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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

Brian Flemming has allowed theatrical screenings to be held by any person or group without the payment of royalties. See more »

Quotes

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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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) 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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3 January 2015 | by Bento_de_EspinosaSee all my reviews

I'd like to give this movie a 10 for what it's trying to say, because, at the end, in the whole, it's true. But unfortunately, technically this movie is not very good. It feels amateurish. Background music is too loud, annoying, narration could be better and it even wrongly quotes Jesus with a passage out of context. That Paul didn't believe Jesus had lived on Earth is also just plain wrong.

Because of this and its tone of disdain, people who should be encouraged to use their brains and convinced that they believe in ridiculous things will dismiss this movie as inaccurate and biased.

Nevertheless, the message itself is true: FEAR is the central element in Christianity (and most religions). Fear (of going to hell) prevents people from truly, deeply REFLECTING. If they would reflect, they would stop believing, because when you think about all these things, you SEE how absurd they are.


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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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