A take on the atheism debate

Jan 24, 2011 Full story: Deseret News

At the end of the Golden Globe Awards last week, host Ricky Gervais thanked various people for helping complete the program successfully, and he then concluded by thanking God for "making me an atheist." Gervais, the creator of the British television show, "The Office" and a creator of its American spin-off, has been in the news lately for his ...

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“Credulity is not a virtue”

Since: Apr 09

San Francisco

#1 Jan 25, 2011
"I would draw attention to Gervais’ phrase that there is no scientific evidence for the existence of God. I concede his point that science, as some people understand it, does not, indeed cannot, provide complete evidence for God."

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Why would God hide from scientific discovery, if it existed?

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"There is the glib, well-spoken intellectual Christopher Hitchens who made hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, by printing his tome,“God is not Great.”"

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LOL! What about all the $$$ made from books espousing religion? Hello?

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#2 Jan 26, 2011
Indeed.

All the believers need to do, to get >>all<< atheists and non-believers to shut up?

Is to simply produce their god....

So far? Fail.
Lawrence Chorsney

Hommachi, Japan

#3 Oct 10, 2011
He can say whatever he likes, but when it comes to what he's doing within the Atheist comunity, trying to divide us, that's wrong.

Lawrence.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#4 Oct 10, 2011
Lawrence Chorsney wrote:
He can say whatever he likes, but when it comes to what he's doing within the Atheist comunity, trying to divide us, that's wrong.
Lawrence.
I do not see his comment, "...thank god I'm an atheist..." as divisive at all.

I see it more of a double-entendre, or a statement of irony.

If the theists are right? Then they believe their god made people as they are--including Gervais, complete with his atheism intact. Bad for theists... good for atheism.

If the theists are wrong? Gervais' comment is merely an amusing joke. Again? Bad for theists, good for atheism.

Either way? It's a win-win comment, the way I see it.

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