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March 2018



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"The Man from Earth" (2007)

A retiring professor tells his friends he is a centuries-old caveman and they talk about it for an hour and a half.

I found it very irritating.

No one believes him. This is boring. As a regular science fiction fan I have little patience for long scenes of people denying the premiss of the story.

And then there is the anthropology. The beliefs expressed about what early people believed, and the ideas about religion are very offensive to me. And that's before he even get's to talking about Christ. Let's just say that I don't agree with the anthropology in this movie. That is the reason I never liked the "Clan of the Cave Bear" books.

Not all religions are like Christianity!

Some of the ideas discussed are interesting but I was so irritated by the apologetics that I had trouble enjoying the good parts.

Sci-Fi is a genre of ideas but it works best by approaching these ideas obliquely. Nobody likes to be lectured to.

Current ideas presented as ageless wisdom. Very, very, irritating. Never watch movies about your own field of expertise it can only be irritating. It was like a red flag to a bull for me, or as Terry Pratchett says "putting something very annoying in front of someone who was annoyed by it”

I don't think Joshua ben Joseph would recognize himself in the person of Jesus Christ. But I don't think that invalidates what people get from Christianity.

As a pagan, if someone showed up claiming that they were an ancient cave man who was the basis of one of my gods it would not affect my beliefs. Paganism includes the idea of people becoming gods. And in my case the separation gods from their ancient roots is part of my understanding of religion.