The God Who Wasn't There
The God Who Wasn't There is a 2005 direct-to-DVD documentary written and directed by Brian Flemming. The film consists of interviews examining various aspects of Christianity, particularly with regard to the historicity of Jesus and Flemming's own deconversion. The film argues that Jesus Christ was a fictional character, and just one of many similar messianic figures in world mythology. This position, known as the Jesus myth hypothesis, is promoted by a minority of Biblical scholars, including Robert M. Price and Earl Doherty, both of whom are interviewed by Flemming.
The documentary has been criticized by both believers and nonbelievers.
Among the interviewees are:
- Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation
- Robert M. Price, New Testament scholar and host of "The Bible Geek" podcast
- Richard Carrier
- Alan Dundes
- Barbara & David P. Mikkelson of Snopes.com, the Urban Legends Reference Page
The Blasphemy Challenge
Starting in 2006, the Rational Response Squad gave free copies of The God Who Wasn't There to the first 1,001 people to record videos on YouTube in which they denied the Holy Spirit. This, according to Mark 3:29 in the Bible, is the only unforgivable sin.