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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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The film starts out by explaining how religions evolve over time through natural selection. The religions which have beliefs that promote growth are the ones that survive while others fade to obscurity. For the rest of the film they explain the strategies and beliefs that help bring money and people to the church. The film proves their point using many informative interviews and clips from Christian events/promotional materials.
The only criticism I have is that the filmmakers sometimes use humor at the wrong times. Some of their jokes such as the "7 basic tenets that all modern Christian denominations agree upon" came across as arrogant and overly biased.
This documentary provides interesting points and is especially informative if you are not aware of the machinery that drives the business side of religious organizations.
If one would just look at the words of Christ and take them for what they say, they would see quickly that most professing christianity is actually anti-Christ.
I appreciated the hypocrisy the film-maker points out but it is clear he is ignorant to what a real Christian is. Simply put, a real Christian is a follower of Christ. That means they look to Christ to learn how to live, not to their denomination, doctrine, dogma, etc. Most of Christ's teachings can be found in Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7. Take a quick look at compare what Jesus taught to what your church is teaching (or, if you are an atheist or profess some other religion, compare it to what the professing christians you know are teaching or living out). I am sure you will see that they are actually anti-Christ. If they are anti-Christ, that means they are NOT Christians! Try not to confuse the real with the false.
An example: just a few minutes into this film a man says, "Modern evangelism should be about making friends with God." Ok, let's say that's true. Where can we look to see how we can be a friend of God? How about with what JESUS said? Yes, that's right. Instead of humanistic, what's-in-it-for-me thinking, let's see what JESUS had to say. He said, "You are my friends if you do whatsoever I command you." How many friends would you have if that were your condition of friendship?
Another example: The question was asked in this film, "Who would Jesus kill?" Well, once again, we can look to Jesus and see who he would kill. He said, "Love your enemies. Bless them that curse you. Do good to them that hate you, pray for them who dispitefully use you and persecute you." Can we love our enemies and kill them? No. Christ was our example.Read more ›
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A good exposé of the big business that is religion today.Published 19 days ago by George A. Heitczman
Really bad depiction of the true born again Christian faith! I highly don't recommend this film to any believer especially because it truly mocks God's Word and the truths of who... Read morePublished 19 days ago by edgar leyva
A hoot of a documentary lol definitely a must watch if you find the whole religion/god thing mind boggling - this is my second time watching and I laughed all over again lol.Published 1 month ago by Love Japan
Utter waste of time and an insult to the intelligence of any educated person.Published 1 month ago by Caveat Emptor
This had a slight overtone which lead me to believe the material portrayed was bias. However it rang true, and using the faculties of reason, made a great deal of sense, and so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Humphry Connok
Interesting look at Christianity and how some use and manipulate to make lots of money.Published 2 months ago by Patti Johnson