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Mom of 9
1 Stars Out Of 5
Very Dry, hard to follow
May 1, 2013
Mom of 9
I got this dvd to show to my world religion class in our home school co-op. I ordered it because we watched Bill Jack in the Demolishing Strongholds series, and he was fabulous. However, this dvd was very dry, way too boring for teens. It was nice to see "experts" talking about their religions, but the dialogue was hard to follow, because the questions were mostly thrown up on the screen in writing, instead of asked aloud. This made it seem very incoherent; if you looked down at the moment the question was on the screen, you wouldn't know they switched over to a new question. There were no transitions. At the end of each segment, it would have been nice to hear Bill Jack talk about that religion, since he is such a dynamic speaker, but instead there was just writing on the screen listing beliefs about that religion. Overall, I was very disappointed.
I was hoping for something a little more in this DVD. Some of the interviews were better than others - I felt like they were interviewing someone who might qualify as an expert. But some were much less credible feeling - no idea if this person would be considered an expert, or a dabbler... These were also held in a less formal setting, which lent an air of confusion at times.
They did not ask the same questions of every religion, which I found a little odd. At the end of each segment, they did a summary - typed words on the screen. This was one place they could have spiced it up a little, to match the cover's Survivor premise.
I was hoping to use this with the youth at my church, but I don't think it will work for them. A more mature audience could probably still get something out of it.