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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

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Brian Flemming
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Cast

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

Quotes

[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 Living Bible (1952) See more »

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Is This The Real Thing?
Written by DJ Madson
Performed using MY FAIR LADY by David Byrne and DJ Madson
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Very good movie, entertaining and informative
15 August 2005 | by kenl-5See all my reviews

This movie (more like a documentary) was very well put together, entertaining and very informative, and like with any documentary, the information contained should be researched and verified. Brian Flemming makes it easy to do. The content is not derogatory to Christians (although, they may disagree) and the information included should be known to them (although, their churches would disagree). The movie makes some very good points about the most basic of peoples beliefs and will lead to a heavy debate (unless you watch it alone). I have shared this movie with quite a few people already, most give great reviews, the only negative so far...it's not long enough. While I enjoyed the bonus interviews, I found the background sounds a bit distracting.


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