Nashville’s Ming Wang inspired ‘God’s Not Dead’ film character



Two years ago, Rice Broocks chronicled in a book the life stories of six individuals, their atheist beginnings and their search to find God.

One of these individuals is Dr. Ming Wang.

Wang, a cataract and LASIK surgeon in Nashville, holds a doctorate in laser physics. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with honors, and he was one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform laser cataract surgery.

This man — a highly educated person of science — also transitioned from atheism to Christianity while he was a student.

Wang’s story, which was captured by Broocks in his book “God’s Not Dead,” served as the inspiration for the character Martin Yip in the movie of the same name, which was released March 21 and has made a splash at the box office with $22 million in earnings.

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