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the god who wasn't there
My most recent film, The God Who Wasn't There, is available on DVD at the official site and elsewhere.

the god who wasn't there
Bat Boy: The Musical is currently being staged in productions of various sizes around the world. A movie adaptation directed by John Landis is in development, with no casting announced or shooting date set.

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As you know, the standard Christian attacks on The God Who Wasn't There are designed to keep the Christian flock from even viewing the documentary. Brian Flemming is just a bitter ex-Christian who nobody should pay any attention to, you...


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June 19, 2006

Dear Christian apologist,

As you know, the standard Christian attacks on The God Who Wasn't There are designed to keep the Christian flock from even viewing the documentary. Brian Flemming is just a bitter ex-Christian who nobody should pay any attention to, you say, helpfully guiding your sheep away from thought crimes.

Well, good job, soldier. Jesus is no doubt thrilled that you have kept so many vulnerable minds from being confused by facts and other dangerous things.

But you should know that there's an improved version of this critical technique being invented in Texas. It turns out that you can actually "screen" the movie and still get away with an almost exclusively ad hominem attack. By "screening" the movie, you can make it look like you were actually open to the ideas contained in it. This pose goes over gangbusters with people in the reality-based community.

Here's how you can give the illusion of open-mindedness and intellectual honesty while not actually incurring the risks for which those values are notorious:

1. Announce a "screening" of The God Who Wasn't There. Claim that you're going to show the "meat" of the film and just censor some minor "mocking" material out of concern for delicate sensibilities. (Breathe easy -- this isn't actually true.)

2. At the event, show one brief clip from the beginning of the film. Then stop the film and use Apologetic Arguments 4a, 7c, 102f and 235d. At this point, you are done dealing with substance. Whew.

3. Now skip ahead in the film past all of those parts that are heavy with evidence and argument (scary!). Go to the part where Brian Flemming talks about his own childhood experiences with Christianity. Show all of this stuff in full. Just let it run. When this part is over, attack Brian Flemming as a bitter ex-Christian who nobody should pay any attention to.

See how easy this is? Now you've "screened" the film and "courageously" taken it on! Congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Love,
Brian





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