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|The Bible is taking over television
"More Networks Jumping on the Biblical Bandwagon."
So says The New York Times in reviewing this season's television offerings.
The headliner is "A.D.: The Bible Continues," the sequel to
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's blockbuster mini-series, "The Bible."
While "The Bible" was shown on the History channel, "A.D." will air on NBC.
It begins Easter Sunday, April 5, and picks up the biblical story after the crucifixion.
Meanwhile, CNN is currently airing a six-part series called "Finding Jesus:
Faith, Fact, Forgery." This Sunday, the UP network broadcasts "Noah's Ark,"
a film version of the biblical story. On March 25, PBS rebroadcasts its 2008
documentary, "The Bible's Buried Secrets." OnMarch 27, the Smithsonian
Channel will air "Siege of Masada," a one-hour special about the event that
ended the first Jewish rebellion and gave Israel her motto, "Masada shall
never fall again."
The National Geographic Channel will air "Killing Jesus" on March 29.
CBS will then air another Downey-Burnett project called "The Dovekeepers"
on March 31 and April 1. Perhaps the most unusual biblical offering of the
season is "Top 10: Bible Weather," which the Times describes as "an awkward
mix of biblical natural disasters and recent meteorological calamity."
The show airs this Saturday on the Weather Channel.
Successful television producers make what people want to see.
The upcoming plethora of biblical shows illustrates Pascal's observation that
there is a "God-shaped emptiness" in every human heart. At the same time,
Christians cannot trust Hollywood to do our evangelizing for us.
We can and should use what the culture is watching as an opportunity for
dialogue, but God has commissioned his people to share the gospel with
all nations (Matthew 28:19-20), one person at a time.
Helping someone follow Jesus is the greatest privilege in life.
Jim Denison, Ph.D., is founder of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture,
a non-sectarian think tank designed to engage contemporary issues with biblical
truth. For more information on the Denison Forum, visit denisonforum.org.
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