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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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Brian Flemming

Writer:

Brian Flemming
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sam Harris ... Self - Author, 'The End of Faith'
Robert M. Price Robert M. Price ... Self - Fellow, Jesus Seminar
Richard Carrier ... Self - Historian
Earl Doherty Earl Doherty ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Butcher Scott Butcher ... Self - RaptureLetters.com
Alan Dundes Alan Dundes ... Self - Professor of Folklore, UC Berkeley
Jerry Falwell ... Self (archive footage)
Brian Flemming ... Self - Narrator
Barbara Mikkelson Barbara Mikkelson ... Self - Urban Legends Reference Pages, snopes.com
David Mikkelson David Mikkelson ... Self - Urban Legends Reference Pages, snopes.com
James Robison James Robison ... Self (archive footage)
Ronald G. Sipus Ronald G. Sipus ... Self - Superintendent, Village Christian Schools
Bailey Smith Bailey Smith ... Self (archive footage) (as Reverend Bailey Smith)
Dean Wycoff Dean Wycoff ... Self (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The documentary came about during Brian Flemming's research into his fictional thriller "The Beast". See more »

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[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Edited from The Passion Play (1903) See more »

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A Cosmic Error
Written by DJ Madson
Performed by DJ Madson
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Interesting and surprising
26 May 2005 | by mdcatonSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bóg, którego nie bylo See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA

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Beyond Belief Media See more »
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