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Reality TV Goliath takes up Bible miniseries challenge, hopes for better outcome
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey on the set of "The Bible," the 10-hour miniseries Burnett produced and directed.
March 2nd, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Reality TV Goliath takes up Bible miniseries challenge, hopes for better outcome

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - Mark Burnett is the king of reality television. His shows and spinoffs command hours of prime-time television real estate. The seal of his production company One Three Media appears at the end of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Job” and “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?”

He will tell you each show was No. 1 in the time slot. He will tell you he will take on all comers in his bare-knuckle, ratings-driven world and beat them. He will tell you on any given day he has 150 video-editing systems churning through edits on his dossier, which spans the three major broadcast networks.

But if you suggest he may not have the chops to take on a massive scripted dramatic presentation of the Bible as a 10-hour miniseries, his eyes will tell you he wants to throttle you.

My bad.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, have been barnstorming the country like roving preachers on horseback trying to evangelize the West. Their gospel is spreading the news of “The Bible” - their ambitious project that aims to tell the story of the Bible in 10 installments. It begins its weeklong premiere on the History Channel Sunday night.

We met in the lobby of the Washington Hilton the night before last month’s National Prayer Breakfast. They were in town to speak to Washington journalists and show clips from their project.

Burnett and Downey’s project tackles the narrative of the Bible, a story woven through 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament. It’s a story revered by billions as divine revelation – and one they’ve compressed into 10 hours of television. What could possibly go wrong?

A lot.

Many have taken aim at dramatizing the stories of the Bible. Few of those productions stood the test of time. They knew all that going in 3 1/2 years ago when “the light bulb went off,” as Downey puts it.

“It’s been a great fun journey right, Roma?” Burnett said to his wife of nearly six years.

“And we’re still talking to each other,” Downey said, smiling.

Both Downey and Burnett were raised Catholic, Burnett in England and Downey in Ireland. They still regularly attend Mass in Los Angeles. Growing up, both watched the classic Biblical films that the Hollywood of yesteryear churned out, like “The Ten Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”

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“In Ireland, we used to sit up and wait for John Wayne to say, ‘Surely that man was the Son of God,’ at the end of 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' every Easter,” Downey said, with her thick Irish brogue dipping into a delightfully terrible John Wayne impersonation.

After showing their kids "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston, their three teenagers had one request for the Bible project. They told their parents, “Please don’t make it lame.”

Making it work

The project is personal for Burnett and Downey, coming from a deep spiritual desire for more people to see and experience the stories of their faith. As Europeans, now naturalized U.S. citizens, they are stunned the Bible is not taught in public schools.

“It was time for an updating. Adding fresh visual life to a sacred text,” Burnett said.

“People have great hearts and great knowledge but no experience of filmmaking and no budgets,” Burnett said of past telling of the stories on film and television.

“Or the resources,” Downey chimed in. “We wanted to create something that was gritty and authentic. We certainly didn’t want everyone to look like they stepped out of the dry cleaners.”

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Burnett and Downey may not have been high on the list of many studios as producers and directors to put a massive scripted project like this together. "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" starring Donald Trump and Gary Busey is not exactly" Ben-Hur," and Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green spinning in chairs on the singing competition "The Voice" isn’t often (or ever) compared to the "Ten Commandments."

When I asked Burnett about this, he seemed genuinely insulted.

“Based on viewership, maybe I should be giving a few lessons to the people who are doing stories. Because we have five nights of No. 1 wins on prime-time television,” he started. “As a family we’ve made over 2,000 hours of American television and 8,000 worldwide.”

As he cooled down, ticking off a list of reasons why he and his wife were best suited for the job, he delved into how this project was made.

The production, he insisted, was a lot more like the production that goes into "Survivor" than nearly any feature film or television show in production.

"Survivor" typically includes a cast and crew of 400 people in a remote location with multiple helicopters and boats.

To film the Bible series, they set off for the southern tip of Morocco in Africa with a similar-size crew and hundreds of extras. Not to mention the chariots and horses.

“It was epic,” Downey said.

“Our experience with large-scale productions was very, very important,” Burnett said.

To help further bring the story to life, they brought in Lola, an Oscar-winning CGI team from London who created similar scenes for the film "Gladiator."

They went with an international ensemble for the cast because they didn’t want to distract the audience with recognizable celebrities.

Jesus was played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. Many other actors came from the Theatre District in London.

An actor portrays an Egyptian slave driver in 'The Bible' miniseries

Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus in 'The Bible' miniseries

The most recognizable face to most in North America will be Downey herself, who stepped into the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary is portrayed in the series as a young woman at the Nativity, then later in life.

“It was a privilege to play it,” Downey said. For nine seasons, Downey starred in the CBS show “Touched by an Angel,” then went on to star in a number of TV movies.

“The scripts at one point just said Young Mary, and then as the scripts progressed it said Old Mary. I said, ‘OK, we have to change that right now.’ The last thing I need to see is ‘Old Mary’ played by Roma Downey,” she said with a laugh. “So we changed it to Mother Mary.”

The budget for the 10 hours was under $22 million, Burnett said, a small price tag for a production on such a grand scale. (NBC paid $4 million per episode for the show “Smash” this season, according to an estimate by the New York Times)

“It’s not easy, even for us, to sell and get placed on prime time television, 10 hours – Genesis to Revelation,” Burnett said. “Do we wish we had 25 or 100 [hours], yes but we got 10. We got a great budget. It looks like it’s a $200 million movie. Of course it’s not. It’s just our combined experiences, our hearts and efforts that make it look like that.”

Getting it right

As they considered which parts of the Bible to shoot, they had to pare down hundreds of stories.

“The first decision was, it’s one story,” Burnett said. “It’s not a series of unconnected stories, it’s one grand narrative.”

“You could call it the meta narrative.”

The series encompasses five hours of the Old Testament and five hours of the New Testament.

They took many artistic liberties to compress the story lines while hoping to remain true to the story.

A public relations manager for the project described the liberties to me as “extra-biblical but not contra-biblical.”

For instance, in the series opener, the Book of Genesis stories of Adam and Eve and Noah unfold together. Noah and his family are already on the ark while the flood waters batter their boat. To calm his family, Noah tells them the story of creation: “In the beginning! ... ” Noah bellows as he runs around plugging leaks and comforting his family and the animals.

An actor portrays an Egyptian slave driver in 'The Bible' miniseries

An actor portrays an Egyptian slave driver in 'The Bible' miniseries

Similarly, in the story of David and Goliath, when David heads out to face the giant Philistine foe, he clutches his sling and quietly begins to recite the 23rd Psalm, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil.” David is considered the author of the psalm, but nowhere in the text of the David and Goliath story does it address what he said as he walked out to battle and slay Goliath.

The dialogue in much of the story is similarly constructed along the lines of the bare-bones text. When Jesus calls Peter to be his disciple, Peter asks, “What are we going to do?” Jesus answers, “We’re going to change the world.” Those lines never appear in the Gospel accounts, but Burnett and Downey insist it is consistent with the text.

“Every step of the way we’ve had scholars and theologians working with us,” Downey said.

Burnett and Downey consulted a wide range of pastors and academics, including a major evangelical leader and a Catholic cardinal.

Their advisory panel consisted of many people from varied backgrounds familiar with sharing the stories of the Bible rather than of a "who’s who" of Biblical academics.

Joel Osteen, a popular television preacher and pastor of the 30,000-member Lakewood church in Houston, was among those consulted. Osteen and Burnett are friends and were developing a television series together that went on the back burner during the production of this series. Osteen even took his family to Morocco during some of the filming.

“[Burnett] would send scripts our way and ask doctrinal or Bible questions about it, but a lot of it was a friendship and an advisory role,” Osteen said.

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Osteen said much of his work was confirming if the extrabiblical material stayed true to the Bible.

His encouragement to Burnett was to “use your creativity to fill in between the lines.”

Another consultant was Rabbi Joshua Garroway, an assistant professor at the Hebrew Union College and an expert on early Christianity and the Second Jewish commonwealth (circa 530 B.C. to 70 A.D.) Judaism. He was a paid consultant on the project.

“One of the issues that came up frequently in the comments was the goal of the production was to remain faithful, or at least as faithful as possible, to the narrative and text of the Bible, as opposed to a historical critical approach,” he said.

“The series is not meant to be a historical feature but as a representation of the biblical narrative which is at times historical and at times not,” Garroway said.

One reason Garroway thought he was brought in was because in parts of the New Testament, “there are less than generous depictions of Jews, Jewish leaders and Jewish traditions.”

One of several Jewish scholars involved, his role as a New Testament scholar was to help the production stay faithful to the text but also “diminish as much as possible scenes or statements that could be construed as overly negative toward Jews and Jewish judgment.”

While he thinks the project has an overall Christian orientation, “I think they did well.”

“I don’t think it will run into the same problems that Mel Gibson’s movie ("The Passion of the Christ") did because the producers have been somewhat conscientious about forestalling some of the things that could produce that effect in the Jewish community,” he said, referring to perceptions of anti-Semitism from the 2004 film.

Osteen thinks the project will have a lasting impact in churches. He plans to use pieces of the project in his services to help illustrate points he’ll make in his sermons.

“I know I’m biased because I’m their friend, but I think it’ll be something that will live on for generations because it’s done with excellence, not knocking anything else, it’s just this is production 50 years past where some of the other films were made,” he said.

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Burnett and Downey also think this project will be their most lasting and most viewed.

Burnett said the couple have deferred all their fees for the project. They probably don’t need the money anyway. Forbes lists Burnett as among its 100 highest-earning celebrities with an estimated income of $55 million in 2012.

While the History Channel owns the exclusive North American rights to the project, Burnett and Downey own the rights to global distribution and theatrical airings, which are in the works. There is also a book tie-in, games and apps attached to the project.

For the couple, the project was not about turning a profit, though they likely will. Instead, it was about bringing new life to the stories of their faith for a new audience.

“Will it be screened in movie theaters? Yes, for sure. "Already been approached. Arenas, churches, every way you can imagine,” Burnett said.

Burnett ticked through the shows he and Downey have put together over the years. “Over the next 25 years," he said, "more people will see this than all the others combined.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (2,068 Responses)
  1. He Lives!

    I am amazed at the hateful rhetoric. Why do atheists even care what I, as a Christian, choose to watch on television. If every American Christian decided to watch the cooking channel collectively, tonight, would you care then? What are you so afraid of that you would attack so voraciously? As a Christian myself, I want to spread the gospel; but I would never call someone names because they do not believe what I believe. We should live in a respectful, civliized manner; regardless of your religious or non-religious beliefs. Hate is never acceptable.

    March 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I subscribe to The History Channel so I'm indirectly paying for this bit of fiction. Fiction presented as fact is a lie – I don't want to pay for lies.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition!

      I think I spotted the atheist's main complaint with you pew ploppers. You said you want to spread the gospel. STOP DOING THAT!!

      March 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • Dennis

      HL, this isn't about hate. When your beliefs hold back medical science and other human progress, such as Christian beliefs often do and often have, then the beliefs should be challenged, and you embarrassed, at every opportunity. That is simply a social responsibility, to challenge wrong beliefs such as the harmful superstitions that you cling to. Just let them go. You'll be better for it.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      "I want to spread the gospel." Well, ask permission before you spread your stuff in the laws of my country. I find it obnoxious.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
    • ArthurP

      You keep religion in the churches and we will keep science in the schools.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  2. #1Christ_Fan

    They should add ninjas,robots and explosions.Then it would be worth it

    March 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
  3. Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus

    I believe I'll skip this miniseries in favor of "Mea Maxima Culpa".

    March 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  4. Juliet's enemy

    Does anyone else see the problem here? Reality and the bible do not go together.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Jay Athey

      why do you care...ask yourself that...kids are taught the easter bunny, santa claus, the tooth fairy, and all sorts of stuff...let it be...Watch Lord of the rings, star trek, or the Wizard of Oz if you prefer...Some people thought the world was flat, Some thought air planes would never fly...Some people have Faith in God...Some people believe we came from the big bang theory...Who cares, or do you, and if God is real, your whole world will be turned upside down...If your 100% confident, then you have Peace of mind...I do...do you...People search their whole life to prove God doesn't exist, Only to waste their entire life...it will never be proven...That's why its called the Game of life...Winners of the Game inherit the Kingdom of God...Others don't...it's that simple...No one will make you believe in God...You have Free will...

      March 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Dippy's sub

      Can't....stop....envisioning...William.....Shatner.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition!

      Geez, this Jay guy can't write any better than my dog. Of course, being a pew plopper, he doesn't really have a choice, does he? Very few of them can write beyond the sixth-grade level.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  5. Sara Howells

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcyW7rMYR7A
    .

    March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
  6. halfbakedlunatic

    I'm still wondering how anyone can read passages from the bible and not gigle at the absurdity of it all.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Jay Athey

      I find it funny you can look at a monkey and see yourself...Ironic don't you think...yet you come on to this page to hate...why would you waste your time, if we are all fools believing in God, why do you care...go on with life and stop hating...Or are you scared you could be wrong...and you just want others to join you in hell...Trust me, you will have allot of company...Hate is like Crack, first its fun, then it eats you alive, devouring your soul, until you have nothing left but hate...or in the case of Crack, no teeth and a zombie like existence ...So spread love not hate and watch your life change...Watch the country Change...the World change...Or spread hate, and watch your world collapse as it is...Remember Christians are not of this world...Watch the Movie...and learn about Love...

      March 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • Dippy's sub

      What is with the random caps and ellipses?

      March 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition!

      Have to agree with part of your poorly written tirade. Christians are not of this world.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • lol??

      Yes we can. Yes we can.
      It was the call of workers who organized;
      women who reached for the ballots;
      a President who was chosen to moon our new frontier

      Wegodian Hymn

      March 3, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Jay, atheists don't threaten believers with eternal torment; haters (as in christians) do that to atheists. It takes a lot of hate to condemn those with whom you disagree to a lake of fire for eternity.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  7. Jay Athey

    The comments are funny...If you don't believe in God, View is as the wizard of Oz...and learn the story, and be entertained...Why attack someone who has Faith in God...Are you like the Scrooge...wanting to try and stop people from experiencing the Love and joy God provides for those who have Faith...IF your Gay be Gay, if your an atheist be an atheist, you have free will...But Hate has nothing to do with God, so if you hate, you do not have a Clue about life...Your no different than a animal, wait you believe you came from monkeys...so eat a banana and watch a entertaining story...it might just change your life...See you in Heaven my Friend, try love instead of Hate and you will be on the right path...

    March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Dippy

      It's "you're," not "your."

      March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • Not a credulous moron, like you.

      Have you ever had a single independent thought in your entire life? I can't tell whether you're just five-years-old, or if you are legitimately as stupid an adult as it sounds like you are. Learn what evolution is, before you say something as profoundly stupid and ignorant as "you think you came from monkeys." It would be like me saying the bible is stupid because "you believe your savior was a zombie." You don't actually believe that, so it would be a stupid thing to say, just like everything you just said. I weep for your progeny.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Toni Manes

      What really amazes me is the time, and effort people who dont believe in God waste on talking about something they dont believe in. I do believe in God, cause he has turned my mess into a miracle not once but twice, and no matter what you say i know He is real..how sad for you that dont have nothing to believe in but waste so much time trying to convince others that God does not exist shame on you keep your beliefs to yourself...

      March 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • Jay Athey

      A personal attack is just that...Believe what you want ...once you understand God, you understand the world...Until that point your just lost, and choose to attack what frightens you...that's just your Demons...the more you feed them, the more hate filled you become...Hate is ugly...

      March 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Toni, that first miracle wasn't so miraculous, was it? Needed a booster.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  8. Babduck

    Good timing for another bible fiction story. Easter is just around the corner and the faithful need some high-tech flick to rally the emotions. I'll bet the brain-washed Catholic moguls producing this thing have not brought it to current times depicting the plague of Pedophile Priests that have dominated the headlines for the last decade. I'm sure they will make their millions. If nothing else, from the clueless millions who still believe what they were told at the age of 4, and have had no time to learn anything since.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Marti

      What a sad, pathetic human you are. One day, you're going to wish to God you had believed.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Marti, has that line ever worked on anyone?

      March 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • gualwer

      why dont you just grow up instead? i dont see the point of bashing people who believe in God! are you gonna get something good out of it? NO! this just shows how immature and hateful of a person you are... Respect other peoples belief! GEEZ! GAys wants rights! people want freedom and respect, but the first change they get, they go out bashing on others! seriously? idiots

      March 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • Dennis

      gualwer, when those beliefs hold back medical science and other human progress, such as Christian beliefs often do, then the beliefs should be challenged, and their holders embarrassed, at every opportunity. That is a social responsibility, in fact. And sadly, you do get to vote.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  9. OldJoe

    The Bible Story?
    From the producer of "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?"
    Bet it will be a success, most people are not smarter than a slug.
    Besides, they all LOVE reality TV.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • Jay Athey

      kinda scary huh...Someone who creates family TV programs that are reality based...He's needs no more money, why would he risk everything to make a show about the Bible...He must know something that you don't...But he is willing to share it with you...So maybe, just maybe you will become enlightened...and trade in that Hate for LOVE...

      March 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Risk everything"? What, pray tell, is he "risking" by making this miniseries?

      Really, Jay, you sound like you're losing at least a billion brain cells with every post.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Jay, he didn't "risk" crap. That's not his money at risk.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
  10. james

    want to know what the Bible really teaches? go to jw.org have Free home bible lessons for as long as you need without any obligation and oh yes did I say Free? learn the truth and the truth will set you Free. j

    March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  11. Satan

    Hope there's plenty of lion on Christian action.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
  12. Erik

    This is really exciting. I cant wait to watch it. The majority of the human race still believes in God despite years of constant attacks.. Yes it is true that Christians have not always represented the values of God and the Bible, but with greater understanding of the word Gods people can act the way they should. Amen ,,, Praise Jesus... Lord help us be your light in a dark world.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition!

      Attack? It's impossible to attack something that doesn't exist!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      Erik, you have it all wrong. It is the religious fundaMENTALists, both Christians and Mus lims, who have attacked the "heretics," aka scientists (e.g. Galileo) and atheists, for centuries. Yes, the Romans attempted to eradicate Christians, but they failed. However, Christians attempted to eradicate the Mus lims during the Crusades and the heretics during the Inquisition for much longer of a time period than the Romans, and religious fundaMENTALIsts continue to attack the "heretics" today by using the Babble to influence our laws, rights, and freedoms.

      Please remove your face from the Babble and read an educational book. Your faith is blinding you.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Juliet's enemy

      It seems to me that the majority does NOT believe in your idea of God, but go ahead and listen to your stupid preacher tell you I'm wrong.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  13. guitarharry

    Saw the preview of this show on History channel; they still are getting the story wrong! The scene where Moses parts "The Red Sea" is the result of a mis-translation by King James' team of scholars. In the Hebrew text, it says that Moses and his people crossed through the "Sea of Reeds" after God parted the waters. This is actually believable since the "Sea of Reeds" was most likely a swampy area in the northeast of Egypt, where seismic activity could cause shallow bodies of water to drain suddenly. The point is that they are just remaking "The Ten Commandments" and not really telling the story as it was written in original text.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • M

      Amazing how God could drown a whole band of Egyptians and their horses/chariots in a sea of reeds! 😉

      March 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • #1Christ_Fan

      yeah?What would you wrather see?Moses walking through a swamp(BORING!!!)

      Or him raising his staff and parting an Ocean and being all Gandalf-like(EXCITING!!!!)

      March 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Dippy

      "wrather?"

      March 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  14. seabeau

    Hope they have better luck than Mel Gibson,who's movie,The Passion of the Christ, (the highest grossing film of its year) was blackballed by the Jews of Tinseltown!

    March 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Dippy

      Whose...not who's.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • Not a bigot, like you.

      And you're just as massive an idiot as he is. Cretin.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
  15. dd

    If it is a fairytale......then why are you so offended? It takes more faith to believe in aliens and in evolution, than in a creator. Maybe you protest so much because deep down you know its true.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      No, actually it doesn't. Evolution has an overwhelming amount of evidence to support it; God does not.

      How are you so convinced that your god is the one true god, and all the other gods are false? Please prove that your god exists, and while you're at it, please prove other gods to be false. At least prove that your god is NOT false, and then you will have a little bit of wiggle room to make an argument.

      The difference between science and faith is that there's an incredible amount of evidence for science; there is no evidence for faith. Nice try, but you still fail.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
  16. Jesus of Nazareth

    If after decades in American show business Downey is still shocked that scripture is not taught in public schools then she's got a screw loose. You'd have thought that whole Reformation thing would have given her some perspective.

    Note to self: Put "The Tudors" in Netflix queue.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      She didn't get the "separation of church and state" thing in school in Ireland.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Bring it on

    Haters gonna hate.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      I love to hate. I hate you. I don't know why. But I do.

      Wanna know why?

      I'm a moron.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      @PA-moniker-st ealing-sc umb ag: How about some intelligent dialogue? Your ign orant rantings, in an attempt to slander me, are rather boring.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      See what happens when I post hate? Someone steps in and plays me for a fool.

      I'm still a big idiot.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Wow, you must have really ticked off some fundie nut-bag, Proud.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      If you equate truth with hate, then so be it. The Babble is far more hateful than my previous comments. Drink your milk and go to bed now, fundaMENTAList.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  18. ArthurP

    Christians live only to die.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      At least they live.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • .

      And then they die.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
  19. Proud Atheist

    There are about 30,000 different denominations all falling under Christianity, all with their own interpretion of the Babble, but the makes of this series believe that they've got it right and want to "set the record straight." How arrogant!

    It doesn't matter how you interpret the Babble, because it's all a bunch of nonsensical fairytales. I'm sure that the series will be enjoyable to watch, but it won't be very realistic if they leave out all of the genocide, infanticide, slavery, ra pe, misogyny, etc.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      So cute! I'm an atheist!

      I'm also a fat loser living in a one bedroom flat.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition!

      And, according to the review I read, that's exactly what they did do, or at least "softened it up" considerably. Sometimes the truth can hurt.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      You and me are both fat losers.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      If this series were anything close to being realistic, then they would include dinosaurs roaming the Garden of Eden, victims of ra pe being forced to marry their ra pist, the Israelites committing genocide on neighboring cities because the big man said so, slavery, slave owners beating their slaves to near de ath, and, of course, Jeebus telling several people that he would return in their own lifetimes, only to NOT return during their lifetimes.

      BTW, whoever's stolen my moniker and is posing as me...get a life!

      March 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition!

      Don't worry, PA. The faker is easy to spot. He'd have trouble counterfeiting my name, however.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, the dumbazz used the phrase one-bedroom flat earlier on this board. Not very original. Almost as dumb as ChadRachel.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Religion is

      Superstition!

      Crappy grammar is another tip off. "You and me are..." Wow, my second-grandson knows better than that.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
  20. Charles

    The guy who makes millions on people being evil to each other teams up with the Aliens/Hitler Channel. To lay out one particular interpretation of the Christian bible. Should make for quality television.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
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