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May 17, 2011

Brad Pitt: 'I've Got Issues' with Christianity

'Tree of Life' star says he grew up in the faith, and questioned it even at a young age

Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, one of the year's most anticipated movies, made its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, and Brad Pitt, one of the stars of the film, said that he questioned his own Christian upbringing from a young age.

"I grew up with Christianity, and I remember questioning greatly some things that didn't work for me, [and] some things did," Pitt said at a press conference, as quoted by TheInsider.com. "I grew up being told that God's gonna take care of everything and it doesn't always work out that way, and when it doesn't work out that way, then it's God's will. I got my issues man, don't even get me started...I got my issues."

Pitt also said, "Many people find religion to be something inspiring. . . . I myself find it very stifling as an individual." (CT has requested an interview with Pitt; stay tuned.)

Meanwhile, the reviews are beginning to come in, with mixed results, and even boos!


IndieWire: 'A Universe-Spanning Search for God'

Variety: "Inescapably divisive picture could captivate the zeitgeist for a spell."

The Guardian: "An unashamedly epic reflection on love and loss."

MovieLine: "It's all about life, but does Malick care much for people?"

Huff Post: "It's brilliant."

Hollywood Reporter: "A beauteous creation that ponders the imponderables."

Slant: "Malick's ultimate doctrine on light, sound, religion, rage, regret, guilt, promise, and memory."

NY Times: "A cosmic head movie of the most ambitious order."


Pardon me, but why is this offered by CT? Is it because of Brad Pitt's statement "I've got issues with Christianity."? His life style offers no indication of any bent toward Christianity, even with the "good works" that are attributed to him.

Once more I am puzzled at the content of an article offered by CT...an article whose only merit seems to be the word "Christianity" included in a comment made by Brad Pitt.

What is the intended benefit to those, like myself, who read it? Perhaps to remind us to pray for those who by the world's standards seem to have everything, but in reality are spiritually poverty stricken.

Mark, to me, this is very relevent to have in Christianity Today. These stars have a podium, and people do listen. We as a church need to know what they are preaching and how to bring the truth of the Word of God to counter what the celebrities preach. Also, to help educate our children and youth so that they do not fall into these types of lies.

Here's a great example, Oprah: one of the most influencial women of today, preaching a gospel of spirituality outside of Christ she now has many followers. She started out a firm Christian, what happened? Why has she strayed away from her faith? She was sitting in church and the preacher was preaching from Exodus 20:5 where God says that He is a jealous God. She totally misinterpreted the scripture's meaning, thinking that God was jealous OF her, not jealous FOR her (this is on Youtube, straight from her mouth). That's when she started to stray from Christianity.

So, yes, it is a relevent topic to be discussed in Christianity Today


Brad Pitt's making noises again without movie cameras rolling.


I went to church with Brad's brother in Springfield, MO - his parents went to a baptist church but would visit our church occasionally...Brad is a product of the modern gospel - listen to what he says: "I grew up being told that God's gonna take care of everything and it doesn't always work out that way, and when it doesn't work out that way, then it's God's will." We've truncated the gospel and now preach it with the wisdom of man, therefore have emptied the cross of its power (1 Cor 1:17). God is not a genie. Not everything is "taken care of." Suffering is real and is promised. Injustice, pain, and every one of the 10 commandments being smashed by man on a constant basis. What he never came face to face with was a holy God who hates sin and is angry with sinners everyday, but who loved them enough while they were/are enemies to pay the legal fine for their sin. When someone can get close enough to truly present the gospel to Brad again, please start with the 10 commandments (Rom 3, Galatians 2:24, and many other NT places) to strip away his self-righteousness and give the Holy SPirit something to work with in convicting him so the cross of Jesus Christ may have value, and he may flee to it for mercy in repentance.

If Pitt finds religion stifling, perhaps he's not doing it right. Those who find liberation in religion do not think of themselves as stifled. Perhaps Pitt is identifying religion with "beliefs about" rather than as being in a relationship with God.

Maybe Brad just doesn't like being told what to do.

Amen, Steven! To anyone interested, for how to share the gospel this way, see thegoodpersontest.net. For WHY to do this (present the gospel biblically to avoid making false converts), see freewonderfulbook.com.

Sorry--I meant Amen to DAVE J!

He simply doesn't understand there's a difference between "religion" & a relationship with Jesus Christ.

As Christians, shouldn't we essentially be interested in the opinions of all people, especially when they're just trying to give an honest answer to a question they've been asked, seeing as we're supposed to love all people as we love ourselves?

Apparently Brad had some bad experiences with the church; that's a pity. Just another example that could inspire us to make a better effort in representing Jesus to others. Shouldn't love, respect and humility come quicker to Christians than judgment?

I don't think "preaching" the ten commandments is the way to minister the Gospel to anyone. Showing God's love to confused people (which Brad is) the way to draw them in, not condeming them. When people do wrong they know they are wrong, no matter how much they say what they are doing is right or okay. No need to bring to their attention something that they already know.

I just looked at Thegoodpersontest referenced above and find that it is not sound theology. It doesn't account for God's redemptive grace and forgiveness. Instead, it appears to preach that we can only go to heaven if we don't do anything wrong. Make the first mistake, and it's an eternity in hell? If this is not the intention, then the website is poorly thought out.

What about the movie, trying to find Christian reviews on the movie itself... anybody seen the movie and can speak from a Christian viewpoint??

5 Bible verses that prove Christianity Today is no longer authentic Christian.


"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

Proverbs 24:1

"Do not envy wicked men,
do not desire their company"


"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Isaiah 5:20-21

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes _ and clever in their own sight."

2 Chronicles 19:2

"Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you

This is why Christianity Today is not really Christian - it's actually run by the same type of guys who took over the Ivy League schools and made them secular.

They have their hands on the plow and are looking back with a yearning: "If only I could go to Cannes Film Festival and be cool like Brad....oh well, there's always Christianity!"

Shouldn't we all be praying for one another? God will make a way where there is no way. God will put the right person or experiences into another's life, sooner or later. Corrie Ten Boom prayed for people and some of them took 50 or 60 years to come to Christ. She knew this because they actually wrote to her years later. And remember, only God knows what is really in our hearts, Brad Pitt's, yours, or mine.

Wow. Julie totally misses the point.

Christianity Today is simply providing us with insight and information about people who shape culture so that we can be better informed and can figure out how to dialogue better with those OUTSIDE the faith, so that we might be able to present the gospel more effectively and bring them INSIDE the faith.

They are doing nothing of the sort such as "calling evil good," there is NO WAY you could infer that by a reading of the text of the article.

Perhaps you should be careful of casting stones so carelessly.

So many people have doubts or are turned off by Christianity because of how they were taught when they were children. Well I say; Be a maverick! Read the Bible for yourself and then form your OWN opinion. Take time to try and understand what you don't, by praying and asking GOD to open your eyes, mind and heart as you read. HE will. Christianity is intense, gives you hope and shows you that GOD wants us to be with HIM when HE sends JESUS for HIS people. All I can say to Brad is "Read the Bible and pray for insight" because GOD will give it to him.pco

Brad....It's not about trying Christianity, it is about a relationship with Jesus. Like in any other relationship, you have to put in to it. Jesus is always there for us and shows us in His Word. He loves us and He loves Brad. He is waiting on Brad to come back to Him. God wants the best for Brad. The world says "If it be God's will for things to happen." We need to look to the Bible to see what God's will is, not to man and made up religion.
Michelle from Broken Arrow Oklahoma

Rather than getting all wound up about Brad Pitt, go see the Tree of Life. It is a profound experience, rooted in Scripture and demonstrating as few films ever have the insidious truth of our sin nature. Pitt and the entire cast are wonderful, but Malick is the star here. Using biblical language and imagery, he explores what human life is. His answer? We will live in Grace or we will live by our nature. At one point the Apostle Paul is quoted: "The things that I should do, I do not. But the things that I should not do are the very things that I do." Ah, there's the rub. We need grace!

Sorry, I don't see Brad's movies any more. He's one heck of an actor capable of taking you with him into the character he's playing at the moment. But, he cheated on Jennifer and with what, oops, I mean who and still lives in sin. Than he shows so little respect for who, he won't marry her and give her and his children whom he professes to love so much a legal mother and father like other kids as his kids will find out as they get older. Of course, the kids live in a cocoon due to the money both people have. Believe me, every women wants that legal ring on their finger, they're lying if they say anything else. I think he doesn't know God because he doesn't want to know God. Jesus said to leave those who won't listen and go on to those will listen, they will answer to him. I simply have no respect for Brad or Jolie any more, they deserve each other. Neither of them make any attempt to teach their kids to be Christians so that tells me neither are Christians so they can do their own thing. That attitude is worst than the living in sin action because their thinking does their own thing and gives nothing to God or Jesus or even try to. Christians at least try to teach their children about God and Jesus. At least they give their kids a chance to make their decision about God instead of not even giving them the chance of knowing God. That's the sin I feel Brad and Jolie are really committing to please themselves. They aren't bringing their children to Jesus, they aren't even trying.

instead of getting all wound up about Brad Pitt, go see the Tree of Life. It is a very good film and a lot to learn from it.
Stop questioning peoples beliefs and start questioning your own lives and beliefs, and work and live according to them

don't see Brad's movies any more. He's one heck of an actor capable of taking you with him into the character he's playing at the moment. But, he cheated on Jennifer and with what, oops, I mean who and still lives in sin.

There are alot of good comments that I've read, both about those leading people to Christ and being careful not to judge others but there is one verse that the Bible speaks of regarding someone's salvation that might shed some light on this topic. It is in 1 John 4:3-4 "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every Spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even know already is it in the world." I believe that Jesus Christ did indeed come down in the flesh to save me from my sins, and not only for my sins but for the sins of the whole world.Salvation is God's free gift, based on the finished work of Jesus' death on the cross. I am writing a one page paper analyzing the biblical worldview of Brad Pitt,and wondered if anyone can tell me if Brad has ever confessed Jesus Christ as His personal Saviour?