The Bible Mini-Series on the History Channel

Sometimes, coincidences happen that spook me a little bit. Take for example the timing of this blog post. It was on my "to-do" list for today, which turned out to be the same day that Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by announcing his resignation. The topic of my essay for today was scheduled to be the upcoming History Channel epic mini-series The Bible.  You can't make this stuff up.

The series is an ambitious dramatization of the key stories in the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. Whether you're religious or not, the Bible is undeniably the best-selling book of all time, full of interesting characters, action and adventure, and thought-provoking drama and suspense. So many people have heard of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Goliath, Jesus, and all the rest, without ever having read the original source material. Like fine classical literature, adapting it into a live-action multi-part television series has its pitfalls, but also the opportunity to shed new light on oft-told tales, presenting them with a new vitality.

Click here for a teaser and check out the extended clip here:

Many people have vilified organized religions, but it might be worthful for the critics, not just the devoted, to take a look at these stories that have served as the inspirational foundation for the beliefs of billions of people throughout the ages. Even as a special effects filled literal interpretation of the biblical saga, it might shed light on what we've gotten right and where we've strayed as a species, and if nothing else, it's still loaded with entertaining stories.

Tune in and let me know what you think.