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No more than another voice in the debate,
This review is from: The God Who Wasn't There [DVD]  [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import] (DVD)If you were expecting something along the lines of Zeitgeist: The greatest Story Ever Told h[...] (as I) might well be disappointed at the contents of this quite mediocre 'documentary.' That this adds another voice to the debate is surely positive - that we are still having the Judaeo-Christian god debate in 2012 is intellectually very sad indeed.
Whilst there is no way to challenge believers (should one even wish to do so), no way to argue against blind faith or call people to account for value systems that guide both their lives and some elements of society and government, there is the historical record and THE historical record is something we can, or should be able to discuss rationally and academically as fellow beings seated around a table not screaming at each other on pavements or anonymously posting hate on websites. That this film then doesn't really go any way to academically and anthropologically deconstructing the historical Jesus fable/myth/folklore (which is what it is) is something of a great shame because that is really all that can be achieved in an argument which is ultimately about personal beliefs and lifestyle aspirations.
There is a body of scholarly evidence out there which can almost dismiss the existence of an historical Christ Jesus figure and it is really that which this platform should have been used to present as a cohesive hypothesis, a hypothesis which would then have been passed to the non-secular side of the table to refute a la. disjunctive syllogism, which by failing to be disproved would have proved the hypothesis accurate and authentic. The problem is, however, that this film does not present any more than another voice in the debate, certainly no smoking gun and certainly no attempt to proffer a water-tight hypothesis. That is ultimately a great shame.
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