So I watched Bill Maher’s documentary “Religulous” last night.
Not only was he mostly shooting fish in a barrel. He was also preaching to the choir (ironic, no?).
As a person of not-faith, I had no problem with the premise which was all religions are pretty much made up and people would be better off without them and should lean more on rationality than on faith.
But – his tone and the manner of the presentation is only going to work to convince people who don’t need convincing. If he was thinking that any person of faith (any faith – he does take them pretty much all on) would watch his documentary and think “By golly, you’re right! Thanks for mocking my beliefs and showing me how wrong they are!” then he’s barking up the wrong tree.
Also, I don’t think his dire predictions of the whole world ending in a firey conflagration brought about by religious wars is entirely probable. I don’t think the existence of religion is as horrifying as all that.
So – yeah – there were a couple of laughs. And if you are a person of not-faith, you might find a few tid-bits of information in there that are interesting.
If you believe in any of the religions he explored in this docu, though… I dunno – don’t bother? If you’ve been a person of faith for any amount of time, I am sure you’ve heard his arguments before and remained unmoved, so putting yourself through watching the mockery is probably not worth it – even for the bits where he “explains” Scientology (which was pretty funny if you aren’t a Scientologist).
Of course, if you are on the fence about the whole “Faith” deal – go ahead and check it out… might provide you with some information you have heretofore been unaware of.