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 "Someone has just blasphemed the name of the Lord!"

Russell Carlisle, a liberal theologian at a seminary in the late 1800s, has written a book on morality. The oldest preacher on the campus is warning him that the book is wrong, but he's been acting crazy for a while. Others at the seminary want it out so much that they are changing the rules of the seminary from unanimous to majority vote so it can get a seal of approval from the place.

It turns out that the oldest preacher on the campus has invented a time machine and seen the future; it's only since then that he's seemed crazy. He offers to send our protagonist forward. The rules are, the time traveler and his things can travel forward, but nothing from the future can travel back. Oh, and don't look up your own future (it's never spelled out why). There is a sending unit right there; after a set amount of time, he'll be retrieved.

So our protagonist is sent forward to Next Sunday AD, figuratively speaking--specifically, 1999. He deals well enough with most of the technology, but the culture throws him--he's isolated even relative to his own culture, remember! Dress codes, the lack of respect for elders, and films and TV throw him. Even the Christians of his era find him a bit kooky...

This film includes what may be the most creative way of showing corruption in film without showing it: church group enters theater; Hard Cut to protagonist running out shouting the page quote. You have to have an idea what blaspheming is, but if you do...


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