Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Bill Maher discussing Religulous on The Daily Show

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A few months ago I blogged about Religulous, American comedian Bill Maher's forthcoming documentary film on religion. As a quick update, here's the footage from Maher's recent appearance on The Daily Show, where he discusses his film with John Stewart. It's very funny, and as you'll see from the opening, Religulous doesn't just poke fun at Christianity ... Scientology's in for it too.

And here's part 2:


Maineac said...

It's hard to say if this is a comedy routine along the lines of "Borat" or an inciteful comment on the role of religion in today's world. Since I want to comment on the latter, I'll assume that is the case.

I just wanted to say that all religions are based on myths, but that religion plays an important role in the lives of all humans. That role is to answer the "unanswerable" questions. Ten thousand years ago the question was what is that big ball of fire that travels across the sky every day and warms me. Why is it here some days and gone on others? And, more important, what can I do to make it come back? So it's no surprise that religions were based on nature with sun gods, star gods, sea and weather gods. As our science improved, many of these questions were answered and the falacy of the myths was revealed. Some of todays unanswerable questions are: "Where does life come from?", "What happens when we die?", "Why do we exist?". Even if you choose atheism as your religion, it still answer's these and other questions for you. The real problem, in my opinion, is fundamentalism, where people ignore science and hold tenaciously to their myths. This is not a new problem, but it is exascerbated by nuclear proliferation.
While Bill's film may help some to see through their own personal myths, I think it is important to fill the void with new possible answer's to the old questions. And to work to slow nuclear proliferation.

Ronnie said...

I agree with Jon Stewart that we're the only species which KNOWS our individual lives END. Perhaps the thought that the Self will not cease to exist, is a survival factor, a hard wired cog in the scope of our imagination, going beyond the physics of the known universe.Those of us who embrace being part of this biosphere, well, I'm happy to think my mineral remainswill eventually be equally transient parts of trees, worms, bugs and birds. That's eternity enough.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea that "we just don't know"...

Even when you say that we are the only species that knows its own mortality you are making a huge assumption.

You have no idea that each and every goldfish doesn't ponder the infinity of divinity and the finality of humanity each Sunday... which of course is a very religious day for goldfish.