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The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

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
Jerry Falwell ...
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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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 end credits include extra interviews with both scientists and Christians: not precisely outtakes, just extras. See more »

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Edited from The Living Bible (1952) See more »

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The Price
Written by DJ Madson
Performed by DJ Madson
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It's about time someone spoke their mind!
8 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time relating to the true nature of Christianity, and Jesus Christ. History has shown that it can be a very significant mistake to simply accept 'facts' which someone (or society) tells you to be truth, without an honest effort to determine whether or not it is based upon reality. The film explores the birth of Christianity, and OTHER possible HUMAN scenarios of how the current bible came to be--- instead of some supernatural series of events (which the majority of Christians unknowingly accept).

No matter who you are, you should definitely check this movie out. Even if you are not a Christian, it shows how historical documents can easily be distorted into something they are not- and in this case, possibly form an entire religion around.

Great Movie, I wish there were more like it !


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