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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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The documentary came about during Flemming's research into his fictional thriller _Beast, The (2006)_ 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 end credits include extra interviews with both scientists and Christians: not precisely outtakes, just extras. See more »

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Thought provoking - Brilliant - Hang On!
5 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A well executed documentary discussing the probability that Jesus Christ never existed. Should a "believer" view this with an open mind, there can be no escaping what is right there in front of you. The facts are presented in a gentle and sometimes amusing manner. (You just gotta love the little devil hopping about on the time line.) But yet, they are still facts.

Even without an open mind, the viewer would be hard pressed not to admit that the film is, at the very least, entertaining and well done.

There are many eye-catching animations and several excellent interviews with scholars discussing the lack of proof that Jesus ever existed. No apologies to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ either!

This is a film not to be missed - with or without an open mind. Already a non-believer? Then you'll howl with delight throughout the entire film. Believer? Folks would be so much poorer for not having weighed the subject matter, giving it serious thought and entertaining the possibility that Brian Flemming and the subjects of his interviews just might be right.

As the website says: Hang on to your faith. It's in for a bumpy ride.


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