Selling God

Selling God

Streaming Video - 2009
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Selling God is a whimsical look at the Contemporary Evangelical Movement. It offers a satirical perspective on the many absurdities that arise when religion and popular culture collide and features interviews with Dr. Noam Chomsky as well as many other scholars and religious leaders.
Publisher: [United States] : Breaking Glass Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Branch Call Number: STREAMING VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 85 min.)) : sd., col

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OranguTang Jul 15, 2016

I thought this movie would be an actual documentary of Christian ethics but it's basically one guy's opinion of Christianity and he uses played out jokes ("Why would I want to go to Heaven if I don't like singing and I get air sickness? Yuk yuk!") to try and "validate" his arguments. I turned off halfway through.

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Kregel
Oct 22, 2015

Nothing real new.
The production of this movie is at B-level, the insights provide nothing new, and the scathing commentary often times present glittering generalities over complex, sociological ideas.
All of the footage is shot in the Los Angeles area, so it's not truly representative of the Global movement of Christianity. It's local to the film maker, who didn't even leave outside of his backyard.
His description of Christianity is fair, but it doesn't go very deep. He seeks to marry economic theory (on a very superficial grasp) to religious thought. Nothing new. Without any facts or research, it takes what a few people say against an interpretation of Christian (IE. the Southern Californian mega-church).
Don't waste you time. More have spent better time on this topic.

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naturalist
Sep 22, 2015

Further research:
“Kiss My Left Behind”
by Earl Lee
published by Aventine Press 2003 pbk ISBN-10: 1593301065 ISBN-13: 978-1593301064
and, by the same author
“Kiss My Left Behind 2: the Tribulation farce”
published by Outskirts Press 2004 pbk ISBN-10: 1932672214 ISBN-13: 978-1932672213
and,
“How to Profit From the Coming Rapture: Getting Ahead When You're Left Behind”
by Steve Levy and Evie Levy (“authors”) and, Barbara Davilman (editor), and Ellis Weiner (narrator)
recently deleted from EPL catalogue

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LaurieLR
Mar 05, 2015

I strongly suspect that the comments of academics in this film were taken out of context so as to align with the filmmaker's obviously biased and narrow view. The mocking tone of the narrative oozed sarcasm and the examples provided were stereotypical without any real analysis of real issues. This film lacks intelligence and substance. Although it singles out the uninformed and stereotypical version of Christianity, it does attack concepts in common with all faiths, making it an attack, in a way, on all faith. I have no problem with intelligent, reasoned argument even (sometimes especially) if the conclusions differ from mine, but this film provides neither.

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Mr_Pear
Oct 21, 2013

I preface this comment by admitting that I am an agnostic. From the very beginning, this film seemed like Dr. Christman's (ironic last name, I think) personal attack on Christianity, specifically fundamentalists and evangelicals. Christman makes, in my opinion, some very persuasive points in his thesis. I think the best point that he makes in the film is that modern Christians should interpret the bible with a historical, critical, and compassionate mindset in order to reconcile its message with today's world. However, that does not overshadow his clear bias against organized Christian religion. He intentionally uses hostile, sarcastic, and loaded language that serves no purpose but to anger those he opposes and egg on those he supports. I think that anyone who watches this documentary should pay more attention to what is being said rather than how it is being said, which is in my opinion done with a tone of disrespect, devaluation, and ridicule. Specifically, the individuals that he interviews (Chomsky?! Awesome.) are all extremely well-known and respected experts in their field and nicely compliment Dr. Christman's malicious narrative.

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Jun 11, 2013

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