Why are people so critical of the History Channel’s Bible series?

How often do you see a series based on The Bible? We all remember Cecil B. DeMille’s 10 Commandments. The over the top production now seems almost comical, but why are people sniping at the new series? Shouldn’t believers be happy that more people are watching the series and through this expereince they might actually pick up a Bible and read it? Why all the hating? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


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  • Spanish Inquisitor  On March 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I watched the episode on Sunday night. I found it unexceptional, though exactly what I would have expected. Having heard all the stories in my religious upbringing, it was all very familiar. It got to the point that I was anticipating, accurately, the dialogue before it was spoken. My daughter thought I was a heathen, and was surprised I knew the story so well. But in the end, they are just stories. From the article, this is why people watch it:

    Because biblical basics are ingrained in our culture, and because they’re so powerful in the right hands … works with religious underpinnings will always draw a crowd.

    The same reason they are making movies about Hansel and Great, and Jack and Beanstalk. You don’t have to worry about people following the plot.

    But it’s not history. It’s, at best, historical fiction. A fictional story set in a historical context. If you’re watching it for the history, you’re simply reinforcing delusion.

  • elogam  On March 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    There are so many areas I would have done differently, like the scene where they are having the Last Supper and using what appears to be flatbread. Most flatbread is leavened….

    Such inaccuracies aside, I much prefer to see “The Bible” shown than “Kentucky Cross-Dresser Moonshining Families”. (Oddly enough, the Guardian probably wouldn’t have written about such a show, other than to say it was ‘a joyous escape from reality’ or some such rot.) The reason I think most people are bad mouthing the series is the content. It makes people uncomfortable to be presented with the fact that there is a God, He has a plan for us, we ourselves are not the end all and be all of the universe. With a bit more money and an additional episode or two, I think the series would have been more along the lines of “Winds of War” or “War and Remembrance”. And even if it were, I would expect secularists and atheists to pan it as “unimpressive” and “fiction”. They can’t help themselves. (Ps. 14:1)

  • Andrew  On March 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Maybe more people are choosing not to be religious in this decade.

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