'Bible Idiots' Makes Scriptural Accuracy a Laughing Matter
NRT's J.J.Francesco evaluates the defense of Scripture found in Chris Danielson's Bible Idiots documentary.
Apologetics can lead to some heavy discussions, but when you mix stand-up comedy with proving the Word of God’s legitimacy, you get a light-hearted approach to Truth rarely seen in mainstream Christianity. And it has a name: Bible Idiots.
Produced by Christian comedian Chris Danielson, Bible Idiots is a documentary where Danielson and his family provide the comedic backdrop, with standup bits peppered throughout the film’s main premise, which is making the case for the Bible as a credible and sole Word of God.
As a Christian, I resonated with many of the arguments on the whole. I appreciate the film's tackling of "cultural Christianity" and the decline of morality in America. Many Christians today get a little too caught up in just doing a bunch of Christian things and ignoring grave moral evils in the name of love. It's good to hear bold stands actually taken in opposition to these things without it being a big, stereotypical caricature. I felt a lot of these arguments made some sound points about the Church, the historical Jesus, and the meaning of these words for our lives. I especially appreciate the emphasis on "the Word was made Flesh." Sometimes I think we forget about that.
While the material was delivered pleasantly and creatively, there were some pieces I felt were missing from the presentation. For one, I would’ve liked to have seen more time spent on the history of the biblical canon, laying out exactly how God used people to put together the 66 books we have today. For a documentary, that seems to be an important part of proving the Bible’s accuracy. Also, we hear a lot about people rejecting the Bible wholesale, but the topic of erroneous interpretations could’ve used some more screen time in an age where the Church goes in many different directions morally and theologically, all using the Bible as their proof text.
I'm sure the filmmakers would agree this trend is alarming, and they emphasize going to the original languages to preach from the Bible so you get the most accurate meaning. This is good.
Ultimately, Bible Idiots satisfyingly accomplishes what it set out to do: providing some strong arguments for the authenticity of Scripture. The faith and joy of those speaking is clear and infectious, and certainly will attract viewers to more of the Danielson family’s ministry and comedy while giving them an entry-level course on the validity of the Word we Christians cling to.
J.J. Francesco is an aspiring fiction writer who enjoys Christian rock, good movies and TV, good food, and good company.
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