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Selling God (2011)

Noam Chomsky , Carl Christman  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noam Chomsky
  • Directors: Carl Christman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MA1K1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What is the price of a soul? At a time when televangelists can fill a stadium at the same rate as a rock star and a theme park can sell tickets to the Holy Land, organized religion has in many ways put a price tag on salvation. Selling God is a fascinating and always amusing survey of evangelical Christianity from Biblical times to the rise of megachurches to the post-9/11 culture wars.

Combining historical insight with irreverent humor, director Carl Christman explores the many absurdities that arise when pop culture meets religious doctrine. Featuring interviews with Dr. Noam Chomsky and a host of other scholars and religious leaders, this satirical documentary shows that in many modern churches, every prayer is accounted for and every penny, too.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Says it like it is August 15, 2011
By Rick
This documentary takes an interesting and comical look at how religion and our faith has been tailored to fit the needs of whomever is yelling the loudest at the time and has the best mass marketing approach. You would only take offense if you are those following the types of churches portrayed in the film. The ideal that controlling the minds of individuals through fear and the promise of salvation if you follow a specific path is not new to religion. I think the underlying theme to this film is to show how far we've reached from the initial intent of religion and God. It's not about doing one to others as you would want done to you or helping the sick and weak. It's about how much money you can collect to build a bigger church and buy more influence in those making decisions about our laws and economy. Unfortunately modern religion has become the furthest thing from what Jesus ever intended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every religious person should see this! August 3, 2011
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The seven reviews so far are split between those with an open mind and those who take everything on faith. If you rely on faith rather than reason you will hate this video. If you're religious but open minded you with gain historical and modern day insights into the evolution of religious thought and belief. Very well produced and historically accurate, funny and at the same time scary. Yes it pokes fun at religion and is a bit over the top but the truth of how religion has evolved is also frightening. It explains why there are so many religious denominations all claiming to be the only true religion; each claiming that if you don't follow its beliefs you're going to hell. It explains why so many faithful hate the equally faithful who don't share the same religious dogma. Highly recommended for the entire family as a starting point for discussing the basis for their beliefs or faith.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selling God March 26, 2011
In this documentary, the movie pokes fun at the way our society has evolved from a society that worships god to one that uses god for our own purposes. Even though I'm a devout Christian, I found myself laughing out loud at the clever way points were made throughout the movie. It reminds me of the Michael Moore style of documentary which pokes fun while making even those he's making fun of, find him funny. I saw this movie in the theater and am so excited to get it and show it to my friends. What a genius piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting documentary July 23, 2011
By Alex
Just recently watched this documentary and thoroughly enjoyed it. To be fair it is one sided but it doesn't really poke fun at average christians but more on their ministers and preachers. This movie is not a history lesson of christianity even though it does give some historical facts here and there through out the documentary. It mainly shows how christianity has changed over the last century and some of the hypocrisies that have occurred. All in all, it was a very fun and interesting documentary. If you are a hard core, fundamentalist christian then you may not enjoy this documentary because it does poke fun at you, and well honestly, it's well deserved. If you are a average christians then I think you will enjoy this. If you are a secular person then you will definitely enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Food For Thought March 25, 2013
The fact is, the Christian religion in general, and the Catholic church in particular, do not have an exemplary history. Between the Inquisition, the Crusades, their open disdain for evolutionary science, gays, women's rights to name a few things, they don't put themselves up as being a good bunch of guys. This documentary examines the evangelical movement within the church in a mildly jocular manner.

Here's the scoop. Writer/director Carl Christman (that must be a ghost name) tackles various aspects of said evangelical movement, such as prayer, faith, Heaven and Hell, etc and shows the views of the big names in the evangelical movement (Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell et al) and how they clash with science, contemporary culture and just plain logic. It appears all too easy a task.

I'm not one to say science is always correct. They have a pretty whacky history all by themselves, but I'm pretty certain the Earth is more than 10,000 years old. I'm also not going to blame the ACLU and pro-rights groups for the horror of 911. And why aren't women allowed in the upper echelons of the church? History moves forward and as many bad things there are that happen, humans seem to be a generally decent bunch overall. Yes there have been Hitlers and Stalins but, by and large, they are few and far between. It's just a shame their actions harm such a large number of people. So why does the church want to keep us down with guilt and fear of damnation? And gays. What is the church's problem with gays? It's my understanding that, through studies of twins separated at birth, homosexuality is predominantly in the genes. Doesn't that make it God's will?

I could have used a bit less whimsy in the tone. Upending a religious platform is a tough road to begin with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but not for the faithful July 14, 2012
Manages to get the same message across that Bill Maher did with out being mean. The reviewer who felt "old" people shouldn't have an opinion is bothered because these old people make logical cohesive arguments really points out the bigotry of some of the faithful. I guess by this argument, whatever the Pope has to say should be thrown out as well. Maybe he doesn't know that Pat Robertson and Fallwell fall into the old category. If you are one of the faithful, this shouldn't bother you and you can laugh at the secular idiots knowing full well they will not be saved, secular folks will find this entertaining but not likely full of new information.
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Published 1 month ago by Arthur J Attenborough Jr
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Disappointment
This movie didn't really contain anything that someone who has questioned their faith hasn't already read fifty times in their search for knowledge. It was a huge disappointment. Read more
Published 10 months ago by zymmetrix
2.0 out of 5 stars God or business
Well this is an interesting documentary about religion however it gives you the main facts about the church and religion it advertises with Noam Chomsky who appears briefly and is... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Willem De Blank
3.0 out of 5 stars Shows the hypocrisy in modern (professing) Christianity
The short fact is: Jesus is not for sale.

If one would just look at the words of Christ and take them for what they say, they would see quickly that most professing... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joanne Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars PHD project gone wrong.
When I saw this movie in the video store I was eager to see a funny movie poke fun at the excessive and self-contradictory marketing the evangelical right engages in. Read more
Published on November 11, 2011 by Jeff
1.0 out of 5 stars One Side Anti-Religion Opinion
If you enjoy harshly opinionated religion bashing, you will love this movie. If you enjoy well-thought out arguments and criticisms of religious organizations' promotional tactics... Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by Nathan Pruzaniec
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
When watching this video, one must keep in mind the black comedy that is used throughout. It's supposed to be a little funny. And it is. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Diana
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative if you have an open mind
This documentary explains the basic ways in which religion grows and supports itself. I was not surprised to see a few negative reviews here since this film is critical of modern... Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by J L
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