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Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

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Credited cast:
Sam Harris ...
Himself - Author, 'The End of Faith'
Robert M. Price ...
Himself - Fellow, Jesus Seminar
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Himself - Historian
Earl Doherty ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Butcher ...
Himself - RaptureLetters.com
Alan Dundes ...
Himself - Professor of Folklore, UC Berkeley
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself - Narrator
Barbara Mikkelson ...
Herself - Urban Legends Reference Pages, snopes.com
David Mikkelson ...
Himself - Urban Legends Reference Pages, snopes.com
James Robison ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ronald G. Sipus ...
Himself - Superintendent, Village Christian Schools
Bailey Smith ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Reverend Bailey Smith)
Dean Wycoff ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Documentary filmmaker Brian Flemming examines the Bible and discusses the history of early Christianity, raising doubts as to whether the New Testament personage Jesus ever really existed. Flemming examines the similarity of the Jesus story to other savior myths of the time and points to inexplicable gaps in early Christian history that combine to shed doubt on the Bible's Jesus story. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Hold on to your faith. It's in for a bumpy ride. See more »


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6 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Bóg, którego nie bylo  »

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The Superboy story that Robert Price refers to (where he goes into to the future to discover he is considered only a folktale in the future) appeared in Adventure Comics #279 . It does not refer to the Earth-23/Pocket Universe Superboy story of a similar theme. See more »

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Narrator: The Earth revolves around the Sun. But it wasn't always that way. The Sun used to revolve around the Earth. It was like that for hundreds of years, until it was discovered to be otherwise, and even for a few hundred years after that. But, ultimately, after much kicking and screaming, the Earth did, in fact, begin to revolve around the Sun. Christianity was wrong about the solar system. What if it's wrong about something else, too? This movie's about what happened when I went ...
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The final credits are inter-cut by additional footage of some of the interviewees: Scott Butcher, Richard Carrier, Alan Dundes, Sam Harris, the Mikkelsons, Robert Price, Dr. Sipus, and others. See more »

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Features The Passion of the Christ (2004) See more »

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Come On To Freedom
Written by DJ Madson
Performed by Moya Ruskin and DJ Madson
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Interesting and surprising
26 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting film for Christians and atheists alike, and not at all what I was expecting. Rarely is faith approached in such a commonsense, factual way. The film maker's personal investment in the documentary is a big part of what makes it compelling. The first half of it is basically a summary of the known historical facts around the figure of Christ. The second half of it delves into modern Christians' (particularly American Christians) knowledge and understanding of the origins of the modern religion. There are some pretty tense moments when the film maker discusses the foundations of the faith with his former school principle. All in all, an interesting film well worth watching.


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