February 1, 2014

I Finally Watched Brian Flemming's Documentary 'The God Who Wasn't There: A Film Beyond Belief'

I finally was able to get my hands on the documentary The God Who Wasn't There by Brian Flemming. An independent effort released in 2005 (yup, that's nearly a decade ago),  it tries to provide evidence for the Jesus myth hypothesis. I can't say that it did a great job but you can certainly learn a lot from it.

Most of the contents of the documentary wouldn't sound new to you if you've been previously reading about the origins of the Jesus Christ story. If you've already read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins or God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, most of the assertions in The God Who Wasn't There are merely repetitions of what's been discussed in these books. I'm not saying that Flemming repeated what Dawkins and Hitchens had to say as The God Who Wasn't There was produced and released much earlier than their books.

What I'm trying to say is this documentary will be much more entertaining and educational to someone who is starting to have doubts about the Jesus Christ story. Someone who is yet to read the books by Dawkins and Hitchens.

If you haven't seen the documentary yet, I highly recommend that you see it. If you can't find a copy, you can read about its contents on the Wikipedia entry for it.

Well-known author Sam Harris is featured in the documentary as well. Here's a quote from him that really had a great impact upon me: "Faith really is a conversation-stopper. If somebody says, "It's my faith that life is sacred and God creates life and man should not meddle in it," then that really stops the conversation. There's no - You can't challenge someone further and treat them as though they're drawing their ethics out of The Iliad and The Odyssey, which is really what I think we should be able to do. When, when, when the President of the United States says, "I, I plan to appoint common-sense judges who know that our rights are derived from God," I think someone in the White House Press Corps should be able to stand up and say, "How is that different from thinking you're going to appoint common-sense judges who think our rights are derived from Zeus?" And that's clearly an impertinent question, but it's a totally reasonable question"

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