A Matter of Faith

Theatrical Release: October 17, 2014
DVD Release: November 3, 2015


Limited Theatrical Release – A Christian girl goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by a popular Biology professor who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When her father suspects something happening, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers completely catches him off guard. Now very concerned about his daughter drifting away from the faith, he tries to do something about it.

Dove Review

“A Matter of Faith” boldly attacks a topic that almost everyone is interested in–Creationism vs. Evolution. This quality movie features solid acting including two veterans, Harry Anderson and Clarence Gilyard.

Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) was raised by loving parents in a Christian home and she is about to embark on her collegiate career. The college is three hours away and her father is a good man and a typical father, placing a $50 bill in her Bible before she leaves home with it. Jay Pickett does an excellent job as Rachel’s father, Stephen. When Rachel gets to her new school she is intrigued with her Biology teacher, Professor Marcus Kaman (Anderson). Biology is Rachel’s major (she plans to be a pharmacist) and Kaman is a big proponent of evolution. He starts off his class by showing the students a rubber chicken and an egg, followed by the inevitable question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” He believes it is the egg. When learning of this, Rachel’s father takes exception to it and on a visit to the college stops by Professor Kaman’s office. The professor challenges Stephen to a debate on the topic in the next forum put on by the college.

Rachel is embarrassed by the event but a student named Evan Carlson (Chandler Macocha) is a strong Christian and begins working on Rachel, attempting to bring her back to her faith and to see that her father loves her and is standing for his own faith in Christ.

Stephen Whitaker works on a former professor named Portland (played by Gilyard) that was fired years earlier by Kaman for teaching Creationism. He tells Portland it is high time he “gets back in the game.” The movie features a stirring climax and is wonderfully and well executed. The film concludes with a powerful scripture found in Psalms 100:3 : Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are his people, the sheep of His pasture.

We are more than happy to award “A Matter of Faith” our Faith Friendly Seal for ages twelve plus. Parents should consult the content listing. They may want children a bit younger to see it, although it is not intended for small children. When it comes right down to it, the film’s title is what the movie is all about.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A male student hints to his buddies that he plans to get more intimate with a girl but it does not happen.
Language: None
Violence: A student shoves another student but nothing further ensues.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A strong debate and exchange on the theory of evolution vs. creationism; tension and arguments between characters.


Company: Christiano Film Group
Director: Rich Christiano
Producer: Laura Burnell, Rich Christiano
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 79 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter