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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 ... 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 ... 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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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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Brian Flemming has allowed theatrical screenings to be held by any person or group without the payment of royalties. 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 end credits include extra interviews with both scientists and Christians: not precisely outtakes, just extras. See more »

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Edited from The Passion Play (1903) See more »

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Every Single Day
Written by DJ Madson
Performed by Moya Ruskin and DJ Madson
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This fantastic documentary says what so many don't want to hear
24 May 2005 | by amowerySee all my reviews

As a second-generation atheist, I walked into this movie knowing as much about the historical aspects of Jesus as say, your average Christian; not much. This movie opened my eyes to the mythological aspects of Jesus and the attempts made by the Christian church to turn him into a messiah. I was particularly impressed by the interviews with Sam Harris, Richard Carrier, Alan Dundes and Robert Price, to name a few. Each one was able to put forth very clear reasoning as to why we should question the existence of Jesus Christ.

I highly recommend this movie to those of all faiths, or no faiths at all. Critical thinking and reasoning should be present for all of our personal tenets. If you haven't yet questioned the foundational pillars of your religion, there's no better time to start.


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