Ricky Gervais: "There shouldn't be a word for atheism'
Spending time in the US has only made Ricky Gervais a more outspoken atheist. He tells Robin Ince why that’s important
My atheism might be higher-profile than other people’s atheism, but it’s not high on my agenda.
Let’s get this out in the open as well – there shouldn’t be a word for atheism: it shouldn’t exist, it’s ridiculous. If people didn’t keep making up supernatural deities, I wouldn’t have to deny they exist. That’s the other ridiculous, moronic tweet I get: “Doesn’t denying God prove his existence?” I don’t know where to start with that.
I’ve swapped the word “God” with luck/nature and it works perfectly. Everything works perfectly. God created the universe, God is good to me, sometimes he’s bad to me. And I was thinking about this the other day – the other thing I think you can swap the word “God” with is the phrase “I don’t know”. If you swap “God” with “I don’t know”, it explains an awful lot, in terms of epistemology, not in terms of morals or upshots.What created the universe? I don’t know. Why did I get cancer? I don’t know. Why are some people born into countries of starvation? I don’t know, I don’t know. It works.
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Since: Jan 10
For your mind and soul
#1 Dec 23, 2012
Ricky is funny and on point. there is no word for people who don't believe in unicorns.
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