I, for one, am a Christian. I believe in God and I believe in Jesus Christ. Having said that, I believe a good percentage of what I have been taught from childhood to be false. Not God's word, but rather man's attempt to express God's word, distorting it over and over again throughout the past few thousand years. As stated in this film; the history of Jesus Christ parallels the life of Hercules, from mythical Pagan folklore. The similarities to their two lives are remarkable, so much so that had Johnnie Cochran been alive and well and practicing law so many thousand years ago, whoever wrote the first tails of Hercules would have had a dead bang case of plagiarism against whoever published the first Bible, with regard to the life and times of Jesus Christ.
But The Man From Earth is not about God-bashing, as some on this message board have claimed. It is about thinking, about ideas, about stretching not only the imagination, but looking beyond the furthest horizon and asking what if? Fundimentally, it's just a movie, intended to entertain us, the viewer. I personally doubt there are any 14,000 year old cavemen teaching History at Stanford. But unlike so many movies, The Man From Earth challenges the viewer to think. It has been nearly a month since my sister and I first watched it, and still we cannot stop debating and arguing. My husband has declared Friday to be Man From Earth Day, and the past two weeks we have had friends and family over for dinner and then we all watch the movie, and then we all talk about it, sometimes pretty loudly. Last Friday, we argued almost as much as the people in the movie, one couple didn't leave until two in the morning! Tonight my Father In-Law is coming over for dinner and a movie, and I am apprehensive to say the least, as he is a devout fundamentalist.
My highest praise to Mr. Bixby, and to everyone else responsible for making this wonderful wonderful film. I cannot remember the last time I wished to have been in the shoes of a character, to participate in the story I was watching. The Man From Earth certainly is not for everyone, as there are no special effects, no car chases, no explosions, no nudity and no big name stars, and considering the mentality of religion, people across the globe still killing each other to this day in the name of their Gods, The Man From Earth is not for self-righteous intolerant individuals too trapped by their own self-importance to simply open their minds and ask a question or two.
I still pray, I still believe. But not quite so blindly.