Christian Themes In INTERSTELLAR | Finding Christ In Cinema

Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR is a great film for sharing the Good News of God’s love with friends. We’ll give you two simple tools to do that on this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema.

This image is the official movie poster for the Christopher Nolan film INTERSTELLAR starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

Like God, Cooper’s love for Murph transcends time and space in Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR.


Cooper needs to have faith in something, and as the everyman protagonist of this film he lets us, as the audience, see in him as that character, our own need to have faith in something. The two people in whom Cooper believes he can have faith are Dr. Brand and Dr. Mann, but it turns out that those two people have put their faith in a lie.

Unbeknownst to the Endurance crew, Dr. Brand has already solved his “equation of gravity,” and the results that he gets indicate doom for the human race. No matter what the findings of the explorations, Plan A will not work. He sends the crew on the mission anyway, and after some time on Dr. Mann’s planet they realize that it was all, as Murph called it in the video, a sham.

This proved that Cooper should not have put his faith in Dr. Brand, Dr. Mann, and any of their schemes because they were founded on a desperate lie. He should have instead put his faith in love Not only the love that Dr. Amelia Brand felt for Dr. Edmunds but also the love he had for Murph.

Transcendent Love

While inside the tesseract of Gargantua, this idea of love transcending time and space finally clicks for Coop as he successfully communicates his fatherly love to the grown Murph via the vessel of gravity. The “ghost” she thought was haunting turns out to be her own father expressing his love for her and his desire to help her even if from afar.

This perfectly sums up how God’s love is extended to us. It’s the type of love that transcends time and space and yet is still too familiar for those who wish to follow God. It’s the type of love that means laying down your life in order to save someone else’s life. It’s the type of love God showcased and demonstrated while He let His Son die on the cross for us, thus extending that never-ending love.

Christian Themes In INTERSTELLAR

In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.

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QUESTION: What Christian themes did you find in INTERSTELLAR? Let us know below.


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