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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 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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The documentary came about during Brian Flemming's research into his fictional thriller "The Beast". See more »

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[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 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 »

Connections

Features The Rapture (1941) 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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A bold, eye-opening and hilarious film!
30 May 2005 | by DGCFitzgeraldSee all my reviews

My absolute favorite film of the year. The God Who Wasn't There brings to light some jaw-dropping information on the real origins of Christianity in an engaging and thoroughly entertaining way. A must see for everyone who has suspected that their Sunday school teacher might not have given them the whole story. Also has fascinating and thought-provoking interviews with some of the top scholars investigating the question of the historical Jesus and whether he really ever existed at all. I was particularly struck by the insights on modern Christianity and some of its more troubling aspects. The director, Brian Flemming, takes on all these topics but never loses his humor or warmth. I'm also looking forward to the DVD release, because the special features will be including more commentary tracks and interviews with figures such as world-famous biologist Richard Dawkins and groundbreaking Biblical scholar Earl Doherty. An amazing , excellent film!


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