The God Who Wasn’t There, a documentary:
Bowling for Columbine did it to the gun culture.
Super Size Me did it to fast food.
Now The God Who Wasn’t There does it to religion.
Holding modern Christianity up to a bright spotlight, this bold and often hilarious new film asks the questions few dare to ask.
Wikipedia’s summary of it:
The film asks questions which explore the roots of Christian belief. The documentary in particular proposes that Jesus is likely a fictional character who was never based on a real human, that Christian doctrine often contradicts itself, and encourages immorality when it serves the religion, and that moderate Christianity makes even less sense than the extremist form.
I like this blurb from the film’s site the best:
Dazzling motion graphics and a sweeping soundtrack propel this uncompromising and taboo-shattering documentary…
The filmcritic.com writes about it:
Overall, The God Who Wasn’t There is entertaining and it gets points for being gutsy and inventive but the truth is: none of this matters.
You can argue all these “facts” until you’re blue in the face but there is one truth about religion that Flemming seems to overlook: the facts don’t matter. When it comes to faith, it’s all about faith. Christians don’t believe in the power of Jesus because they read a fact-filled book about him, they believe in the power of Jesus because they feel it. That’s conviction, bub.
I haven’t seen it.
Atheists put their faith in ethical behavior:
Atheists, they lament, are the last minority in this nation that is fair game for bigotry. Experts who study religion in public life concur.
“Atheists are not very well-thought-of in America,” says John Green, a senior fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. “It’s still acceptable to criticize atheists in a way that’s not polite. People may harbor negative views about Jews, Catholics, Muslims and evangelicals, but they know they’re not supposed to voice those views, so they don’t. But it’s still OK to say anything bad you want about atheists.”
The article provides a good definition of atheism, although I doubt most people who label themselves that have given much thought to it:
In a nutshell, atheists believe in reason alone, in those things that can be arrived at through intellect and the scientific method. Concrete evidence for God, they argue, simply doesn’t exist. They don’t cotton to leaps of faith or anything that involves a supernatural being reaching into human lives. They believe you can live a happy, respectable life based on human ethics that were derived not from God handing down a tablet but from a code of rules that emerged naturally through an evolutionary process in which humans learned how to live together successfully.
J-Walk gets an exclusive Interview With Jesus Howard Christ:
I like woodworking and performing magic tricks. I also like to listen in on prayers. At any given time, about 40-50 million prayers are being said – and that’s just on Earth. Some of them are really funny.
Body of Christ Tastes Like Ass of Christ!
By themselves, communion wafers are pretty vile. That would explain why they have to “sell” them with a free sip of wine.
So the purpose of this experiment is to find out just what it takes to turn the communion experience from “ow!” to “wow!”
I can hear some of you now. “Blasphemous!” “Scandalous!” But hold on there, bucko! What if we discover some new way to serve communion wafers that brings people stampeding back to the church as if it were some chic new restaurant on the lower east side? Uh huh, you didn’t think of that, did you? We thought not.
Their favorite – a White Cosmopolitan:
I finally found what makes communion wafers palatable: Alcohol. Sweet, cleansing, soul-numbing alcohol. And the priests knew it all along!