Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group, which has reviewed each episode of the "A.D. The Bible Continues" miniseries that aired on NBC, has written in its conclusion that the show's last episode was "absolutely dismal," and said the show does not deserve a second season.
"Theologically and historically, the writers of this show have been sloppy at best and calculatingly agenda-driven at the expense of Scripture at worst. Indeed the 'A.D.' for this 12th (and final for now) installment stands for 'Absolutely Dismal,'" AiG's in-depth review states.
The Creationist organization lists the numerous historical and biblical inaccuracies it found in the last episode, which include big spoilers concerning the plot and characters.
"There are several plot lines deliberately left unresolved and some are even 'cliffhangers.' We hope this does not mean that the series will be revived after a brief hiatus. Unfortunately, with this bad of a TV episode, there can be little to look forward to in subsequent shows if there are any," stated the review, which can be read in its entirety on the AiG website.
The miniseries, a continuation of the popular "The Bible" miniseries, failed to generate the success of its predecessor, and suffered a ratings low in finale, scoring a 0.7 rating among the 18-49 demographic.
The 12-episode series focused on the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus; portrayed the trials of His followers; and culminated with the disciples getting their first Roman convert.
AiG has also heavily criticized the "Son of God" movie made by producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey out of the Bible miniseries and released in 2014, arguing that it failed to talk about sin, repentance and hell.
AiG argued back then that the film is missing the Gospel, and that although the life of Jesus makes a good story, "biblically illiterate viewers will see nothing in the movie to help them understand how Jesus' death should benefit them."
Several other Christian leaders have voiced their support for "A.D.," however. Joel Houston, leader of Hillsong NYC and the church's worship band Hillsong UNITED, said in May that the series is part of "God's plan."
"It's God's plan for helping people understand who Jesus is and why to follow Him," Houston told The Christian Post in an interview.
"There are universal aspects of searching for love, searching for value, searching for security, for freedom — all this stuff in its purest form — that's what the Gospel [fulfills] and what the church is all about."
He added that it is "phenomenal" that the story got to run on such a public platform.
"Showing the New Testament — I've read those passages of Scripture my whole life, when you play it out on the screen, there are so many parallels to the world we are living in right now," Houston said.