A few weeks ago my family saw "War of the Worlds" with Tom Cruise. Today we watched the 1953 version of "War of the Worlds" and compared the two. In 1953 - there were a LOT of references to God. In 2005 - there aren't. This isn't about the movies per se, but about attitudes - however, I must issue a warning - there are spoilers in here. If you haven't seen the 2005 movie, and plan to, you don't want to read further. Today's movie starts off with a divorced father who is late in meeting his kids, doesn't care if they have decent food or not, has a terrible relationship with them, and curses like a sailor. The 1953 version, near the beginning, has a young girl visiting with her Uncle, the priest, then meeting the scientist of the movie, and inviting him to a friendly "family/community" square dance. Today's version contains at least two murders. The 1953 version, though almost duplicating the circumstance of the "murder scenes" of the 2005 version, have no murders. Today's version shows people fleeing, but shows no one praying. The 1953 version showed whole families seeking shelter in God's house, praying for God's help. Today's version makes no reference to God being around at all. The 1953 version shows the people praying, then just as the alien starts to attack the church, it falters, falls and begins to die. As the alien dies, the scientist steps up to the dead alien and says, "You prayed for a miracle, and he provided." Both versions refer to germs, which mankind developed immunity to, killing the aliens. However ,the 1953 version phrases, "Germs, which God in His wisdom saw fit to place on this earth." My son was struck by the difference in godly attitudes as much as I was. As he put it, the 1953 version seemed to send a message of "don't mess with God," while the 2005 didn't know there is a God. If your kids want to see the "War of the Worlds" you might consider having them watch both versions, or maybe only the 1953 version.