by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.

bible_miniseries_wideThe History Channel cable network began on March 3, 2013, a ten-hour new miniseries based on the Bible that will be broadcast over five Sundays. Without a doubt, the show confronts viewers with the question “Is the Bible literally true?”

The series is co-produced by actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and her husband producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice), who have professed a love for the Bible and approach it as being both true history and factually accurate. The project cost over $20 million, and a large group of Bible scholars and theologians contributed.

During several interviews, including ones with journalists Cynthia McFadden1 and Bill O’Reilly,2 the principal question asked of Downey and Burnett was whether they believe the Bible’s narrative accounts are fictional stories, allegories, or literally true history. The couple stated unequivocally that “on this project, there’s only one way to approach this. You have to take the Bible as a fact.”3

O’Reilly asked, somewhat skeptically, if The Bible miniseries was intended to facilitate belief in a real Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and Jonah and “the whale.” Viewers of the History Channel programs may themselves wonder how they should approach these narratives…..

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