‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor John Rhys-Davies Says the World Owes Christianity ‘the Greatest Debt of Thanks’

Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies giving master class during 6th edition of International Festival of Independent Cinema Off Plus Camera in Kijów Cinema, Kraków, 2013. Franciszek Vetulani / Creative Commons

The Lord of the Rings star John Rhys-Davies, a self-described “rationalist” and “skeptic,” says the world owes Christianity “the greatest debt of thanks” for making the world a better place.

Rhys-Davies made the declaration on the red carpet at the 28th annual Movieguide Awards, held late last month at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood. The awards show celebrates faith and family content in movies and television. The actor’s voice was featured as Evangelist in the animated film “Pilgrims Progress,” which was honored at the gala.

“I count myself a rationalist and a skeptic, and I find myself constantly defending Christians and Christianity,” Rhys-Davies said in an interview with The Christian Post. “I find that wonderful because we seem to forget that Christian civilization has made the world a better place than it ever was. One of the great glories was the abolition of slavery, for instance. And there is still slavery and that makes me very mad.”

The Welsh actor, who played Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, also has a starring role in the upcoming faith-based film, I Am Patrick, which releases for St. Patrick’s Day. Fathom Events is set to screen the inspirational docudrama nationwide on March 17 and 18. It examines the life of the fifth-century missionary saint who is often called the Apostle of Ireland.

The movie garnered positive feedback from Lisa M. Hendey, author of The Secret of the Shamrock, who said the feature-length film is “faithfully rooted in his own writings and historically accurate storytelling.”

“St. Patrick overcame his own failings and experienced a challenging yet profound conversion and then devoted his life to share the Gospel with zeal, joy and love,” Hendey said. “This film tells his story with truth, candor and beauty.”

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Source: Christian Headlines