"Killing Jesus," a National Geographic channel miniseries based on the life and death of Jesus Christ that will debut on Sunday, chose to do most of its filming in Morocco rather than the expected location shoot in Israel.
"We wanted to create a believable Palestine of 2000 years ago," said director Chris Menaul to The Christian Post at a New York City special premiere event on March 23 . "What Morocco gave us was these amazing locations and faces. We used one village which had been a Jewish village up until 1974 when all the Jews got out at the time Yom Kippur was because they thought Africa wasn't the place to be anymore."
"It's still there and it was built hundreds of years ago exactly in the style of the villages that Christ lived in with mud bricks and courtyards, and very few people have moved into it." more >>
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's "The Bible" mini-series is still breaking records, becoming a Spanish network's highest rated show just 10 days before the premiere of their follow-up series "A.D.," which will broadcast on Easter Sunday.
"The Bible," which tells the story of the Christian and Jewish Holy book from Genesis to Acts, debuted on the Spanish network Telemundo Wednesday night and pulled in 3.22 million viewers, making it the channel's highest rated 8 p.m. premiere.
"Within just 10 days of the premiere of 'A.D.: The Bible Continues' on NBC, 2013's 'The Bible' series continues to break records, this time on Telemundo, pulling in 3.22 million viewers on Wednesday night," according to statement shared with The Christian Post. "The epic story continues nightly on Telemundo through Good Friday when it will air the epic three hour finale." more >>
Pat Robertson, the executive chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network stands by controversial comments he made recently about liberals supporting Sharia law, despite sparking a firestorm of criticism.
During Wednesday's edition of CBN's "The 700 Club," the conservative evangelist accused liberals of advocating for Islamic law, which is based on the teachings of the Quran and encompasses strict religious law and personal moral code.
"You know folks, what's happening is the so called left, the liberals want to rebel against the established order and the established order of western civilization is basically Christian," said Robertson. "It is based on the gospel, it is based on the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and so if somebody wants to rebel against that then anything else goes." more >>
NEW YORK — Bill O'Reilly, host of the Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor," spoke briefly at the premiere of the new National Geographic mini-series "Killing Jesus," which is based on his best-selling book, and talked about his controversial decision to cast a Muslim actor for role of Jesus in the film.
During his speech, which took place before the series was shown to the audience in its entirety, O'Reilly explained his decision to cast young Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman for the role of Jesus.
He admitted to being concerned about some of the backlash that might come, but said Sleiman "was the best person for the job" and that because of this "Jesus would hire him." more >>
Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith.
The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna defines as people who "either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics)."
Of that number, nearly one-third said that they have never attended a Christian church service in their lives. more >>
A woman arrested for attempting to remove a Satanic display placed in the rotunda of the Florida capitol building will not be charged with vandalism.
Susan Hemeryck, a self-described "Catholic warrior" who was arrested last year for attempting to destroy the display, will not go to trial for her actions.
Charges against the Tallahassee woman were dropped when prosecutors were unable to note what sufficient damage was done to the display, which had been donated last year by the group known as the Satanic Temple. more >>