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The God Who Wasn't There

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Former fundamentalist Christian Brian Flemming places the core concepts of his former religion under the microscope in a documentary that attempts to do for religion what Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me did for the fast-food industry. In his bold quest to seek answers to the difficult questions that few are willing to pose, Flemming is joined by Deconstructing Jesus author Robert M. Price, renowned historian Richard Carrier, and The End of Faith author Sam Harris. From the ignorance of many contemporary ...
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Former fundamentalist Christian Brian Flemming places the core concepts of his former religion under the microscope in a documentary that attempts to do for religion what Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me did for the fast-food industry. In his bold quest to seek answers to the difficult questions that few are willing to pose, Flemming is joined by Deconstructing Jesus author Robert M. Price, renowned historian Richard Carrier, and The End of Faith author Sam Harris. From the ignorance of many contemporary Christians as to the origin of their religion to the striking similarities between Jesus Christ and the deities worshipped by ancient pagan cults and the Christian obsession with blood and violence, this faith-shaking documentary explores the many mysteries of the Christian faith as never before.
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Special Features

Two full-length commentary tracks: 1) Provocative thoughts on the dangers of religion with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and the web's leading faithless blogger The Raving Atheist; 2) Scholar Earl Doherty takes you step-by-step through the compelling case for the Christ-myth theory; Bonus interviews: over 60 minutes of selected footage with every interview subject in the documentary; Slide shows: "Explore the Myth" with links to the web for further information on each topic in the film; cast & crew biographies; Music: one full track ("Is This the Real Thing?" by DJ Madson remixing David Byrne) plus samples from the soundtrack album
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • UPC: 837101074865
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Microcinema
  • Time: 5:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Flemming Voice Only
Scott Butcher Participant
Alan Dundes Participant
David P. Mikkelson Participant
Barbara Mikkelson Participant
Ronald Sipus Participant
Sam Harris Participant
Richard Carrier Participant
Robert M. Price Participant
Technical Credits
Brian Flemming Director, Screenwriter
Amanda Jackson Co-producer
DJ Madson Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The God That Wasn't There
1. The Earth & the Sun [:50]
2. Faces of Christianity [:56]
3. Story of Jesus [2:19]
4. What Happened Next? [6:00]
5. Fact vs. Fiction [5:07]
6. Urban Legend [2:51]
7. The Hero Pattern [1:04]
8. Pagan Saviors [1:44]
9. Satan Did It [1:36]
10. Christians Don't Know [1:03]
11. It's About Blood [1:09]
12. The Passion [:36]
13. Soldiers for God [4:03]
14. Moderate Christianity [1:06]
15. Rapture Ready [3:40]
16. Left Behind [2:16]
17. Crazy [2:05]
18. School Daze [2:23]
19. The Superintendent [3:21]
20. Faith vs. Evidence [1:17]
21. We Need to Stop [3:51]
22. Chapel [1:57]
23. End Credits (Interviews) [:56]
24. End Credits (Other) [6:01]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The God That Wasn't There
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Features
      Extended Interviews
         Play All
         Scott Butcher
         Richard Carrier
         Alan Dundes
         Sam Harris
         Barbara & David P. Mikkelson
         Robert M. Price
         Ronald Sipus
      Commentaries
         The Scholar: Commentary on the "Christ Myth" Theory From Scholar Earl Doherty, Author of "The Jesus Puzzle"
         The Atheists: Godless Commentary From Scientist Richard Dawkins, the World's Most Famous Atheist; Blogger The Raving Atheist, the Web's Most Famous Atheist; and Others
      "Explore the Myth"
         Begin Slide Show
      Cast & Crew Bios
         View Bios
   Music
      Play "Is This the Real Thing?"
      Play "The God Who Wasn't There"
      Play "Blood Sacrifice Ritual"
      Play "The Price"
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    the god who never was

    Was informative to some one who never looked into the subject. But you could get every bit of this information for a third of the price by Bill Mahers "Religulous". And its really done much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    could have been better

    This documentary argues the "mythicist" case in the historical Jesus debate. This position says that Jesus of Nazareth wasn't a real person but a ficiton based on Jewish scriptures and mystery religions of the Roman Empire. It doesn't make sense to talk about a "real" Jesus--there wasn't any. This documentary has good information but could have been better produced--any high school student could have done a better job. The mythicist case is important to hear but the filmmaking and editing was so lousy that I almost wanted my money back. Robert M. Price was very intelligent and entertaining but it's too bad this film was produced the way it was. Save your money and read Price's "The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man" and Doherty's "The Jesus Puzzle" instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing!

    An outstanding documentary from director Brian Flemming which explores the argument that Jesus Christ was a myth. It begins with an amusing six minute life of Christ compiled from old film clips and later uses clips from The Passion of the Christ to illustrate how the blood and violence is simply gratuitous. Especially entertaining is the jolly Dr. Alan Dundes (professor of folklore at UC Berkeley) who happily points out how the stories of Jesus and gods that preceded him, such as Attis, Dionysus and Bacchus, are almost identical. It contains interviews with scholars like Sam Harris (author of The End of Faith), Robert Price (author of The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man) and Richard Carrier (historian and author of Sense and Goodness Without God). The DVD extras alone are worth the price of purchase with extended interviews and a slide show for PCs which gives active links on the web covering every topic in the film.

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    Posted April 20, 2009

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