SS and German soldiers near the end of World War II.

But it is so much more…


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