Mate - With NO religious beliefs whatsoever I found it hard to be objective about the film. It's worth a look though IMO.Originally Posted by Counter Jab
His Jewish background is actually one of the films more amusing points.
His father was catholic and he was raised catholic - Went to Church on Sunday's etc but never worked out why his mother never came to church til later - She was jewish.
RE: Islam - No, Islam gets as panned as the rest of the religions, lets not start a religious war over who's been persecuted more (JOKE!, a poor one but hey, its fitting)
The film indeed suddenly goes into his anti-religion sermon, that's a deliberate oxymoronic use of the word there because that's how abrupt and rapidly the delivery becomes a sermon.
He is very quick to emphasise the absurd or out of date views or generally easy prey and his conclusions and the intended impact of his sermon is really lost in that he doesn't actually acknowledge what to me are the many obvious BENEFITS of religion.
There's obviously one or two people in the world who benefit from their faith in tangible ways that make tougher times easier to bear both mentally/ spiritually and in tangible terms of assisting people in times of need and giving a sense of community and the myriads of other benefits that religion actually enriches the lives of people.
That includes all the Abrahamic religions, dharmic religions and everything in between.
That said - there's some good laughs at the expense of the Chucrch of Pot worshipers (I notice he picked on a Dutch stoner and didn't try and front that in Jamacia with the Rasta's - He'd be in a hole by now) and I found interesting the montage comparing the bible to a number of older religious texts in terms of similiarity of origin story.
More stuff to read.
I'm getting into Zoroastrian culture at the moment. Fascinating.