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"Noah" film under fire for story embellishment

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The film "Noah" has been the subject of controversy with some religious groups claiming the story has been inaccurately portrayed. That has prompted Paramount Pictures to add a disclaimer to its marketing material saying "artistic license has been taken" in telling the story.

So, should Christians go see Noah? Liberation Christian Center's Bishop James Dukes said no.

"I would be stretching it to say because then I would be endorsing it, and in that way, I would not suggest it because film becomes reality, and if we say go see it then we're saying that this is a good rendition of what's in the bible," said Bishop Dukes in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

Dukes screened the film as have other faith-based leaders around the country. Many have blasted the film for its biblical inaccuracies.

"The main difference that I noticed was the addition of characters that they added on," said Dukes.

The film's director Darren Aronofsky was quoted in The New Yorker as saying Noah "is the least biblical film ever made."

Though Noah, the flood and the arc is arguably one of the most commercialized stories in the bible, "No movie that's based on the bible is ever going to be 100% biblically accurate," said DePaul University Religious Studies Associate Professor Scott Paeth.

Paeth said most of the stories, like the Noah story, are very short.

"And so to present that on the screen in any way that would be accurate to the text would be a very short movie," Paeth said.

Paeth teaches 'Taking the Bible to the Movies.' He also blogs about the subject matter. He's encouraging his students to see Noah.

"What I want my students to do when they go to the movies is I want them to ask about where that intersection is between their cultural presuppositions and their deeply held religious convictions," added Paeth.

"Noah" opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.

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