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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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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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Trivia

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 final credits are inter-cut by additional footage of some of the interviewees: Scott Butcher, Richard Carrier, Alan Dundes, Sam Harris, the Mikkelsons, Robert Price, Dr. Sipus, and others. See more »

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Features The Rapture (1941) See more »

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Blood Sacrifice Ritual
Written by DJ Madson
Performed by DJ Madson
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Purposely Provocative
22 May 2005 | by monimdbSee all my reviews

I was fortunate to catch the standing-room-only world premiere in San Francisco. The audience was riveted throughout, and emotions ranged from laughter to shock to anger to fright. The film's editing, while slightly clumsy, weaves in and out of the theme of stripping Christian beliefs bare and exposing the shallow limits of what they believe or even want to think about.

Extended gruesome scenes from Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of The Christ" were hard to watch, but necessary to glimpse at what was in the movie that was so popular with Christains.

I think a "believer" would start questioning his or her faith after seeing "The God Who Wasn't There." Hopefully this movie won't just be "preaching to the choir" of the freethinking crowd that is its natural audience.

The hip electronica/techno/new age soundtrack, mixed with bits of religious chanting and gospel grooves, is as provocative as the film. The first instinct is to get up and dance, but a close listen to the lyrics and voice-overs force the brain to work harder than the body.


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Country:

USA

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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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