Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005]

Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005]

Ronald G. Sipus: We need to stop for a minute.
Narrator: Why?
Ronald G. Sipus: I wanna ask you a question off the, off the camera.
Narrator: Why off? I mean, don't answer it. I'm here. You can ask me anything. What I wanted to talk to you about was, I mean, ideas - I was taught at this school that you would be eternally damned if you denied the Holy Spirit.
Ronald G. Sipus: Brian, you know what you've done? You've been dishonest in setting up this interview.
Narrator: What, what is dishonest? I wrote you an email and I ...
Ronald G. Sipus: Yeah, yeah, yeah, and there's... We've been spending the last five to seven minutes trying to make you feel good about what you feel you were punished about here. Not what you told me we were gonna talk about.
Narrator: I told you we were gonna talk about the education of children.
[Sipus rises, adjusts his tie, and walks off-screen]
Narrator: And I'm here to talk about the educa- Oh, now you're ending the interview?
Narrator: Mm-hm.
Narrator: Why? Why are you ending the interview? All right.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Robert M. Price: There are other similar savior figures in the same neighborhood at the same time in history: Mithras, Attis, Adonis, Osiris, Tammuz, and so forth, uh, and uh, nobody thinks these characters are anything but mythical. And their stories are so similar, most of them, in fact, having some kind of resurrection or another, um, sometimes even with celebrations after three days and so forth, that it just seems like special pleading to, uh, say, "Oh, well, in this one case, it really happened." The early church fathers understood that this was a problem, because they were already getting the same objections from pagans. They said, "What you say about Jesus, we've been saying about, you know, Dionysus and Hercules all the time, and what's the big deal?" And they didn't believe in them either, any more. And so the Christian apologists, the defenders of the faith, would say, "Well, yeah, but *this* one is true. Satan counterfeited it in advance 'cause he knew this day would come." Boy, I tell you, that tells you two things right there: That even *they* didn't deny that these other Jesus-like characters were before Jesus, or they never would have resorted to something like that. Satan knew it was going to happen and counterfeited it in advance?
Narrator: [to the film viewers] In case you're wondering: Uh, yes, this remains the explanation to this day.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
[about "The Passion of the Christ," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "The Last Temptation of the Christ]
Narrator: When it comes to Jesus movies, this movie is far and away the number one choice of Christians. Adjusted for inflation, the singing Jesus made 55 million dollars at the U.S. box office. The horny Jesus made 13 million dollars. But the bloody Jesus? 370 million dollars and still counting.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
[talking about the Village Christian School's policies]
Narrator: In the Handbook, there's a statement of faith. Uh, and, uh, it has seven points, and some of them are: "We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God." "We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." "We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation." Tell me, what hard scientific evidence do you have that the world works this way?
Ronald G. Sipus: [fidgeting] Well, the mistake that a lot of Christians make is trying to convince people that what they believe spiritually... um... can be proven. Now, first of all, there is a lot of historical evidence that Jesus was who he said he was. There's a lot of historical evidence that proves his resurrection. So, if you want, if you're looking for historical and scientific data that proves whether Jesus was and existed and resurrected, there's evidence that, that, that will produce that. But the fact of the matter is, it's, it is a faith issue.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Richard Carrier: [re theologian Benjamin Wiker] The whole thrust of his argument is that atheists are responsible for all the evils of the world, atheists have taken over government and are conspiring to oppose religion, we have to get rid of these guys. And he slanders atheists with all these ridiculous claims about how immoral they are, and so forth, just as, you know, Hitler did against the Jews.
Narrator: [deadpan] I hardly ever eat babies. And when I do, they're babies nobody wants.
Richard Carrier: Or have sex with babies. Or have sex with chickens! That's one of the things that, this guy has this, Benjamin Wiker has this obsession that he thinks, if atheism gets its way, everybody will be buggering sheep.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]

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