Where the riveting saga of The Passion of the Christ ends, the incredible adventure of the twelve Apostles begins in a PAX-TV docudrama entitled Miraculous Mission. The one-hour special hosted by explorer Michael Flynn and produced by Grizzly Adams Productions (GAP) will make its world premiere debut on Saturday, December 3 at 9 PM EST/PST (8 PM MST/CST) on the PAX-TV Network (also known as i-TV). It’ll re-run on PAX as a Christmas Eve special on December 24 at 7 PM EST/PST (6 PM MST/CST).
Miraculous Mission investigates the lives and legends of the Apostles, how they were transformed after the resurrection of Christ, how they traveled–without benefit of planes, trains and automobiles or even the Internet–the world to tell Christ’s story, and how all but John were martyred.
Based on the best-selling books Twelve Extraordinary Men by Dr. John MacArthur and The Search for the Twelve Apostles by Dr. William Steuart McBirnie, Miraculous Mission features well-known scholars in theology, archaeology, ancient history and science exploring the lives of the 12 Apostles.
The common denominator among the 12 Apostles is that they were ordinary men, middle class at best. “Yet they achieved extraordinary things,” says David Balsiger, the show’s producer. “These men traveled the world 2,000 years ago when the only mode of transportation was by foot or by ship.”
Dr. John MacArthur, one of many leading scholars interviewed in the TV special, adds, “They weren’t great rabbis or political leaders. They didn’t have a lot of money or prestige. The only extraordinary thing about the group is just how ordinary they were. They were common men who achieved within their lifetimes a feat so monumental it defies human explanation.”
The docudrama also explores important fact-finding contributions from the scientific community. “Rather than working at odds, scientists and theologians are actually working on a parallel plane to document the existence of the 12 Apostles,” says Charles E. Sellier, president of GAP.
Anthropologist Paul E. Langenwalter II, concurs that science and theology are becoming great partners. “Given new technologies, clues that have lain dormant for centuries can now be dusted off and reexamined, and documents once thought beyond repair can now be saved and their message brought to life.”
The DVD version of Miraculous Mission will be released prior to Easter 2006. It will contain an additional two hours of bonus features including more expert interviews, an expanded version of the life and legends of the Apostles, an examination of the Crucifixion, and the birth history of the Christian Church.
Grizzly Adams Productions (GAP), named after its long-running NBC Network TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. During the past 30 years, GAP producers have created more than 500 family-friendly TV specials and series for NBC, CBS, PAX, Discovery, and other networks.
Contact Ann Strauss at (970) 663-3820 for interviews/further information.
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