I didn't want to comment on this topic until I had seen the video. I managed to track down and find the video on YouTube. Here, at least at the time of this posting, is the video in its entirety.
I thought that filmmaker Brian Flemming definitely had an agenda--in the same way as, perhaps, Morgan Spurlock did when he created his documentary Super Size Me
. Here, Flemming attempts to persuade his viewers that Christianity is based ultimately on myth, not facts, and that those who believe in it are as mistaken as those who believe the sun revolves around the earth, just as Spurlock set out to demonstrate the perils of fast food.
I did think this film did raise some good points, particularly about the similarities and parallels between the Crucification and the human sacrifice myths and stories that had existed long before the time of Jesus. And I'm not sure how factual his assertion was about the Apostle Paul failing to acknowledge Jesus Christ's humanity; I would like to hear a Biblical scholar respond to it.
The fundamental problem is that the debate of theism vs. atheism is not something that can be argued in an intellectual debate, in the same way that can, say, climate change. Christians cannot prove that God exists, and atheists cannot prove that God doesn't. All anyone can really bring to the table on the issue are what we can and have observed in our present universe, and what clues we can decipher from the historical record. And this would be fine, except that the whole question of whether God exists, and our personal opinions on the subject, are so internalized
, so endemic to our psychological make-ups, that they essentially become indistinguishable from our own self-identities. For example, my mother is a Christian, and has been so all her life; there is absolutely nothing I can say or do to get her to question her faith; believe me, I have tried. She is absolutely convinced
that Heaven exists, and so does Hell, and that the way to achieve redemption is to believe in the Holy Spirit and the divinity of Christ, and that anyone who says otherwise has been deceived by the Devil. I love my mother; and I think she is a good person, but I do not share her view.
I can certainly understand why you were offended, Demoness. The film certainly does seem to take a condescending tone. Mr. Flemming's motive becomes apparent in the last twenty minutes of the film; he was raised by fundamentalist Christians and was brought up to believe their faith, and now, as an adult, feels an obligation to disprove and debunk. What you have to understand is that people like Flemming see Christians in the same way as we now view pre-Galilean civilization: namely, wrong. Those who believed the earth was the center of the universe weren't any more or less evil than anybody else; they were simply mistaken.
And I think that's the key to reconciliation, which is what I would say to rebut what others have said in this thread. You can believe that someone is dead wrong about something without devaluing their worth or qualities as a human being.