Did the Nicene Council Remove Books From the Bible?
I want to address an article written by self proclaimed historian and theologian, and sub-level fringe author, Scotty Roberts. For those who are unfamiliar with Roberts, he is the organizer of the Paradigm Symposium (a gathering of both New Age types, occultists, and Historical Revisionists), and an author of two mediocre books that appeal to the same audience that watches Ancient Aliens religiously, and believe everything it posits. Roberts penned an article titled "The Madness of the Divine", ostensibly to review the film Noah. However, Roberts' review was more a showcase of his own particular brand of fringe thought than a film review. Throughout the article Roberts does not hide his dislike for orthodox Christianity.
Roberts writes, "The appeal of then, had to be strong enough to allow the movie to stand on the dictates and anticipation of the audience. And let’s not be coy, here, it needed to appease a certain religious mindset, while drawing the attention of those who are uninterested in bearded-bathrobe-and-bed-sheet biblical offerings."
The fact of the matter is, the producer of the film, a self avowed atheist, Darren Aronofsky, referred to the film in the Washington Times as, "the least Biblical film ever made." He also stated he is proud that he took the Bible and made a secular film of it. Where Roberts got his idea that the film had to appease a "certain religious mindset" is anyone's guess. Perhaps it comes more from the obvious rejection of Christianity that the author exhibits in all of his writings, rather than from any real motivation on the producer's behalf. In fact, the word "God" is mentioned only once in the film.
Roberts continues speaking of Glenn Beck's take on the film, "Much to Beck’s credit, he apologized openly for jumping on the religious bandwagon, and took up the studio’s offer to come see the film, himself. He still didn’t like it, but I found his critique of the film to be based less on the story as a whole, and more on the fact that it didn’t perfectly align with the “evangelical Christian” story of the great Old Testament patriarch and his zoological boat. This seemed to me to represent a mindset that wanted only one version of the tale told, and that would be the version that aligns perfectly with their point-of-view and religious teachings. Ignore the fact that real humans in such off-the-normal-scale circumstances, would be a tale set in the ordeal of trauma, tragedy, survival and recovery, with the characters struggling to assert themselves as more than mere pawns in an enigmatic game – and you’ve got to admit: it doesn’t get much more enigmatic than an invisible, Almighty Deity casting all of his creation into chaos and holocaust, all while creating a “mulligan” for only a handful of his sinful humans in the form of a protective ark."
The logical problem with Roberts' line of thinking eluded him here when he decries those who "wanted only one version of the tale told". Perhaps Roberts can point me to another "version", since there is none. As the history of Noah is indeed a Biblical one, logically people would expect a film maker to actually present the story as it is, and to use the primary source material to do so. After all, that is what historians do. Not so for the atheist who produced the film with his own agenda, and apparently not so for those given to fringe thought- even those self proclaimed historians such as Roberts. Keeping in mind that Roberts is very much a part of the historical revisionist milieu, a subculture which places emphasis on the absurdities of aliens, Templar "mysteries", Nephilim, and other laughable replacements for actual history, it isn't a surprise at all to find him taking the position he does. As for the rest of his statement, I share it by way of establishing the apparent disdain which Roberts, a former Baptist, clearly holds for the Christian faith.
He goes on, "What these sort of religious critics (generally found incorporated and invested in the “Religious Right” movement) did not seem to acknowledge – or, quite possibly completely overlooked due to an ignorance birthed from a singular religious point-of-view, is that the movie, was based not only on the story as found in the Book of Genesis, but also on other ancient, biblical accounts as sourced in the books of Enoch and Jashur, two Old Testament books that had been eliminated from the biblical canon of scripture under the councils convoked by Roman emperor Constantine in the mid-forth century A.D.