oye vey: 3d creation movie coming soon

mike fleming brings exclusive news in a deadline new york article entitled, ‘god stars in 3d book of genesis bible tale.’
in the story we learn:

Paramount Pictures and former Walden Media co-founder Cary Granat producing with Reel Fx are mounting In The Beginning, a 3D telling of the creation story. The film is using The Book of Genesis as its primary resource. A script has been written by John Fusco (Hidalgo), and directing will be TV vet David Cunningham.

we also learn that:

the $30 million film will use 3-D visuals to transform the oft-told tale into a spectacle that the filmmakers hope will attract family- and faith-based audiences that flocked to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, that first Chronicles of Narnia installment made on Granat’s Walden watch.

so there you have it. the next great mythological story told in 3d will be the story of adam and eve. and i can’t wait to hear the debates this movie will generate. here are a few just to get us started:

  • will the movie tell the genesis 1 story or the genesis 2 story (or harmonize them into a single creation story)?
  • will the movie give a literal account from the bible or will it embellish the story at all?
  • will the movie be praised by the evangelical christian crowd as much needed in a liberal hollywood climate, or will it be criticized if too much liberty is taken and the script deviates from the biblical account(s).
  • will it be a good script?
  • will it look as good as avatar?
  • will the academic community:
    • embrace it for its portrayal of a biblical story (thereby welcoming a movie based upon a piece of ancient literature)?
    • reject it for propagating a creation myth as historical (if the movie based upon a creation account is marketed as ‘factual’)?
    • embrace it because it embellished a mythological account of creation (and fictional stories should be celebrated as such)?
    • reject it because it feeds a frenzy of fundamentalist religion at a time when we should be critically examining the fundamental stories of various religious traditions over and against our modern, scientific understanding of humanity and the world?

what are your thoughts?

a satire for creation literalists

Lord God, Creator of All, caught thousands of Sumerian farmers and mathematicians somewhat off guard.

in perhaps one of the greatest news websites on earth, the onion posted an article entitled, ‘sumerians look on in confusion as god creates world,’ which juxtaposes the supposed chronology of a literal six-day creation from the bible with archaeological evidence of sumerians, who existed more than a thousand years earlier than the supposed creation of the earth. it’s worth a read for the humor, but also to highlight the fact that so few people are even aware that ancient cultures existed and even thrived before the supposed 4004 bce creation of the earth.

(just a note of clarification: the sumerians are real. they existed long before bishop ussher dated the creation of the earth to 4004 bce. the joke is that we have modern, archaeological, factual, real, verifiable evidence of sumerians working, reproducing, writing, and thriving long before 4000 bce, the supposed creation of the earth.)

enjoy

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