It began in December when Brian Flemming, a 40-year-old filmmaker and playwright based in Los Angeles, started the Blasphemy Challenge, asking people to post videos on YouTube denying the existence of God.
In one video, for example, a teenage girl says, "I know that the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, God, the flying spaghetti monster, pink unicorns, all of these made-up entities do not exist."
Those who participate at the Flemming site, blasphemychallenge.com
, receive a free DVD of the documentary "The God Who Wasn't There," which Mr. Flemming
wrote, directed and produced.Mr. Flemming
, a former evangelical Christian turned atheist, said the DVDs cost him about $25,000.
, who says his
Web site does not make money, said he
started questioning his
religious faith during his
senior year of high school, when he
transferred out of an evangelical school to a secular one.
"Once I started asking questions about Christian doctrine and seeking answers to Christian doctrine, I realized there was no way Christian doctrine could survive," he