I had a chat with a guy at the office a few weeks ago about a movie called Zeitgeist which went a bit like this:
“So, what’s it all about?” I asked.
“mmm, Christianity and politics and stuff,” came the reply.
“Any good?” I half wondered but said out loud.
“Just download it and watch it,” he replied. “It pretty much debunks everything you believe.”
Well, now I’ve watched it and I really don’t get it. I’m fairly sure that the spirit of this age must be deception geared for the intelectually destitute because surely no one else will fall for this baloney?
For the last while I’ve noticed that the South African blogsphere was atwitter with the word Zeitgeist. Seems everyone who’s anyone has watched it and is chating about it. Very exciting, something new. Everyone, that is, except me. I guess you could say that I’m trend thwarted, fashion forlorned, “in-thing” impeded. Basically I stopped being cool in the 70’s.
Enter my brother-in-law. He’s a whole lot more synced and savvy than I am. It’s like he sits on the sharp edge of the fad sword, always having a hand in what’s new and interesting. I visit twice a year on holiday and we have long chats that go way into the wee hours of the morning while he exposes me to stuff. Twice a year means I’m always about six months behind any passing craze. Last night we did Zeitgeist.
To be honest if the movie wasn’t portrayed as nonfiction I wouldn’t even bother blogging about it but this trash was put forward as gospel truth. There’s this David Attenborough sounding narrator who monologues through pseudo school book history making everything sound as factual as evolution [sic]. After the first twenty minutes I thought maybe this was satire dressed up in irony, mimicking a slap stick comedy but it wasn’t, this guy was serious. Let me give you an example of what I perceived as fictitious fact:
The monotonous narration goes to great pains to draw a parallel between the English word sun and son. So, “God’s sun” is directly equated to “the Son of God”. After that there’s this whole Zodiac thing going on. Now it doesn’t take a first year Greek student to think, “mmm, maybe in the original language these two words aren’t so closely linked?” And they’re not! The Greek word for sun is ἥλιος (hēlios, which is where I presume we drive the word helium from?… I love being right. Click here.) and the word for son is υἱός (uihos).
I could go on and on but I think there’s copious amounts of information online shooting proverbial holes through the major tenets of the film. Thing is though I’m wondering why is this movie so widely watched? I can understand people being drawn to false teaching but teaching that is so clearly inaccurate? Weird!
I know this is going to sound a bit contrieved but I can’t help thinking of Romans 1:21 – 22:
Well, what about you? What did you think of it? Good, great, eye opening, unsettling, shocking, awesome, poor, poppycock, drivel, tripe?