Monday, 11 August 2008

Censorship is key in Make Me A Christian

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Well, for want of anything better to do last night I sat down and watched Channel 4's Make Me A Christian, which needless to say was reality TV at its finest. A few readers logged on to my previous post on this subject last night, leaving comments which mostly cover my views on the programme.

As I pointed out last week, as did some of the commenters, the pastor in charge of teaching the participants about Christianity, George Hargreaves, is at the somewhat extreme end of the religion. Naturally this came out in the programme, where he displayed a characteristic that serves to make people like myself uneasy about religion, namely the tendency to censor people's lives. One participant, a lapdancer, had a few books on witchcraft in her house so Hargreaves confiscated them on the grounds that she was flirting with demonic powers (and there was me thinking it was just a bit silly).

It was a pointless programme, which served to teach viewers little about Christianity expect that some of its more vocal adherents have failed to move on from the book burning of centuries past. But still, it was all worth it for the tattooed atheist biker's description of his education at a Christian school – "There was as much love as you'd get from Fred West at a patio party."


Wotnogod? said...


'Make me a Christian' had as much intellectual integrity as 'Celebrity Wife Swap'.

It starts at a completely false premise, i.e. save for the biker, all other 'contestants' are far from atheistic in outlook. in fact, most are already half-way-there!

The rationale just isn't fair.

The programme makers also assume that the Christian religious-types featured are 'right' to believe in god.

The programme offers absolutely nothing for anybody wanting to draw serious conclusions.

A more accurate title for this programme would be 'Make me a Christian - but only if the participants are susceptible'.

Next year, 'Make me a Muslim'.

Paul Sims said...

Don't worry, they already did "Make Me A Muslim" last year!

Wotnogod? said...

Really? I was only joking!

Still, Dawkins is on TV tonight.

Did you see Libby Purves's cretinous review of part one of the Genius of Darwin?

Paul Sims said...

They certainly did - and it carried the same stunning intellectual weight as Make Me A Christian.

I'm afraid I didn't see the first Dawkins programme so my opinion's completely second hand. I know even secular-minded viewers said he brought religion in a bit too often. What did Purves say?

Wotnogod? said...

Go to

Then go to for RD's (and others) excellent response(s). I don't have time to check, but, I believe RD's was published on Guardian online.

I thought RD was quite restrained in mentioning religion in Part one, given that evolution is so inextricably linked with creationism / ID.

Wotnogod? said...

Sorry, I meant The Times Online, not The Guardian!

Anonymous said...

"...which needless to say was reality TV at it's finest."

The word should be "its", not "it's."

Gillian said...

why is this programme condemming lesbian and gay people at the extremist end of religion when there are plenty of CHRISTIAN vicars who will bless loving gay couples?

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