Ricky Gervais On His Religious Beliefs [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Misc

We should all walk around and try out his flying theory and see what people say. He makes a good point.
There are 122 comments:
Male 3,147
All the religious people in the comments here saying that there are far too many atheist posts on IAB... why do you all never seem to complain about there being too many posts about fat people? or ugly people? or ones showing people falling over? or any of the other posts that are laughing and poking fun at someone else? (and they *are* funny.... but it is laughing AT them, not with them)

you just don`t like the fun being poked at you rather than someone else who you don`t mind being the butt of the joke?

it`s not really fair to be laughing and pointing the finger at others if you can`t take a bit of poo being thrown your own way every now and again is it?
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Male 11
I wouldn`t say it`s pushing disbelief on people. If someone still claimed the world was flat, would you not try to explain that it wasn`t?
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Male 4,004
Although I make my best not to push Atheism on anyone, I see it as a big big big big problem with a lot of Atheists, pushing their disbelief on people. I think, when kept to one`s self, religion is a beautiful thing to have, helps make you a better person when applied correctly and all...

The problems never lie in belief, it`s when the beliefs get taken too far and are pushed into people`s faces, then the problems start.
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Male 4,004
Good point PayN8tention. Except I am an Atheist not because I know God doesn`t exist, but because I do not believe in the possibility of the existence of a Deity creating worlds out of nothing, observing everyone and doing nothing. I also believe the scientific explanations as being MUCH more likely than creationism.
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Male 907
I`m a confident agnostic, which I think is more tolerable than most any other confident religious person could be. I`m actually quite passionate about being agnostic. I don`t know how I got here. That`s liberating.

You know what, I don`t think anyone truly knows how we got here, and for people to argue the contrary strikes me as ignorant. That`s not to say I`m not ignorant because agnostic means I am admitting my ignorance, but its others who are ignorant for denying their ignorance. Do ya follow me?
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Female 914
I knew there was was a reason I liked him.
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Male 108
Religion is just an excuse for people to act like idiots.
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Male 2,893
@Wizard77
Maybe you should see how many other people think that Ricky Gervais is a half-decent comedian.
Just read some posts before you post a comment.
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Male 582
@GuardinGnome
Ah so youre his fan.
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Female 1,264
Who is this guy?
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Male 2,893
@Wizard77
ME!
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Female 351
Oh ricky :) This is why I love him!
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Male 558
really a matter of personal belief, once we ALL get that through our heads and stop pressing our own "trip" onto people I believe all these petty arguments will end and then we can get onto the real matter of dratING GETTING ALONG WITH ONE ANOTHER!
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Male 723
"People should just learn to leave each other the drat alone..."

Xtians who keep to themselves, don`t try to witness to everyone and aren`t condescending little dushbags aren`t the problem. It`s the, "I`m right, you`re wrong and you`ll be sorry you didn`t listen to me when you`re burning in hell. I`m going to fix you whether you`re broken or not, whether you want it or not," Xtians that tend to piss folks off. That tends to be when folks start asking for proof.

It`s very simple, really: don`t try to force your delusion on me or my children, stop trying to make your 4000 year old, bronze age, animal sacrificing beliefs and morals into my laws, keep your smug condescension to yourself, have your local house of mass hysteria ... uh ... worship begin paying taxes on all the money they rake in, keep your burden of guilt at home and we can all get along just fine.

If you stick a finger in my face or your foot in my door I`ll put a boot in your a
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Male 582
Who cares what this guy thinks?
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Male 467
@AmberJayne
That`s not even remotely the same thing..

To prove an action either occurred or didn`t if quite different from proving a theory or train of thought.
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Female 56
Yeah, and that whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing in the judicial system? Pfft, everyone should totally have to prove their innocence because it makes way more sense to just assume that everyone killed that hooker downtown. Just like it makes total sense to just assume there`s an invisible, all-powerful, all-knowing malevolent superhero that automatically accounts for anything we can not explain. Total sense. o.0
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Male 110
I dont think the burden of proof is on any human, so stop worrying about it.

If Yahweh exists (which i think he does) he`ll prove it.
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Male 315
well from the religious point of view. It doesn`t make sense for people who believe in god to have to prove it. They aren`t the ones questioning it. It`s Atheists that are demanding the proof. So its more like

"Hey, I heard you think you can fly, prove it."
"Excuse me? Who ARE you?"

People should just learn to leave each other the drat alone. If half of us want to believe we have a cool imaginary friend and the other half want to be scientists and blow up the world by making simulated black holes on earth, thats fine. We`re both stupid.
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Male 4,793
hey guys, God is fake, he doesnt exist. So that means when you read this message and start praying for me (fack you if you do such a thing) you are wasting your time :)
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Male 314
Isn`t atheism the religion of reason? If so, then why would it be so wrong to ask them to prove there is no God or whatever?
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Male 263
today`s atheism is a proactive atheism, they have fliers, groups, preachers, and apologetics for their SEEMINGLY "lack" of belief in theism. what they really have is a very well disguised belief in naturalism, which comes with its own amount of faithful thinking, things even science can`t and never will be able to discern (unless we get time travel). such as how the universe began, that there is nothing after death (how do they know? and how can science know? that is nothing but faith. so, things l;ike this is just illogical misdirection from their true concern, which is promoting the religion of naturalism.
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Male 263
if someone says a positive statment of "fact", then it must follow with proof. when atheists say it is a fact there is no god, there must be proof. the correct thinking is, "i dont know" is there purple flying unicorns? not that ive seen, but 100% no, in other realities? other planets. who knows. i would have to give proof. like, well i been there and surely are no unicorns. or ive coem backl from the dead there is no god. the proof belongs to both parties. especially the atheists who will want to convert theists to atheism. they have no grounds.
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Male 225
lol hes funny d:
just, it`s because.. how can you not believe in god? its like a mental taboo d:
also-leaps of faith = more evident in atheism
yee bitches i said it
too bad noones listenng ;[
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Female 166
I see his point, but I prefer to say `to each their own` and mind my own business...

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Male 363
Right, Jesus Camp, no i haven`t, but i`m pretty sure its not required so is there any reasons why atheists try to bash it? Sure there`s some things that are strange to me even but that`s another thing entirely

What I`m trying to say is that in both christians and atheists there are retarded fanatics, and I think it would be best if IAB stops with this whole pro-atheist anti-christianity even. It`s not anti-religion. It`s mostly anti-christian.

So please, stop with the anti-religious, religious stuff.
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Female 66
I love this guys views (:
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Female 1,324
usually it`s other religions that complain about prayer in school and that whole `under God` thing actually... all the Athiests I know don`t give a crap as long as it doesn`t interfere with them going about their business for the day >>;
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Male 48
Logan033...hell yes, my friend.
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Female 1,515
"Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever."

Why does everyone automatically assume people are athiest if they`re against prayer in school? Separation of Church and state means that unless you`re sending your kids to a religious private school, there should be no religious indoctrination whatsoever in the classroom. Same way I don`t think teachers should impose their political beliefs on their students, or hamper a child`s education because their religious beliefs clash with scientific fact.
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Male 94
Here is an idea. STOP THE DAMN RELIGIOUS POSTS ON IAB! People come to this site to get a quick laugh. But then as soon as a single religious post either for or against any religion is posted, all hell breaks loose. Guess what people, no one cares about what your beliefs are. Everyone needs to grow some damn balls and stop arguing about religion over the drating internet
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Male 1,610
[quote]You`re wrong,[/quote]

How?

[quote]stop typing.[/quote]

Eat me.
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Male 82
Who is this and why should I care what he thinks?
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Female 248
"Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever."

Given that separation of Church and state is guaranteed in most countries, do you ever wonder why this is?

Or given that the atheists are the ones being discriminated against with prayer, and Christians wouldn`t be without prayer? Or given that Christianity has shown a great record of intolerance against gays, women, people of other religions, and the people of the Americas?
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Male 312
"Howlingwolf; I agree %100 percent with everything you said. To be honest, I think the world would be less colorful without religion. It was the inspiration behind so many cultural works of art, architecture, literature, etc. that are invaluable to the human race. "

You`re wrong, stop typing.
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Male 1,136
Soooooo does he believe in god or not?
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Male 2,619
I hate Ricky Gervais. Unfunny, smug and generally a dick
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Female 336
What`s so hard about the flying thing? All that would take is shoving him off a tall building once and PRESTO! Mystery solved, Scooby!
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Male 877
HunterKiller
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
111 Posts Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:57:38 PM
Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever.


not true...they bitch about all religions, and rightly so...
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Male 1,610
Howlingwolf; I agree %100 percent with everything you said. To be honest, I think the world would be less colorful without religion. It was the inspiration behind so many cultural works of art, architecture, literature, etc. that are invaluable to the human race.

[quote]My personal belief is that religion`s purpose is to GIVE people purpose.[/quote]

And this comes to the heart of the issue. What people DO because of their beliefs. Personally, I think Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shintoism are the most admirable religions out there because they teach people to respect life and be at peace with the world. It`s the ones that cross continents to shove their beliefs down other people`s throats. However, I don`t think what atheists do equates to prosthelytizing....not that you said it did.
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Male 1,252
Actually it was meant as a method of reason to reduce crime back in old greece. ppl had absolutely NO reason not to steal, rape, pillage and murder. Now with technology, religion is obselete.

It IS a sound theory truth be told if EVERYONE followed catholic/christian beliefs it would be a perfect world. Unfortuneatly not everyone does...thus to achieve this they must be either convinced..or "forced".
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Male 1,351
Now right off the bat, I`m not an atheist. My personal belief is that religion`s purpose is to GIVE people purpose. Most people need something, anything, to rely on in times of need. I think atheists are simply people who don`t require this comfort or have willingly put it aside.

I don`t think it`s ever ok to push religion or atheism. If a person needs or no longer requires the comfort to rely on, it should be their choice. People here need to stop freaking out that Ricky is poking fun; he`s not trying to change anyone`s opinion but rather make some fun.

Now Scientologists on the other hand...are a bunch of nuts. Feel free to mock them at will :-D
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Male 2,148
I`m so tired of Christians at this point that I`m not sure what part of the argument I even want to address. I`ll just start writing a list and see where this goes:

1) We don`t care what you believe inside your own home. Just don`t try to "save" us.
2) Your beliefs become a problem to us when national policy reflects a blatant bias, evident in issues like same-sex marriage.
3) Your "faith" doesn`t give you the right to be an non-nice individual. Everyone has basic human rights, and they aren`t dictated by your religion just because you have "faith".
4) Most of the atheists I know understand Christianity better than most of the Christians I know. We have a determination to find the correct answer, you have a determination to make your answer the correct one.
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Male 277
I have a theory, the reason all this flame-war sh*t is posted is revenue. Fancy knows there will be forum posts coming in like nuts, which causes more pages, therfore more ads, and more revenue.
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Male 1,625
Hunterkiller: Its not like they dont have thier reasons. I mean, have you seen jesus camp?
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Male 363
Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever.
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Male 1,357
Great guy
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Male 1,378
Win.
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Male 65
Hey Sock1122:

1. aren`t**
2. That is all.
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Male 196
why do athiests hav e a athiest church
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Male 239
@Kneller

who`s getting offended by this post? Some people are getting tired of the near constant anti-theism of IAB but not this one post.

And no it`s no one`s obligation to respect anything. It just courtesy.
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Female 934
Oh lord, Ricky! See what you`ve caused!
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Male 1,313
It`s not illegal in the us to Discriminate, unless you have a business. I discriminate daily. F#ck all!
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Male 88
so many religion posts around here lately
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Male 274
[quote]Religion is a way for people to except the inevitable. [/quote]

1. accept**
2. I`m pretty sure that they arn`t accepting anything, religion is more about NOT accepting death and instead believing in something that they can in no way know of.

Even if life after death WAS real I`d still rather be focusing on this life than preparing for the next.
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Male 8
Baww.
If you`re *actually* so fragile that you get offended by a logical critique on religion, you might want to, you know, lock yourself away from society. It`s not the internet`s, nor society`s obligation to nurture and respect ideas that are arguable just to protect the idea-holder`s ego.

What I think is really going on here, is that the "offended" are only so because they can`t answer the questions being asked of them, so they play the wounded bird routine as a means of evasion. You go for human sentiment, and in doing so, you change the subject.

All in all, it`s a simple quote from a comedian. Nothing to get ruffled over.
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Male 26
Everyone wants something to believe in. Religion is a way for people to except the inevitable.
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Male 1,222
And id rather have a religion based post than a physics game
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Male 177
Wow... so if you`re not christian, this isn`t the place for you, is that what I`m seeing? It looks to me all of the people who are saying this are, in fact, US citizens. Which, in the US, it is illegal to discriminate based on religion and furthermore people are allowed to believe what they wish to believe.

More to the point, you `tolerant` christians need to pull your head out and realize the whole country is made of multiple people who believe in things you do not. DEAL WITH IT!
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Male 1,222
He has a point, were not gonna prove he doesnt exist, and that the bible makes no sense at all and that religion is mindcontrol, its exhausting cause you are more than us, and religion is set in society, its tiring for us to try and make you see that going to church every sunday to hear a guy that hasnt had sex in years telling you youre bad and youre going to hell doesnt make you a better person
You prove he does exist, you prove hes good for us and that religion is the best thing that happened to human kind
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Male 25,417
religion on IAB, havnt see that before!
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Male 36
God is dead.
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Male 450
It`s amusing how religious people get so offended by their own lack of intellectual relevance.
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Male 214
its really sad that everyone get soo offended by this stuff, seriously just look the other direction if you dont like it.
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Female 448
I-A-B, you are supposed to be funny--not insulting. The majority of your readers AREN`T atheist, mostly because the majority of the world isn`t atheist. Learn your audience.
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Male 233
one of the problems that i have with religion is how much it affects policy making EVERYWHERE
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Male 148
why do people take this poo so seriously, its a joke, by a comedian, looks like people are ready to tar and feather the guy by the looks of the comments LOL
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Male 620
Are you having a laugh?
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Male 363
For f**ks sake, enough with the pro-atheist s**t. It gets so f**king annoying. Wtf is wrong with you lately IAB?
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Female 2,289
When someone posts a very long comment, I just read the last sentence or two of it, which sums up their entire book and it saves me time.

all in all, ricky has a point.
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Male 592
panth753
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
4816 Posts Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:27:15 AM
"""I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
I second that "
Third that!!"
4th that!
______________

then he could say i just chose not to fly.

you still have no valid proof he cannot, just that he did not.
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Female 9,558
"""I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
I second that "
Third that!!"
4th that!
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Male 2,440
Meh
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Male 931
""I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
I second that "
Third that!!
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Female 170
"I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
I second that
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Female 3,574
*sigh*
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Male 670
hey everybody, CRY ABOUT IT!!
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Male 451
I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building.
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Male 456
"It`s incredibly arrogant of anyone to pretend that they know whether there is a god or not. I don`t believe in organized religion, but atheists sure do piss me off."

Which is why i go the agnostic route.
I can`t possibly be an atheist because I simply don`t know. No one. So the whole "I`m an atheist because I know there is no god" is null and void...You don`t know.
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Male 4,680
I`m an atheist but even I`m starting to think that fancylad is being too hard on theists. LOTS of anti-religion posts in the past couple of weeks.
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Female 798
togoth, there are plenty of forums that cover topics of philosophy and religious debates. If you want to get your theological rocks off go there. I come here to let loose, not get stressed out from seeing asinine debates from both sides of the fence.
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Male 4,290
[quote]@almightybob...there are lot of proofs, but very few truths. The logic behind those truths can only go as deep as the imagination takes us and, for those who seek logic over imagination, as far as science can explain.[/quote]
Um... what? I don`t know what you mean. It sounds like waffle.
If you can properly prove something, then it is by definition 100% true. But the only field in which an absolute proof can exist is mathematics.

[quote]To me Christians and Atheists are arguing the same point: believe in what I can`t absolutely prove.[/quote]
No atheist is arguing that point, and if they are they lack basic understanding of logic. My position as an atheist is that the default position is skepticism until the burden of proof is met. No religious claim has met that burden, therefore I do not believe any of them.
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Male 577
It`s incredibely arrogant of anyone to pretend that they know whether there is a god or not. I don`t believe in organized religion, but atheists sure do piss me off.
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Female 93
@kittehdee29, well said!
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Male 795
Jesus Christ he`s right!
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Male 129
@rainbowfarts
shut up man its these religous that i love.
i find incredibly interresting how people decide what they should and should believe in. i have nothing against religon but religouse people confuse the hell out of me.
ps he make good point but i HATE ricky gevais, he insulted my sisters illness....i kind wish he was dead. yes that is a threat.
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Male 774

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Male 17,512
I`d stuff him in a cannon and prove he could fly.

(just kidding)
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Male 88
"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Thats all from the lips of Albert Einstein. If he isn`t sure about it all how can anyone else atheist or non atheist claim to be.

This last one from him pretty much sums up why we`ll never see an end to the debate either:

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I`m not sure about the the universe."
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Male 239
@almightybob...there are lot of proofs, but very few truths. The logic behind those truths can only go as deep as the imagination takes us and, for those who seek logic over imagination, as far as science can explain. As an agnostic, I refuse to accept absolutes on either side of the debate. The reality (as I see it) is we will always live in a world where a mass of people with a narrow point of view or specific opinion will push those beliefs on to others...whether its a religious or political organization. It`s all about strength in numbers. To me Christians and Atheists are arguing the same point: believe in what I can`t absolutely prove.
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Female 803
@Skine, you can look at the trees all you want and think to yourself how lovely they are. But how about you look at the complexities of the human body? Trees are a fairly petty thing in proving God is "real," considering how amazing the human body is.

But how can you not believe in EVOLUTION? Just look at the birds! Or homo sapiens sapiens! God was created by homo sapiens sapiens to explain the things they could not at the time, and now religion is just a crutch.
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Female 798
Seriously wish IAB would stop posting things that are obviously going to cause flame wars (e.g. things concerning religion, abortion, etc.). Give us the funny and interesting! There`s plenty of forums for these kinds of things on other websites.
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Male 2,159
All religious debates are pointless. About half the (hypothetical) room doesn`t believe and won`t budge, about half the room is religious and won`t budge, and the rest either don`t care or just pussy out and probably say something about Hitler. the two big halves will never be able to get someone to change sides, so it`s all just pointless yelling. I don`t believe in a God, because in my mind the idea doesn`t make any sense. But I`m not telling Christians that they`re daft or brainwashed or just want someone to look up to and blame for stuff. Nor am I arrogantly shoving Richard Dawkins books down people`s throats (although I do like him).

Oh yeah, and I agree with what Ricky Gervais said. Let`s not forget why we`re here...
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Male 7,378
Logic doesn`t work on believers. Right CJ?
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Male 352
Hardcore atheists piss me off. Ricky Gervals is right, though, that the burden of "proof" lies on the firm believer. But that could go either way, both for hardcore zealots and hardcore atheists.

If you are absolutely certain that religions are wrong, where is your proof that God does not exist? Likewise, if you are absolutely certain that God exists, where is your proof that he does? The correct answer to this situation is to admit you`re not absolutely certain about anything, then get on with your life.
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Male 516
I think a common problem in this argument is that people don`t think either side should give a damn about who believes in what.

I say bullsh*t. How can one live in a world of conflicting beliefs unaffected by said conflicting beliefs? It`s impossible.

There is ALWAYS collateral damage. Even something as small as preferring chopsticks to forks. If a restaurant gets a considerable demand for chopsticks, then they begin to offer chopsticks as well as forks. This introduction of an additional utensil to their necessary purchases could result in a slight raise in prices, or something of the sort. This inadvertently affects the people who were completely content using forks, and thus could anger them.

Collateral damage.

We can`t say `Merry Christmas!` in public schools anymore because of this.

There`s argument about altering the pledge of allegiance to strike `Under God` from it because of this.

And the list goes on.
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Male 4,290
[quote]Atheists; if you`re right, why do you care if someone believes in an imaginary creature? It doesn`t change your lifestyle. And when it does, their beliefs don`t matter; anyone, no matter the beliefs, can affect your lifestyle negatively. [/quote]
I care because people`s beliefs influence their actions. And so I want to believe as many true things as possible and believe as few untrue things as I can. And I want other people to achieve the same.
And yes, other people`s religious beliefs can and do affect the lives of people who don`t follow that faith. The most obvious recent example being Proposition 8 (with the rather unorthodox - no pun intended - exception of the Jewish community who voted overwhelmingly against it, despite the OT condemnation of same-sex marriage being very clear).
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Male 719
How can you not believe in God. Just look at the trees!

Oh, and a clumsy attempt at Pascal`s wager!
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Male 25
Keep in mind he`s not saying the religion is wrong in this statement; he`s simply annoyed by the "burden of proof".
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Male 976
Everyone stop arguing - Ricky Gervais is 100% right. End of story.
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Male 69
Ricky Gervais hit the nail on the head. People that believe in god are delusional and need to seek help. It is 2010, time to put down the fairy tale book and take a look at the world around you.
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Male 228
I truly don`t care what anyone believes. That arrogance is usually the only thing that gets me to respond to these sorts of debates.

I`m friends with quite a few Christians. We know were the other stands and we don`t waste time debating, we just enjoy each others company.
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Male 509
"would you respect my faith if I told you I believed in leprechauns? Or would you ask me why and try to reason with me?"

OK, yeah I probably would try and reason with you and ask why, but if we couldn`t agree then I`d respect that you had different beliefs and agree to disagree. Like I say, I wouldn`t force my beliefs onto you to the point you found it uncomfortable talking to me. I`m fairly stubborn, but I know when there`s someone more stubborn that I am and I`d agree to disagree. (I actually know someone who`d interpret my giving up as her winning (in any argument), because she`s too stubborn to accept anything less than a win...)
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Male 25
I don`t like how arrogant Atheists are. They seem to think they`re right because there is no proof.
I don`t like how arrogant religious people are. They seem to think they`re right because they have faith.

I`ve experienced several religions over the years, as well as different sects in those faiths, and there is one thing everyone - religious or atheist - has in common; they all think they`re right, and the find the need to try and prove to others why they are wrong.

Atheists; if you`re right, why do you care if someone believes in an imaginary creature? It doesn`t change your lifestyle. And when it does, their beliefs don`t matter; anyone, no matter the beliefs, can affect your lifestyle negatively.

Religious people; if you`re right, let the sinners burn. If God cares, he`ll take care of them.
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Male 228
@Jamie76
This same transcendental state can be reached through simple meditation.

Also, you won`t generally hear from most atheists. We simply don`t care what you believe in the privacy of your own home. The atheists who do speak out are the ones who`ve simply grown tried of the constant preaching.
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Male 25
Just wanted to drop a note in this discussion... I am not sure what I consider myself, seeing as I`m torn between Atheism and Nihilism. And 80% of religious people out there are already beginning to disregard what I`m about to say.

I just wanted to address jamie76`s point, where he seems to be disregarding (completely) any sort of experience that Atheists can adhere to.

I was born and raised Christian, from birth until my late teens. I went to church, I prayed before every meal and before I slept. Christian schools all the way through grade school and high school. I have envisioned something greater than myself. I put all my faith into that blind hope that there was a divine being out there watching over me. As a child I believed it, and I followed all His rules. I had that link.

I know what being a believer is, jamie76, and I was one through and through. And yet, I no longer do. If God is real, he is not the God that you preach about, nor the God that the
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Male 4,290
shneeblefish: would you respect my faith if I told you I believed in leprechauns? Or would you ask me why and try to reason with me?

Respect is something that should be earned, particularly when it comes to thoughts and ideas.
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Male 509
"if you KNEW 100% that there never was, nor will there be an afterlife, wouldn`t you want to do and see more in THIS life?"

If you believe that there is an afterlife and only believers get to see it, wouldn`t you try to persuade others of your point of view? This is what Christians refer to as "saving" someone, because if they don`t believe they don`t get to go.
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Male 4,290
jamie76 - I like how you say "people of all faiths have been scientifically shown to experience a feeling when they believe", as if that feeling is somehow persuasive that they are actually experiencing divine intervention. That would either mean
1) EVERY religion is true since people of all faiths feel it (obviously impossible, since many religions directly contradict one another), or
2) None are true, and a feeling of wonder is just part of the human condition.

Plenty of drugs cause similar feelings and emotional states, which will also show up on CAT scans. Having a feeling of something in no way demonstrates that any particular thing caused that feeling.
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Male 2,551
I`ve never really liked Gervais - I think he got a little too much fame a little too fast, and assumes he`s the king of comedy. I saw the Gervais radio show once, and almost any time anyone got anything wrong, he would make them seem like a retard.
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Male 509
Proof denies the whole concept of faith.

Religious people (note I`m using the general term) needn`t prove nor have their views disproved. If someone told me their beliefs and they were different to mine, I wouldn`t try and prove mine right or theirs wrong; I`d respect their beliefs and accept that we had different ones. I might try and persuade them my way but I wouldn`t force it on them if it didn`t work - whether you believe it`s God-given or not, humans have free will and we should always respect that.
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Male 606
jamie76:

Yeah, that trancendental state you`re talking about? Look at the root word. "TRANCE". What you`re saying only indicates that certain individuals` brains are hardwired for religious thought.

I can`t speak for all atheists, but we don`t believe there`s anything beyond us because there`s been no scientific evidence showing so. Besides, if you KNEW 100% that there never was, nor will there be an afterlife, wouldn`t you want to do and see more in THIS life?
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Male 15,510
Who the heck is this person?
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Male 782
What
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Male 2,345
I have my own spiritual beliefs and honestly, the last time I felt I needed to prove my beliefs are based on something real was...NEVER.

Atheism is a religion, not a label anymore. they preach constantly, they recurit, they have their own church centers and they even have a most hated rival religon...

yep sounds like religon to me!
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Male 196
Congratulations atheists! We`re all so proud of you! Now, if there`s no point to anything and it`s all just a big cosmic accident, kindly shut up and stop bothering the rest of us.
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Male 2,345
Atheist are missing something in this debate and it makes sense that they are. These are people that cannot envision the possibility that something greater than themselves exist and therefore they cannot feel the link or bond to a devine being as believers feel they do.

being a believer does not mean "thinking" God or whatever devine being you believe in is real. Beliving means FEELING, actually feeling, that something is there and it is real and is apart of you.

some groups call this a transcendental state, which SCIENCE has proven is real as it can be observed on CAT scans. Science has studied people from major religions all over the world and found brain imaging of them to show the same thing occurring in them all brain wise. This doesn`t prove God exist, but it does prove something is happening to make believers feel like there is something there, something Athieist CANNOT experience because they has no ability to think beyond themselves.

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Male 4,593
Yup.
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Female 614
love it.
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Male 749
Good point. Ricky Gervais is funny and clever.:D
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Male 6,694
I dont get it. Maby I need more coffee.
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Male 20,827
Link: Ricky Gervais On His Religious Beliefs [Pic] [Rate Link] - We should all walk around and try out his flying theory and see what people say. He makes a good point.
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