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  • The Wonderful Truth
    The Wonderful Truth  3 ай бұрын +37

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    • Arpit Srivastava
      Arpit Srivastava 2 ай бұрын +3

      why aren't you?
      Have you become religious? lmao

  • Karla Norvell
    Karla Norvell  Жыл бұрын +1782

    I am a middle-aged, American and in the last year finally started saying I was an atheist openly. It is ridiculous in this day-and-age that society makes me afraid to say it out loud. Why do people think atheism is evil and immoral? You can be a caring, empathetic, moral person without a god or a 'good' book telling you to be.

    • Jack bassman
      Jack bassman 6 ай бұрын

      @John Doney Maybe???!? Lol Pathetic excuse.

    • Jack bassman
      Jack bassman 6 ай бұрын

      @Gary S Show me some credible evidence for a god……….. tick tock……

  • Mischa Rowe
    Mischa Rowe  Жыл бұрын +2842

    "If people didn't invent gods I wouldn't have to deny them."

    • Gary S
      Gary S 2 ай бұрын

      @david camille
      I don’t lie son. Yet again I prove you wrong - time to walk away and go study rather than your lying
      Genesis 1:29-30
      All animals ate herbs
      29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so

    • Gary S
      Gary S 2 ай бұрын

      @david camille 😷

    • Gary S
      Gary S 2 ай бұрын

      @david camille
      Please prove I am lying...READ THE BIBLE
      Adam Named all the animals, they were NOT meat eaters - do you not know WHY the flood happened and why the world is as it is ?
      It was created perfectly...man thought he knew better than God...just like you do, and they did as they pleased...that's why the flood happened and the animals changed...you're out of your depth...

  • Elizabeth Mcloughlin
    Elizabeth Mcloughlin  Жыл бұрын +290

    Two quotes from the great Mark Twain. "Religion was invented when the first con-man met the first fool. Also - "If there was no such thing as religion, good people would still do good things & bad people would still do bad things; but it takes religion to make good people do bad things". A man before his time!!

    • Kevin Sosa
      Kevin Sosa Ай бұрын +5

      The second quote was from Steven Weinberg.

    • time traveler
      time traveler 2 ай бұрын +2

      @Cough It Up yes, but sometimes good people will do bad things, most things are morally grey.

    • Cough It Up
      Cough It Up 2 ай бұрын +1

      If you're a so-called good person doing bad things, are you even a good person?

    • bdflatlander
      bdflatlander 3 ай бұрын +7

      Mark Twain was a very wise and learned man. People would do well to follow his example.

  • GiveMeMusicOrGiveMeDeath
    GiveMeMusicOrGiveMeDeath 11 ай бұрын +258

    I love how open he is about his atheism. I live in the Bible Belt of the US, and my grandparents won’t see me anymore because I’m an atheist. I’ve lost so many friends and so many family members. It gives me hope to see someone be so open about it and validate my own ideas about religion.

    • Mahsa Sharifi
      Mahsa Sharifi Күн бұрын

      Let’s be friends then 🙂

    • Kavin The curious
      Kavin The curious 19 күн бұрын +1

      Being an atheist shows how much u care for your curiosity that should never be quenched. Most atheists think similarly brother and they are mostly forgiving and ready to change the opinion if there is perfect evidence and mostly with humanitarian viewpoints. Be proud of it.

    • david camille
      david camille 2 ай бұрын

      And you brag to believe in nonsense , gods from the books are not real

    • chris sonofpear1
      chris sonofpear1 2 ай бұрын

      @Saint Michael Last I checked, the savior and jeopardizer could not both be the same person.
      And which Christology, and soteriology, is the right one?
      Meantime, it may actually be fairly easy, to overlook someone, who chose to be invisible?
      As only He did - not Eve, Adam, or the Serpent, ever demanding it be so?

    • Saint Michael
      Saint Michael 2 ай бұрын

      @chris sonofpear1 your overlooking God oh educated one repent and obey

  • Nicole NOTIZIE e AMICI
    Nicole NOTIZIE e AMICI  Жыл бұрын +637

    The way he explains spirituality VS. Religion is so spot on. This guy has a great brain and ethics.

    • Jerry Fleck
      Jerry Fleck Ай бұрын

      no no he aint spot on

    • S
      S Ай бұрын +1

      ​@Marcin KiersnowskiSpirituality isn't a religion. That's the point.

    • S
      S Ай бұрын

      ​@LifeofDanbecause faith does not involve believing in one deity, an organized religion, an order of what to believe.
      Spirituality is more abstract and less constrained and organized. It is a feeling of peace and harmony with the world...the universe. Believing in the connection of people in a way the involves an energy that connects us all.
      It is about a feeling, not a concrete belief, a specific God (or Gods), or an organized way of practicing/following that belief.
      This does not mean we do not respect others view, practice of this. It simply is not for us.

    • LifeofDan
      LifeofDan 2 ай бұрын

      @Marcin Kiersnowski exactly, how can he say he believes in spirituality and that it’s personal but not see that faith is the same thing.

    • Marcin Kiersnowski
      Marcin Kiersnowski 2 ай бұрын +2

      Spiritually is nonsensical and no one even know what that means. Spirituality is a bogus as religion.

  • Lee Hamilton
    Lee Hamilton  Жыл бұрын +645

    My sister once told me that she prefers to follow a religion because it makes her a better person.....and this made me sad for her. The fact that she didn't trust herself to be a good person unless she had a group of people and an imaginary parent-figure to have oversight of her every action.

    • Anonymous Man
      Anonymous Man 5 күн бұрын

      @musicwelikemang Quite the thing Hitchens said in a similar context.

    • J W Sanders
      J W Sanders 2 ай бұрын

      @Damian Edwards God is the One who created you , the One to whom you are accountable . He gave you life , his name is Jesus

    • Kyle
      Kyle 2 ай бұрын

      @Damian Edwards never seen anything scream indoctrination louder than that reply 😂🤡 holy shit😂 I was pointing out one of the many many logical fallacies in your comment

    • Damian Edwards
      Damian Edwards 2 ай бұрын

      @Kyle Right. Everyone Believes Love Exists ... including You
      Love is the most important thing in your life...And it's Invisible.
      Your Ego will try to ignore it But Emotion is the very reason you JUST REPLIED
      Without it... you'd literally be a Robot 🤖.
      You can't Touch it, Taste it, or Smell it..But you know it's real.
      Thats... kind of a Big Deal. Haha
      I repeat...
      Love is inescapable. That's the reason Atheists say a higher power is useless and pointless...but Atheists CONSTANTLY talk about it.
      That's AWESOME.

  • Grace Anne
    Grace Anne  Жыл бұрын +231

    I have openly been an atheist for 30 years. I was raised as a strict catholic which never ever resonated with me. I went through the motions until I was old enough to speak my truth. One of my friends asked me 20+ years ago how I was going to give my kids morals without God. It was such a weird perspective for me. I told her putting the fear of a god in peoples minds does not teach them morality or decency. It teaches them fear. I raised my kids to respect all living creatures including themselves and the planet. I told them you treat others the way you want to be treated. Not to take what is not yours because it is mean, selfish and unbecoming. They are 29, 27, 25 and 23 now. None of them have ever been in trouble. They are successful well educated good and decent people.

    • ScholaroftheWorld — Alternate History
      ScholaroftheWorld — Alternate History 2 ай бұрын

      ​@Famille Boudreau That's great but I was just speaking on average as studies find people who are religious tend to be happier than those who are not. And as they say there's no atheists in foxholes. See if you views change closer to end of life.

    • Famille Boudreau
      Famille Boudreau 2 ай бұрын

      @ScholaroftheWorld - Alternate History You don't need to believe in a made up god in order to be happy. I'm an atheist and I am very happy. I live a happy life. I get along with all of my relatives, I have friends, have great work colleagues, we go on family trips, spouse and I go on cruises, we have good jobs, we own our home, we're healthy, and on and on...Only reason I set foot in churches, for many years, was to go to funerals.

    • marija kratky
      marija kratky 3 ай бұрын

      Amen to that 🙏🏼

    • Mojova1
      Mojova1 4 ай бұрын +2

      I am Finnish and this makes me feel disgusted. No one cares what you believe here. There is love and caring and like 40% of people here are atheists. Also the happiest country in the world for many years.

    • What's up?
      What's up? 5 ай бұрын +4

      @AE Anderson "All the things you taught your kids is straight out of the Bible! LOL!"
      Oh my, aren't you clever! Tell me, is the human race older than the bible? Don't you think morals, empathy, and caring for others has been practiced far longer than the bible exists? Of course the authors of the bible compiled all the experiences into the bible, because they knew how important morals were. But humanity has been around a long time BEFORE Christianity, and it seems they had morals despite not having a bible. How can anyone be so arrogant as to believe nothing existed before the bible.

  • Ryan Malone
    Ryan Malone  Жыл бұрын +606

    It’s so sad to see such rational and logical discussion to be so rare

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 3 ай бұрын

      @chris sonofpear1 Arianism and Palagism were heresies, not official churches or denominations.
      If that is your best attempt then finally it has been proven that *ALL* Christians are united.
      End of discussion. Good luck.

    • chris sonofpear1
      chris sonofpear1 3 ай бұрын

      @Word Forever Are we basing this on recent history, or the entire aggregate of the last 1600 years, however?
      And have you heard of Arianism? Pelagism, and a few other outliers - or the monophysite vs diphysite debate?
      Plus, not all agree on the Ransom aspect of the Christology.
      Meantime, Christendom could not even halt feudal and sectarian wars, uniformly - at least, not as a seeming major priority? And at times, not even within same country.

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 3 ай бұрын

      @chris sonofpear1 As I keep on explaining to you.... Christians of all denominations are *VERY MUCH* united.
      What you are saying demonstrates an *EXTREME* lack of knowledge on the subject.
      *ALL* Christians trust in Jesus Christ as God incarnate who died for the sins of mankind and was resurrected.
      Please name one official christian denomination that does *NOT* believe this.
      I am not going to discuss anything else with you until you answer this question, so best just do it now.

    • chris sonofpear1
      chris sonofpear1 3 ай бұрын

      @Word Forever I know you are not united - and that is enough.
      I know you couldn't end slavery, or the god involved couldn't, in a timely fashion.
      Very few will tell me why. Probably just blame 'human nature' again.
      Well that's a known variable. It didn't stop all that micromanaging in Numbers, Deuteronomy, 1 and 2 Samuel, Judges and so on forth - did it?
      Even Jehu got used, for a specific (if fairly ghastly) goal.
      Now, tell me how YOU see the fate of Achan's grandchildren... and I will BEGIN to understand a fraction, of what you truly, value.

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 3 ай бұрын

      @chris sonofpear1 Chris, it is the *CENTRAL* message of Christianity - *THAT* is what Christianity is. And *ALL* Christians agree on it. It seems that you know nothing of any value about the Christian faith.

  • Thenandnow
    Thenandnow 11 ай бұрын +88

    'I didn't choose to live but I love it'
    What a great line.

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 9 ай бұрын

      It is a great line and every Christian agrees with it. Not sure what the point is.

  • Thomas H
    Thomas H  Жыл бұрын +592

    It's crazy to see how Americans react when a celebrity says "I don't believe in God".
    Here in Germany if some celebrity says the same, it would have the same impact as the sentence "I bought an apple"

    • Low Eel
      Low Eel Күн бұрын

      @Hijodelaisla I'm not your psychiatrist, you don't' need to tell me everything you dream.

    • Hijodelaisla
      Hijodelaisla Күн бұрын

      @Low Eel And don't get me started on the Japanese.

    • Low Eel
      Low Eel 3 күн бұрын

      @Hijodelaisla anglosaxons must be careful to feel superior to germans, there are memories waiting for them too.

    • Hijodelaisla
      Hijodelaisla 3 күн бұрын

      Germans ought to be really careful about patting themselves on the back about anything. Our memories aren't that short.

    • david camille
      david camille 2 ай бұрын

      Gods are not real, grow up

  • Michael Saunders
    Michael Saunders  Жыл бұрын +248

    From one atheist to another ,thank you

  • Valerie S
    Valerie S 5 ай бұрын +18

    He's not only funny but so intelligent, thoughtful and kind.

  • Ulviye Demircl
    Ulviye Demircl 10 ай бұрын +317

    I'm Turkish -a mostly muslim country - and even as a child I found it hard to believe in god. After I studied many scientific subjects it was crystal clear to me. But even today I cannot say it openly everywhere except in my intellectual circle. It's a shame. This is 21st century and the science has gotten so far and we're still discussing this lie placed in the societies so long ago. The biggest lie of all. Congrats to the geniuses who invented it 😁 I think even they didn't believe that this lie will linger until today.

    • Bruuh
      Bruuh Ай бұрын

      @Alessio Andreoli Then please tell me a single wrong "Guess" . A single man brought the quran. One that was illiterate

    • Alessio Andreoli
      Alessio Andreoli Ай бұрын

      @Bruuh , there is a big difference between a prediction and a guess. The quran writers, people, made an educated guess.

    • Bruuh
      Bruuh Ай бұрын

      @Alessio Andreoli The quran has much more proof than this but of course, due to me being a bad Muslim I forgot the rest for now

    • Bruuh
      Bruuh Ай бұрын +1

      @Alessio Andreoli The quran also predicted that the pharaoh ramses 2's body was perfectly preserved in the ocean much time before its discovery. And remember that the man who the quran was sent to by Allah could not even read

    • Bruuh
      Bruuh Ай бұрын

      @Alessio Andreoli Now the thing is, the quran tells the exact temperature of the sun in kelvin. If that's a coincidence, then let me tell you that the quran also tells the exact amount of joints in the human body when information about anatomy was not advanced at all

  • Ray Kearney
    Ray Kearney  Жыл бұрын +378

    The most despicable trait of all religions is to cherry-pick the bits that suit at that time and ignore the rest. When someone survives an horrific accident some religious person will say God was looking after you. Strange how they never acknowledge the same God must have allowed the accident to happen in the first place!

    • El Lobo
      El Lobo 3 ай бұрын

      When a human makes/allows something good to happen, we thank them.
      When a human makes/allows something bad to happen, we say “Fuck you”
      Yet all the zealots of all religions only thank their god for perceived “blessings” and never say “Fuck you god” when all the terrible things happen every day.
      The same deference that is given to all the despots in the world.

    • Rensza Trapp
      Rensza Trapp 3 ай бұрын +2

      Believers have an answer for everything, from "Satan does all the bad stuff" (which contradicts big G is boss of all ) to " because we were given free choice " ( which doesn't explain natural disaster, disease or horrible accidents) and finally "He moves in mysterious ways" ( the ultimate get-out clause)

    • FireMageBraixen
      FireMageBraixen 5 ай бұрын

      @Mason Rush more power to ya. If you feel that you had a genuine divine experience, then you have tgat right to believe that. Just know that personal experiences, while very powerful and compelling, will usually have little effect when trying to convince others.

    • Wide Awake realist
      Wide Awake realist 7 ай бұрын +6

      Yeah, and they never have an answer as to why their benign father allows so much suffering done to children and animals which apparently are all his creations too. They always claim “ free choice” neither of those has any. If anything, hod is a narcissist… demanding you only love him ( or there will be dire consequences) anything bad happens in your life, you’re blessed with his love at least, isolate yourself from those who don’t adore him coz they’re bad people and put his approval above everyone and everything..and for that approval you must pray and beg for daily. Those are some serious dependency issues. Lol

  • Jedi Knight_47
    Jedi Knight_47 11 ай бұрын +30

    Ricky is awesome cos he's down to earth, funny and relatable. I'm an atheist too and he just speaks the truth all the time which is just nice and refreshing to hear

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 9 ай бұрын +1

      He speaks his opinion, it is not certainly the truth. For example he would have a hard time explaining why there is something rather than nothing. And how a universe where every piece of matter has a cause for its existence does not itself require a cause.
      To say that the universe appeared out of nothing is what the 6-days creationists say about the earth. And I am sure he is first in line to ridicule them!

  • Zach Osborne
    Zach Osborne 2 ай бұрын +10

    This man is a gem upon society

  • Enigmatic
    Enigmatic  Жыл бұрын +152

    And this is why Ricky Gervais is a legend.

    • LifeofDan
      LifeofDan 3 ай бұрын

      Lol, almost like you’re worshipping him……. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Leace Bee
      Leace Bee 11 ай бұрын

      ..This, and a few other reasons - absolutely legend 💛

    • riogrande5761
      riogrande5761 11 ай бұрын +1

      @hohoho hehehe One mans treasure is another mans rubbish!

    • hohoho hehehe
      hohoho hehehe 11 ай бұрын

      @riogrande5761 that point you made is rubbish. Does that mean that I cannot trust Stephen Hawkins life work because he stood on the shoulders of giants? Or I cannot trust the opinions of any recent poet, or philosopher, scientist, doctor...etc?

    • riogrande5761
      riogrande5761 11 ай бұрын

      There have been people like Gervais since the beginning of time. Nothing legendary about except maybe for his fans. I guess he and his followers are feeling lucky as Clint Eastwood would say.

  • Lisa Brunton
    Lisa Brunton 6 ай бұрын +13

    Genius! Elegant, simple reasoning spattered with humour. I LOVE YOU RICKY GERVAIS!

  • Kim Marie Faber
    Kim Marie Faber  Жыл бұрын +755

    “Dying is the end of something glorious”. I agree! Live your life consciously!

    • Anonymous Man
      Anonymous Man 5 күн бұрын

      @Mischa Rowe I'm trying to leave that hell for good.

    • J W Sanders
      J W Sanders 3 ай бұрын

      @chris sonofpear1 you have already made up your mind to reject Jesus offer of forgiveness just like your hero Satan. If you ask Jesus he will forgive you

    • chris sonofpear1
      chris sonofpear1 3 ай бұрын

      @J W Sanders If he's not going to change, and is condemned, then what more is there to know, or learn, about him? And why does his view on Job, or any other human in existence, matter at all?
      He always knew this god existed - most of us, initially, do not.
      And do other angels get a chance, to repent? I find it hard to believe they had the total awareness of God, or heaven, at first - otherwise, they'd never have rebelled, needlessly, at all.

    • J W Sanders
      J W Sanders 3 ай бұрын

      @chris sonofpear1 he is not in danger , he is already condemned and awaiting his destiny. You don’t have meet the same fate as the devil , but it’s up to you to change , Jesus doesn’t

    • chris sonofpear1
      chris sonofpear1 3 ай бұрын

      @J W Sanders Define 'free'. Also, am I to hate 'mother, father' and my own life, plus even children, at times, per Matthew 10:37?
      And I thought much of this was predestinated, anyway?
      Now, why was Satan not in immediate danger of destruction, or losing all his powers?

  • Jasmine Carter
    Jasmine Carter 5 ай бұрын +13

    I’m the first openly atheist in my family and I’ve started openly saying it if it comes in conversation with other people and the looks I get are ridiculous. I’ve been looked at like I said I was gonna eat someone’s baby in front of them! My mom says she’s supportive but then she’ll say “ you’ll believe in him in time.” I love my mom to bite she’s amazing but tf does that mean? No thank you. I just wanna be able to have a conversation about it with someone without feeling like I’m trying to be converted.

    • Repelsteeltje
      Repelsteeltje 5 ай бұрын +3

      Times will change. I'm in west European where it's already evolved to the opposite.
      Here it's pretty strange if you're a believer. Over 70 % non believer's here

  • Mark C
    Mark C 11 ай бұрын +47

    I have been an atheist my entire life (57 years old now), even when my RC mother made me go to catechism classes when I was 12. Even at that young age I just thought it was all a bunch of bollocks. Thanks Ricky!

    • Bonjour_1
      Bonjour_1 2 күн бұрын

      ​@Önder Çerik the reason people believe it is because there is no proof of a creator
      Same reason people believe there is one no one can explain it either
      Too many people aren't willing to admit they know nothing about it there's no more evidence to proving god than there is to disproving it

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 9 ай бұрын

      There have been many people who thought it was a bunch of bollocks right up until the second they came to realise it is true. It is a scary moment. I went through it myself. But it is worth it in the end and so I pray you will experience it for yourself.

    • SSjg Trillz
      SSjg Trillz 9 ай бұрын +1

      @Önder Çerik 🤔🤯😔👋🏼

    • Önder Çerik
      Önder Çerik 9 ай бұрын

      @SSjg Trillz God dont be created.Nobody explain this subject with today science.I am calling first point God you are saying luck.If our science goes beyond we will explain it.

  • Eugenefindit
    Eugenefindit 3 ай бұрын +8

    In my case, it was kinda weird. My family was never into Christianity. So when my mum took up Christianity and kinda dragged me into it, I thought 'Well, what's the harm really? " And it's ironic that the more I was surrounded by the religion, the less faithful I actually got. Now after about 2 years of that process, the religion has done nothing for me. All the people in the church are so high in belief that I feel so out of place every time we meet up. It is safe to say that I'm pretty much an Atheist at this point. 😁

  • Fred Dijkstra
    Fred Dijkstra  Жыл бұрын +757

    "If people didn't invent gods then we didn't have to deny them"
    That should be the tagline for every atheist group or starting phrase of every discussion on religion...

    • Damian Edwards
      Damian Edwards 2 ай бұрын

      Right. God is simply the Existence of Love.
      Everybody Believes Love Exists.
      Atheists unnecessarily overcomplicate it.
      It’s Unfortunate

    • Monocair
      Monocair 8 ай бұрын

      experiment to see if God truly exist or not, get a physical copy of the Quran and Bible then do a test or experiment to them
      Since theists claim that God existed then that God should be able to communicate with us through ‘His Words’, so here is the steps:
      -get a physical copy of the Quran and Bible
      -sincerely ask God to answer your question
      -you ask your 1st question
      -then you randomly open the pages
      -you read the verse:
      Result A: if the verse are IRRELEVANT to your question then that book are NOT the ‘Word of God’ and probably man-made
      Result B: if the verse are RELEVANT to your question then that book COULD be the ‘Word of God’,
      to confirm whether it is just a coincidence or not, you should start asking your 2nd question and repeat the steps to see whether the next verse are relevant to your 2nd question or not
      this test can determine whether theists claim that God can communicate with us by ‘His Words’ is true or not
      after you had personally test out both the Quran and Bible then you can decide whether God truly exist or not
      from my personal experience the only book that gave relevant verse for my questions every single time is the Quran, its as though God are speaking to me..
      but you don’t have to believe my story, you can personally test it yourself to verify it
      i personally think that ‘blind faith’ is stupid so please don’t believe whether God existed or not before you truly got a solid evidences from those tests
      just do it yourself so that you will personally know it for sure whether its legit or not..
      Any RESULTS from HEARING STORIES or watching VIDEOS from other people might NOT BE TRUE AND NOT GENUINE since maybe those people are using fakes or had edit the video or lying about the stories
      So DON’T BELIEVE the results in video or comments be it from muslim or christian or atheist or anyone until you PERSONALLY test it yourself
      so its much better and convincing for you to personally test it yourself to know it for sure whether its legit or not
      if all those holy books failed that test then you can just continue being an atheist anyway so you don’t have to worry..
      i sincerely hope it help you 😊
      i am not forcing anyone to test it so don’t worry 😊
      but if you’re interested and yet don’t know where to get the Quran you can usually get a physical copy of Quran from masjid/mosque or islamic center, either in original arabic, or in english translation..
      maybe you can ask people whether there are masjid/mosque or islamic center around your local neighbourhood.. good day 😊

    • Johnny Ray Baca
      Johnny Ray Baca 9 ай бұрын

      simple.......Jesus - Repent, or Hell... see simple simple...simple

    • George Simmons
      George Simmons  Жыл бұрын

      Can I use the same sentence for genders then

  • janet
    janet  Жыл бұрын +81

    I love that he made the distinction between religion and spirituality. Believing in something that gives you hope, is very different from an institution that forces fear down your throat and then compells you to do the same to everyone else. I don't care what you believe in, but the world wasn't created in seven days, and lgbtq+ people aren't demons😂

    • janet
      janet 7 ай бұрын

      Otheldr I was just using that as an example geez....

  • TokuComics
    TokuComics 9 ай бұрын +14

    "If people didn't invent gods, i wouldn't have to deny them"
    i love that quote, it's filled with snark and truth

  • Re Baz
    Re Baz  Жыл бұрын +780

    I have never seen an atheist killing in the name of athiesm, but there has been a lot of bloodshed in the name of God

    • Rama Lama
      Rama Lama 3 күн бұрын

      You must not study history……so sad!

  • Myriam Guns
    Myriam Guns 8 ай бұрын +14

    I agree wholeheartedly with what R. Gervais says.
    When I first went to the US, I was shocked to discover that the large majority of Americans claimed to believe in God and even more how disturbing they found it that I didn't..
    I had always thought of the States as liberal and favoring freedom of every kind.
    I was wrong.
    Was raised a Catholic myself, but had outgrown it by my late teens. Nobody ever made a fuss about it. Neither my family, nor the larger society.
    Went to Catholic schools throughout, including uni. It came naturally to my parents to send me there.
    Also they were in the majority and known to offer high quality education.

  • Tala
    Tala 8 ай бұрын +9

    During my communion in church at 8 I said that even if I didn't believe in god that church looked cool (I was genuinely naive) and everyone went silent. Got so targeted by teachers and parents after that, that most kids stopped talking to me (probably also their parents told them too) and my family got "accused" on being a "witch family", the priest of the church nearby even wanted to check the house. I'm really happy to know that at 8 I already was skeptical of religion, I'm proud of it. And I was even happier when the priest of that church got caught for molesting kids and teenagers

  • David Ashton
    David Ashton 10 ай бұрын +28

    I was once married to a woman whose sister and her husband were (and I expect still are) fanatical Christian's. It was my delight to constantly give them a ribbing about their beliefs whenever I met them.
    (They were also amongst the meanest people I've ever met).
    On one occasion her husband said to me, "It wouldn't do you any harm."
    to which I replied, "It wouldn't do me any good either."
    Not another word was said.

    • David Ashton
      David Ashton 3 ай бұрын +3

      @Joost C I wouldn't be harmed by pretending to be religious or not.
      I honestly couldn't give a flying turd.
      But then, I don't live in the states where you live in fear of your life for being 'alternative'.
      I expect RG has a very high level of security to enable him to be out spoken about religion the way he is.
      I live in the UK and nobody goes around armed to the teeth, not even the police!

    • Joost C
      Joost C 3 ай бұрын

      Well, it does harm you, right?? If you'd fake it, you'd have to live with not being honest and open about who you are and what you think, and you'd have to play along with all the bullshit. And if in some way you could really decide to be a believer, it would cost you an awful lot more, trading logic and reason for fear and shame etc. So that's a bad deal and a much worse one to pick from 😁

  • BleachNBones
    BleachNBones 11 ай бұрын +28

    As an atheist I'll never judge people for believing in a God, the way I see it it's a sort of coping mechanism, an imaginary friend that is acceptable for adults to have. Because if you think about it, it's way easier to navigate life if you are firmly convinced that you have an all-powerful protector looking out for you, or even that anything you do has already been decided by the guy. And let's not forget that any tragedies/losses you experience are not permanent as you will be reunited in the afterlife. Believing in this kind of things must be really calming as it relieves you of a whole lotta responsibility and fear. So no judgement there.
    Where I do have a problem, remaining on the topic of believing and without diving in the deep dark waters of organized religions, is with people who feel the need to tell you that since you don't believe you can not be a good person. To me it sounds so absurd, mainly because I could easily flip the statement around and tell them that they cannot be a genuinely good person since any good they do in the world will be done with the egotistical intent of pleasing their God and gaining access or a better spot in whatever afterlife they believe in. On the opposite, any good I do, I will do with the goal of making the world a little better or more liveable, especially because I believe that it's up to us since no one will be falling from the sky to save our asses anytime soon. So yeah, if you want to believe there's nothing wrong with that but don't come to me feeling all superior trying to tell me how to live my life, thanks

  • Janet
    Janet  Жыл бұрын +74

    I used to like this guy because his hilariously funny but since l know his an atheist l have total respect and love him for his total honesty.

    • Joost C
      Joost C 3 ай бұрын

      ​@Nagendra Raman Don't fall for the argument that "Atheism is also a religion because atheists believe there is no god". That's not the same as "Atheists don't believe there is a god." Compare these: "I believe that peanuts can't talk" "Why?" "well, they have no vocal chords>" "Have you checked all the peanuts for having no vocal chors?" "No." "Well then you can't be sure." versus "I don't believe that peanuts can talk." "Why not?" "Well, why would I?" Atheism is not a belief, it's the lack thereof. Hence no burden of proof. "You can't prove there is no God." "That's correct, and the same goes for pretty much everything else that doesn't exist."

    • Luke V
      Luke V 6 ай бұрын

      Yeah, the more I hear him talk on serious matters the more i come to respect and appreciate his perspectives. Not that I don't love his comedy, but he's so much more than just a funny man or an actor.

    • divinrth
      divinrth 7 ай бұрын

      @i2Them2 that is what atheism is, is it not? the lack of belief in a god. because he's not agnostic, he has said that he doesn't believe in god, which is not the case for agnostics, they don't believe or disbelieve.

    • Nagendra Raman
      Nagendra Raman 11 ай бұрын

      @i2Them2 What should I tell people when they ask what my religion is?

  • jitterball
    jitterball  Жыл бұрын +205

    I showed this to my sister, at the end, she just remained silent and shrugged her shoulders. I asked, wasn't this conversation fascinating?!
    She said, "I suppose!" I was like, what?! She then said, "well, they are just stating common sense. We are so stupid that when someone states
    the obvious, we feel moved and get excited." And yes, she is right, the current state of affairs in Afghanistan proves her point.

    • 2fast2block
      2fast2block  Жыл бұрын

      @D W love it!

    • Baz Glsgw
      Baz Glsgw  Жыл бұрын +1

      Also Ukraine now. I belive thats a cover up for something bigger.

    • Lucian
      Lucian  Жыл бұрын +5

      @2fast2block thats hilarious, you spent all that time typing up that essay and not a single person is going to read it

  • Howard Anderson
    Howard Anderson 28 күн бұрын +2

    Ricky is amazingly honest and very funny.

  • Fred West
    Fred West  Жыл бұрын +130

    "Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool." - Voltaire.

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 4 ай бұрын

      @Awesome Wrench That is what I am asking you...what argument? What is your argument?

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 4 ай бұрын

      @Awesome Wrench Is that supposed to be a compelling argument in support of atheism?

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 4 ай бұрын

      @Awesome Wrench Yes I do.

    • Jack Taylor
      Jack Taylor 6 ай бұрын +1

      @Word Forever No, I was clarifying the point of the above comment for you, being that religion as a whole began when the first scoundrel met the first fool. And in case you didn't know, there are well over 2 religions, I don't think anybody actually knows how many there are, especially when you factor in ancient and extinct religions.
      Also, just to be clear, yes I do agree with that quote.

    • Word Forever
      Word Forever 6 ай бұрын

      @Jack Taylor So you are anti-Semitic and Islamophobic?

  • Loki
    Loki  Жыл бұрын +189

    "Isn't it enough for them that they have a God who loves them and will give them salvation? I mean, if I believed that, I'd be happy. They're not happy. They won't be happy until everyone else believes it too. And that's surely a very bad sign and it's a sign of intellectual and moral weakness."
    -- Christopher Hitchens

    • Gregory White
      Gregory White 2 ай бұрын

      I know some good Christians but others, as Hitch pointed out, are unhappy. They might be happy though if they were sitting on a cloud bank praising God and laughing at the eternal torments of those who disagreed with them while alive.

    • Chuckkills2004
      Chuckkills2004 11 ай бұрын

      @S I N holy hell yes

    • S I N
      S I N  Жыл бұрын +1

      I love Hitchens so much. I wouldn't take all his words to a tee though, even though I'm an atheist/agnostic myself. He seems to hate religious people. I read his book "God is not great" and I understand why, he seems to have had very traumatic experiences with them, so has my friend who lives in Iran, so I can absolutely say that their points stand for them. But to my own standards, I don't think it's worth hating people for being religious, we should only hate them for falsifying scientific evidences based on what the holy books say. Same way how we should try correcting the other group of people who do that on social medias with their opinions. Ricky quoted it pretty well once, how your opinion shouldn't be mistaken with a fact

  • misirbina16
    misirbina16  Жыл бұрын +29

    My parents are both atheists and so were my both sets of grandparents. In fact, everyone in my extended family is atheist as well, but it was never discussed.....so I didn't know until I started going to school that they are people that are believers :)

    • Emre
      Emre 11 ай бұрын +1

      @Julien F that’s because they originate their moral values based on the religion, which is a slippery base when you think of the life itself! Not everyone is the same, you cannot commit crimes and just say “God, forgive me!”. So the Philosophy of Ethics comes into play here, I think we all must Ethics to a certain degree to shape the society based on the life itself rather than imaginary beliefs.

    • Julien F
      Julien F 11 ай бұрын +5

      I was raised without religion like you. To this day, I'm still dumbfounded when religious people don't understand that I'm an atheist and I can still be a decent human being. I've been asked how can I have moral values or purpose if I don't believe in a god. That's crazy to me that these people think that no moral can exist outside their religion.

  • mueslicamel
    mueslicamel  Жыл бұрын +86

    I was in the audience when this was filmed, absolutely brilliant.

    JONTRAZ  Жыл бұрын +156

    I already know I've seen everyone of these 11 minutes but I'll be damned if I'm not sitting here dying of laughter still

      JONTRAZ  Жыл бұрын +3

      @GianMarco Trevisan One of My house gods, Ricky is. Ironically, of course.

    • GianMarco Trevisan
      GianMarco Trevisan  Жыл бұрын +3


  • Jeanette York
    Jeanette York  Жыл бұрын +148

    He's right about the standing of non believers in the US. We have a long way to go.

    • divinrth
      divinrth 7 ай бұрын +1

      @John Rush how would you know god and hell are real?

    • John Rush
      John Rush 7 ай бұрын

      @divinrth ----How would you know?????

    • divinrth
      divinrth 7 ай бұрын +1

      @John Rush good thing god and hell aren't real so i won't be going to hell for not believing in him. :)

  • James Maness
    James Maness Ай бұрын +1

    So very well articulated, each and every word. "Truth", people, let it sink in.

  • zaddy_Jokeeh
    zaddy_Jokeeh  Жыл бұрын +5

    Thank you Ricky! So happy to see stutterers get some representation!

  • Simon 71
    Simon 71 8 ай бұрын +6

    That's one of the things I love so much about RG, his atheism and the way he portrays it here.

  • hg82met
    hg82met  Жыл бұрын +106

    One of the best things he said, when challenged about not believing in god by Stephen Colbert, was that he just didn't believe in one more god than Stephen (given there are thousands of gods in various religions that the Abrahamic religions don't even acknowledge).

    • Michael Brickley
      Michael Brickley  Жыл бұрын

      @mental very much so. Why would question my reality? Ricky has no good arguments. There are atheists who have some good arguments but no evidence which is the great defeater, in my opinion. Shalom

    • Michael Brickley
      Michael Brickley  Жыл бұрын

      @mental Christ faith is the only one based on History. Judaism without Christ is a faith filled with people who missed His coming. It’s not too late for anyone but the time draws nigh. Buddhism is basic wheel of life philosophy and the end is nothingness and yet, Buddhists pray. To whom are they praying?

    • mental
      mental  Жыл бұрын +2

      @Michael Brickley are you real?

    • Michael Brickley
      Michael Brickley  Жыл бұрын

      @Ro Ems liar, liar, pants on fire. You make these claims and tell me they’re true and expect me to believe you don’t have serious comprehension issues? Either that or you weren’t a real Walker in the Way of the Master. Sorry. I have read, read daily and will continue to read & study the Word. Ever faithful, ever true, is the Savior. Shalom

  • texetera
    texetera 9 ай бұрын +16

    I started at senior school when I was 11 years old ( 65 years ago ), and one of the classes we had to endure was RK ( religious knowledge ). Part of the class was having to read the bible. After 2 lessons I decided that it was an absolute load of rubbish. When our teacher ( Miss Roberts ) asked me why I didn't show any interest in the lessons, I told her that I didn't believe any of it. She said ' fair enough, I won't try to involve you in the lessons '. Full credit to her, she never did. She knew I was an atheist. It doesn't relly take much working out. All you need is logic and common sense.

    • CD89
      CD89 2 ай бұрын

      @LifeofDan to me it makes some sense though. Just to repeat what has been said in the film; atheïsm is still punishable by death in 13 countries. In some so called modern countries, like the US, an atheïst can in practice not become president. Atheïsm and it's followers are generally under atack (I am very lucky to be from a country where this is not the case, but it took over a century).
      This position leads to activism, and rightfully so. When the world accepts and respects atheïsm as a normal and accepted theory (you don't have to believe in it, but just respect it), then perhaps the activism can get less as well.

    • LifeofDan
      LifeofDan 2 ай бұрын

      @CD89 meeting likeminded people to practice and celebrate their faith in private in an enclosed building is one thing, going on TV and social media and claiming, as if certain, that your disbelieving view is so unquestionably correct that you have to ridicule any other persons view is another thing altogether.

    • CD89
      CD89 2 ай бұрын

      @LifeofDan so in your view, religious people also don't need to anounce it and meet eachother in churches? Because that's exactly what they do right?

    • Kim Christensen
      Kim Christensen 3 ай бұрын

      @LifeofDan He probably felt "the need to announce it" because it is relevant to the video that he just watched. It's also nice to know that you're not alone. ie: Atheists have a need for belonging too... Perhaps the real question is why YOU felt the need to belittle him?

    • texetera
      texetera 3 ай бұрын +1

      @LifeofDan I know I'm right. I have a logical brain. Obviously.....................................

  • charcolew
    charcolew  Жыл бұрын +44

    As an oldie who still teaches kids, I have been asked several times if there is a God (not if I believe in God), so they are expecting some sort of right answer. I ask the kid what they think first. Usually they say they don't see or feel anything that shows there is a God, and I agree with them, rather than having them agree with me. No need for further discussion.

    • Lucht S
      Lucht S 11 ай бұрын

      @max lump It's not avoidance, it's encouraging them to think for themselves about it, which is the best you can do on an issue like religion where the kid will likely grow up having people they feel like they should trust telling them contradictory things.
      People simply accepting answers from authority figures without critically thinking about it themselves is now nonsense like religion and political propaganda spreads so rampantly in the first place.

    • Conor S
      Conor S  Жыл бұрын

      @max lump how was it avoidance? It’s better to be honest than to lie whether it’s lying for or against religion or four or against unbelief.

    • Conor S
      Conor S  Жыл бұрын +1

      Exactly, we shouldn’t be teaching kids what to think, we should be teaching them how to think so they can spot truth from lies in all aspects of life then they can make up their own minds instead of their minds being made up for them. It’s not fair to a child to give them an answer we don’t actually know is an answer.

    • Khy Maaren
      Khy Maaren  Жыл бұрын +4

      @Lu You are probably right. I do wish, though, that when a teacher is asked the question "Is there a god?" they could simply answer "No" without repercussions. Then again, the only logically true answer is "I don't know" which fits the unicorn but not the carrot. Much like my answer.

    • Lu
      Lu  Жыл бұрын +3

      @Khy Maaren they asked specifically whether or not there was one, not whether they believe in them. If you ask someone if unicorns or carrots exist, it's pretty clear that "it's a personal belief for everyone" isn't a real answer to that question. I think they went about it better.

  • Wendy Denney
    Wendy Denney 6 ай бұрын

    You have a remarkable brain, Ricky, and you are an extremely logical and interesting communicator. I would love to carry on a conversation with you some day. Truly a unique and remarkable person. Just saying.

  • Kai Gaming
    Kai Gaming 11 ай бұрын +4

    'If people get offended at me making fun of your gods, you shouldn't be religious' - me.
    Ricky taught me an important lesson that if you get offended at people making fun of your beliefs, you need to check if what you believe is worth believing in.

    • Mohammed Bairam
      Mohammed Bairam 3 ай бұрын +1

      Or maybe people just dont want their faith which is very intimate to them disrespected. Critisised is fine, if its question people can answer that. But if you disrespect them its obviously going to make ppl mad. Its like you saying if i made fun our your wife calling her ugly, rather than be mad you should question whether this marriaige is worth being involved in. Smh

  • chilled advocate
    chilled advocate 5 ай бұрын +3

    Thanks coming from the west Ricky. It is getting easier to be atheist in the West my family still treats me like I'm crazy but it's gotten more acceptable over the years.

  • Steve Hodges
    Steve Hodges  Жыл бұрын +301

    Einstein: "Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe"

    • Anonymous Man
      Anonymous Man 5 күн бұрын

      @Marijan Klapproth Yeah. We actually don't know if the universe is infinite or not.

    • Gary S
      Gary S 3 ай бұрын


    • Finnisbored
      Finnisbored 3 ай бұрын

      @Gary S I could say the same about the universe

    • Ur momma
      Ur momma 7 ай бұрын

      Otheldr Whaaaaat? No way. I thought he went all the way to a black hole to see it, went to the center and then came back. Next time you're gonna tell me the earth was proven to be round before someone could go to space to see it?

  • Darth Virgin
    Darth Virgin  Жыл бұрын +305

    “The Invention of Lying”
    a totally underrated movie.

    • Bob Hook
      Bob Hook  Жыл бұрын

      Underrated a truly overrated word

    • skoy21
      skoy21  Жыл бұрын

      @Toby Clayton Very true about Idiocracy!

    • goofy gamer
      goofy gamer  Жыл бұрын

      It's one of those movies I've always wanted to see but I've never had the chance to.

    • Stu
      Stu  Жыл бұрын

      I agree. Very moving where he tells his dying mum she is going to a lovely place. Why not use imagination to help.

  • Ben Jackson-Smith
    Ben Jackson-Smith  Жыл бұрын +10

    'If people didn't invent gods, I wouldn't have to deny them' 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  • Nadesmond
    Nadesmond 4 ай бұрын +1

    it's unreal how much I love Dawkins😭

  • Show Runner
    Show Runner 11 ай бұрын +5

    I’m not an atheist but I enjoyed this

  • Lia Dovolys
    Lia Dovolys  Жыл бұрын +5

    My favourite part ever seen where Ricky talks to Richard Dawkins. Oh, that's amazing.

  • rinnska
    rinnska  Жыл бұрын +13

    I love his line about religion vs. spirituality

  • Zoey Michael
    Zoey Michael  Жыл бұрын +7

    I believe in something else... but I adore Ricky Gervais! He is such an amazing person! 🥰

  • Docta Osiris
    Docta Osiris 8 ай бұрын +3

    Ricky Gervais is a legend! 😊

    • Docta Osiris
      Docta Osiris 8 ай бұрын +2

      @TheTruth About Science and God Also, you're asking me to do you a favour? What have you done for me? You can't even acknowledge that Ricky Gervais is a legend and you want to share your bigoted videos? 😲 🤣
      Please! Don't make me laugh - again 🙄 I might crack a rib this time! 😏 😆

    • TheTruth About Science and God
      TheTruth About Science and God 8 ай бұрын

      Please share with other people my two brief videos. Thanks!

  • Michael Derenne
    Michael Derenne 5 ай бұрын

    Ricky definitely says it perfectly

  • Bradley
    Bradley  Жыл бұрын +3

    I remember as a kid I was told some story about this guy in the bible that was risen from the dead by Jesus and when his friends asked him what heaven was like he said he had no memory of nothing, it was as if his life had ended, as in he had no memory of existing from the moment of his death.
    I find it so funny that this moment is never talked about, just like the time Paul said " Have a little drink for thy souls sake"....as in maybe when life throws shit at you have a drink ffs...if it's getting on top of you...Well there are two points of view...believe or not no bugger cares as long as the rent is paid.

    • Bradley
      Bradley 10 ай бұрын

      @Alfred Compagner Hi, Just came across your reply, I will have a look for the first story and get back to ya...as I said it was read to me out of the collection of books put together by the church that they thought was right...called the Bible, I used to love reading the Apocrypha it had all the good stories before the church removed them.

    • Alfred Compagner
      Alfred Compagner 10 ай бұрын

      Please, give me the two passages in the bible. You probably find them; the first is definitly not a bible story. The second might point to a passage that Paul wrote to a boy named Timothy. He was refering to physical health. As water wasnt always that clean, fruit juices where more safe. And so was wine. With the note that you wont find any passage that forbits drinking wine, you only Read the warning not to lose control over your body nor over the things you do with it. So, dont drink to much of IT. But a little can be healthy. That doesn't count for wine only...

  • Bill Heuber
    Bill Heuber  Жыл бұрын +4

    GOD!! 🙈🙉🙊🤭
    Thank you Ricky for absolutely believing in the exact same gods that I believe in!! I absolutely and truly enjoy watching you talk about the lack of religion! Again, thank you!

  • Hh J
    Hh J 8 ай бұрын +3

    “If religion was not created I do not have to deny it” said he while brushing off dust from his crossed leg😂

  • darl papple
    darl papple 2 ай бұрын

    I agree with everything you said and have felt the same way for years!

  • David Jeavons
    David Jeavons  Жыл бұрын +49

    Top man! Truth is the only answer. But truth with kindness and thoughtfulness.

    • David Jeavons
      David Jeavons  Жыл бұрын +2

      @John Browne not sure where you’re going with this. I’m not asserting anything, as I am an atheist (check out the actual meaning of the word). I’m not certain if you’re asserting either as you haven’t stated your position. Also, is John Browne your REAL name or is it just a coincidence?

    • John Browne
      John Browne  Жыл бұрын

      @David Jeavons Why is that? You don't have any more 'proof' than I do.

    • David Jeavons
      David Jeavons  Жыл бұрын +1

      @John Browne The burden of proof lies on the other side of the discussion….

    • John Browne
      John Browne  Жыл бұрын

      How is it truth? What's his proof? What's yours?

  • akairborne
    akairborne  Жыл бұрын +3

    3:05 was incredibly raw in my opinion To hear him speak of his mom dying was very emotional.

  • elainevankat
    elainevankat  Жыл бұрын +56

    I love Ricky Gervais!!♥️

  • kodiakthejuggler
    kodiakthejuggler  Жыл бұрын +21

    03:13 "There's a level of diplomacy..." This is a good point to bring up, because I expect most religious people think Atheists are almost militant about their beliefs, but when Ricky mentions that he would simply say something like "I don't believe, but many people do. What do you think?" when a child asks him in public, it shows he is only being truthful and not being a prick about it.

    • 2fast2block
      2fast2block  Жыл бұрын +1

      "Ricky mentions that he would simply say something like "I don't believe, but many people do. What do you think?""
      I'd tell Ricky he has the right to be the loser he chose to be and why.
      "People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary. They are happy with their belief. They even say things like “it’s true to me” and “it’s faith." Ricky Gervais
      Ricky does not know what biblical faith is because he just does not care to know.
      Biblically, faith means trust. It's a trust by evidence seen. God asks that we prove things. To reason. To get knowledge. To study. God has nothing to hide. We develop trust from what is seen, and that which is not seen yet is trusted also because of the trust built up from what is seen. It's much like a human relationship. We don't trust much until a person has gained that trust from what is observed. The difference is though, God is not limited to human powers. He created us.
      Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
      Ricky can't even explain the start, creation, and yet he acts so smugly.
      Real science says nothing does nothing. Real science says if there was something there already it must fit with the evidence of what we know. We know the 1LT says there's a conservation of energy. It can change forms and neither can be created or destroyed. Creation cannot happen by natural means. The 2LT has various aspects, one being the universe is winding down, entropy. Usable energy is becoming less usable, so at one point usable energy was at its max. This all points to a supernatural creation, by a supernatural creator at a certain point in which matter, space, and time were created. When I read how it can happen otherwise, ALL the fools resort to science-fiction. Once a supernatural creation is accepted, then the next step is finding proof of what supernatural power did it.
      We can't even get science without God. The laws of nature only can come from a Lawgiver, God.
      Only shallow people follow Ricky.

  • Steve
    Steve  Жыл бұрын +3

    such refreshing explanations from Ricky

  • Santana de Herodoto
    Santana de Herodoto 11 ай бұрын +1

    I felt the bless of knowledge on this. Thank you very much.

  • Gary B
    Gary B  Жыл бұрын +17

    Religion had its place in the past but once you see it for what it is you cant unsee it

  • Spencer Grover
    Spencer Grover 9 ай бұрын +4

    I am really Christian, I follow all the customs I believe in god and Christ, but I loved this so much😂

  • Ray W
    Ray W  Жыл бұрын +61

    Great segment with Richard Dawkins and Ricky at 7:30.
    "So, we don't need God to be good," and "We haven't got Him!"

    • John Rush
      John Rush  Жыл бұрын

      Satan McDougal --------Sorry, I have no interest in debating a pre-schooler. You think and communicate like an adolescent. It is no wonder you embrace atheism as it is the worldview of the child.

    • jonnifjader
      jonnifjader  Жыл бұрын

      @pd4165 ??

    • jonnifjader
      jonnifjader  Жыл бұрын

      @Paul Carson Maths ??

    • John Rush
      John Rush  Жыл бұрын

      @Zarris ----You stated that "atheism is NOT a worldview". According to whom??? A worldview by defintion is "a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world." When an atheist claims that God or an Intelligent Designer did not bring our universe into being thus bestowing ULTIMATE purpose, meaning, and value to His creation then the atheist is expressing a "particular philosophy or conception of the world. And, it is a philosophy described as materialism or naturalism. That is a world view period.
      BTW---atheism is NOT a mere lack of belief in a god. You can not redefine what atheism is. Atheism is making the CLAIM that God does not exist just as a theist makes the claim that God does exist.
      When you state atheism is "simply the lack of belief in a god" that is inaccurate. A lack of belief in anything is merely a state of mind. A cat, a bird, or a fruit fly all 'lack a belief in a god'.

  • Louise Bulgin
    Louise Bulgin 4 ай бұрын +2

    I am an Atheist and my mom has now moved in with me and she is very born again??? does my head in with bible talk bless her It is what she knows from church
    We all know what is good and what is bad and we should all do the correct thing for humanity. It is put into our brain before we were born to be good and to be bad. Santa , God and the fairy's do not exist only us and we need to do what is correct. Love you Ricky

  • Modestas Malakauskas
    Modestas Malakauskas  Жыл бұрын +54

    It is kinda crazy that the "default" stance in modern society is that God exists and if you don't believe God exists, you are an "outsider" and have to justify your position, when it should be the other way around. I get the instinctual desire to put some sort of creator at the start of it all and I am honestly ok if people believe some sort of entity created the Universe. But that's more of a deistic approach to God and doesn't claim that this creator gives a shit about us or even knows about us. It could be a simulation type of deal.
    What is fascinating though is that these cults of christianity/islam managed to leech themselves onto society so deeply when they are extremely clearly a complete and utter bullshit, stories written by literal bronze age peasants who didn't know shit all about the world/Universe and that paint God, a supposed omnipotent/omniscient/omnibenevolent being, as a fucking bloodthirsty egotistic vengeful lunatic who condones racism/genocide/sexism/slavery/human sacrifice/homophobia etc. etc. I would understand this belief if Bible truly was ahead of its time and had some knowledge that seems to be out of place for that time period, that had morals/rules that advanced humanity in some way. But no, everything in it is 100% consistent with the ideas/morals of the people who lived during that time period.
    Anyone who takes the time to read these books without the predetermined "default" stance that it is, in fact, a word of God (which is hard for believers to do due to indoctrination and fear that this God knows their thoughts and might punish them for questioning him) will see that there's 0% chance it was inspired by a divine being. It's not even a close call.

    • Tina W
      Tina W  Жыл бұрын

      This is to reply to whom you are that you could consider a contribution from the scriptures if it ever provided betterment to humanity by its contribution to betterment of humanity, that it would have thoughts quite different from what was accepted worldwide by people who did not believe in the Bible. I am not going to expand on all points you raised but on 1, people at 1 point in history believed the earth was flat and I believe there are some today who still do, even with our knowledge and scientific knowledge. Yet the book of Isaiah chapters 40 vs 22 if you can look it up for yourself . And I quote "--------the one who dwells above circle of the earth " now 1 more point, at 1 point in time people had varied thought on the earth, one it rested on shoulders of man Atlas, others thought rested on a giant turtle sound primitive today doesn't it,but in the book of Job chapter 26: verse 7 I quote " he is suspending the earth upon nothing" . Now the book of Job was written between 1657 and1473 B.C. E Now previously I mentioned Isaiah ,it was written
      Between 778.BCE to 732BCE. Just something to think about . Respectfully A.W.

    • Hugo James
      Hugo James  Жыл бұрын

      @Axella Johannesson Now, isn't that interesting? I replied to your comment immediately I saw it, but it seems KZclip deleted my response. Anyway, assuming they don't do that again, what I said was that, within western countries - which is presumably what we are talking about, given that non-western countries don't exist within social media discussions - the phenomenon of politicians expressing Christian belief (even when patently a sham) is limited to the US. Any expression of religious faith is actually the kiss of death for a politician in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    • Hugo James
      Hugo James  Жыл бұрын

      @Axella Johannesson Although in internet debate terms, nothing outside the US exists, of course.... 😁

  • Tina Cheung
    Tina Cheung 5 ай бұрын

    LOVE his honesty 😃

  • Locutus
    Locutus 8 ай бұрын

    Richard and Richard together is always interesting!

  • Shari Montoliu
    Shari Montoliu 10 ай бұрын

    he lets us laugh at ourselves thanks Ricky

  • TheOtakuDxD
    TheOtakuDxD 11 ай бұрын +2

    I understand the idea that death is a terrifying concept, and to make that easier is to find ways to like religion to belive there's more after death. But what I can't wrap my head around is how they actually make themselves believe it.

  • EchoChamber
    EchoChamber  Жыл бұрын +16

    "I'm oppressed in 13 countries I wouldn't go to anyways!" 😀😀😀

  • Lynda Rocha
    Lynda Rocha  Жыл бұрын +5

    He is very intelligent and I agree with him. Guess I am too. haha..ok kidding, but he is my hero for his coherent honesty.

  • Thomas Hon, Jr.
    Thomas Hon, Jr.  Жыл бұрын +24

    For a next episode be sure to include Ricky Gervais on Stephen Colbert talking about the elimination of religious texts and scientific texts and what would happen. One of the most brilliant explications I've ever heard.

    • D
      D  Жыл бұрын +2

      @James Connell If you didn't find it I'll paraphrase Ricky "If you removed all evidence of science and religion from the world, in 1,000 years the science would be the same but the religions would be different".

    • Ro Ems
      Ro Ems  Жыл бұрын

      @Ronald Lindeman
      Wasn’t that from one of the classic “Steven vs Steven” segments?

    • Ronald Lindeman
      Ronald Lindeman  Жыл бұрын +1

      There is a great one, on the Jon Stewart show. Probably more than 10 years old now. Stephen Colbert is a Christian, Steve Carell is a Muslim and Jon Stewart is the moderator. I'm going to ruin the ending, there is a big back and forth with the Christian and the Muslim, until they both start attacking the moderator, the Jew. Very funny, but probably hard to find.

    • James Connell
      James Connell  Жыл бұрын

      @Aaron Baxter thx. I know it's a "duh?" question, but we're sometimes (often) restricted here in Canada (eg. HULU) thx to CRTC and the like, some stuff just can't get, legally, with subscriptions. Will Google ✌️

  • Toni
    Toni  Жыл бұрын +32

    That's what we live for, to learn. To understand. If you depend on a god, you have nothing to do.

    • Harley Hill
      Harley Hill  Жыл бұрын

      @Matter as Machine Actually Islam is not older. Judaism came long before either of the Abrahamic religions and Christianity came before Islam.

    • Toni
      Toni  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Mike Stewart Laugh if you like but I think if I walked into a church the roof would cave in on me. The last time was the day I was married at the age of nineteen. Nearly fifty years ago. 😅🤣My marriage lasted six months. I'm going to leave my body to science and let them pull it apart so there's going to be no funeral either. I just hope it won't be for a while. I'm not sick.
      I just can't imagine what forever would be like. It's far too long and I don't want to know about it. I'd rather the bugs ate me and turned me into food for the microbes. Maybe I'll be a few billion creatures instead on just one. Although that's not true either is it. We're already billions of living things in our gut now. They're feeding us and living off us. Just the circle of life, and death. Something vegans can't get their heads around, they think they're saving something by not eating animals and they're killing the planet in the process. Life is far too short. I don't want to die for a long time yet. This is the only one we've got.

    • Toni
      Toni  Жыл бұрын

      @Mike Stewart Yes I do rather agree Mike that you go on a bit and never seem to get to the point which of course starts and end with religion (which never comes up) with you. We all know we're loved by someone or something. I'm glad about your cat cuddling up to you but of course she doesn't pray to you, does she. No more than we ever prayed to our mother's or anyone else we adored so why should we pray to something we've never seen or know anything about? Only something we've been told about in a book. It might just as well be Alice in Wonderland.
      Here I go babbling on now.😅I don't mind babbling on either. I just can't understand people who spend half their lives on their knees talking to themselves believing they're actually being heard by some God who's listening to every word they're saying.
      These people think that God, not only fashioned the world from noting and the universe but has always been around.
      What the hell did this god do before he built the undivers if he's always been around? He must have sat around for an awful long time picking his nose with nothing else to do while he made up his mind what to make. Then suddenly, out of the blue, "A world.... Adam... Eve... The sun the moon, the stars. Oh, I forgot, Light came before those.

    • Mike Stewart
      Mike Stewart  Жыл бұрын

      @Toni Of course I have a point! I'm just not sure what it is...
      I really admired the restraint Ricky described when speaking to a 5 year old. The rest of us, presumably, are adults, and shouldn't need to be protected from other peoples' ideas. But I do think we ought to recognize how little we actually know about these things.
      It seems like a fairly simple choice: God exists, or God does not exist. Basic logic. But in a universe without a law of the excluded middle, what is logic?
      It's possible l just read Carlos Castenada when I was young and impressionable, but I have an intuition that there are more than one way of knowing things. Then again, I suppose we do need to distinguish between open-minded and empty headed.
      I hope it doesn't seem like I am attacking anyone else's beliefs, or lack thereof. I read peoples' posts and have thoughts, so I post them. But I am far from in a position to preach. I just enjoy the discussion.
      Sorry to drone on, but here's a better sense, maybe, of where I am coming from: When my cat curls up in the crook of my arm, rests her head on my shoulder, and purrs in my ear, I can entertain a behaviorist interpretation of what's happening, but something very like Occam's razor leads me to believe she loves me.

  • bdflatlander
    bdflatlander  Жыл бұрын +3

    I am a 68 year old American male and I consider myself to be an 80/20 Agnostic Atheist.
    I was loosely raised in the Methodist Church primarily in the 1960’s and never took to it. It just made no sense to me and it absolutely was not an important part of my life growing up.
    Starting about my late 30’s/early 40’s I began reading a lot of books about Atheism and Agnosticism and they just made so much sense to me.
    My parents became very religious in their old age and my wife is also fairly religious which has caused some conflicts in our marriage but I guess we have just sort of agreed to disagree on the subject. We rarely discuss or argue about religion but she knows very clearly where I stand on it.
    When my mom was alive she would chide me about my lack of religious beliefs but I ended all discussion by telling her once and for all that as an adult I will make my own decisions about religion and accept whatever consequences there might be. Both she and my dad were very unhappy about me abandoning not only the religion they raised me in but religion altogether. My mom basically told me that I will burn in hell (gee, thanks mom!). because I didn’t accept Jesus as my lord and savior.
    I find people like Ricky Gervais very inspiring on the subject of religion.

  • pd4165
    pd4165  Жыл бұрын +20

    For anyone wanting a handbook of why religion is evil I can heartily recommend Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.
    It not only tears into organised religion but it's also a good read.

    • The Fury
      The Fury  Жыл бұрын +2

      @2fast2block so what are you trying to say? 🤨

    • Fun Quay
      Fun Quay  Жыл бұрын

      @pd4165 I wonder if its because of Pratchett's writings that so many people nowadays believe that the Earth is flat. Crazy! Lol. 🙄

    • pd4165
      pd4165  Жыл бұрын +2

      @Fun Quay said
      'But didn't Terry Pratchett teach that the Earth is flat? And resting on the back of elephants or some such rubbish! The Bible teaches that the Earth is a sphere hanging in space. Who's teaching more closely matches the scientific evidence, Pratchett's flat Earth resting on elephants, or the Bible's spherical Earth "hanging on nothing" in space? '
      Terry Pratchett was a novelist writing sci-fi/fantasy. There is no teaching, he was writing entertainment.
      But that doesn't stop him making some very pointed observations on the nature of religion in his fiction.
      If your level of comprehension is that Pratchett was scientifically flawed compared to the bible then you really need to up your game - fiction isn't true. But you're comparing fiction to the bible.
      It's also a losing game - the Pratchett novels follow a narrative arc in which everything is consistent, there are no plot holes or glaring errors or contradictions. Unlike the bible, which purports to be true. Which is more rubbish - the novel that is consistent, and never pretends to be anything but fiction, or the misogynistic book of genocide and illiterate goat-herder prophesies, which wants to be the font of all wisdom?

  • Mange2
    Mange2 9 ай бұрын +1

    Thank God for Ricky Gervais.

  • May Ms
    May Ms  Жыл бұрын +10

    ‏I left Islam when I read the Qur’an and the biography of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam
    ‏Now I live in Iraq and I can't talk about it even with my family I might be killed, and society will reject me, it's very difficult for me
    ‏and many Arabs leave Islam every day, but they cannot announce that because they may be killed and of course society rejects them.

    • Charlie Foxtrot
      Charlie Foxtrot  Жыл бұрын +3

      Sounds like Alabama.

    • Scuba Steve
      Scuba Steve  Жыл бұрын +5

      Another reason why I hate religion and religious ideologies. Hope everything works out for you bro.

  • BendoBass
    BendoBass  Жыл бұрын +2

    1:16 the dude was waiting his whole life for a camera to capture that. His little cool guy smirk and chad looking nod. Terrific

  • Andi Splatterpunk
    Andi Splatterpunk  Жыл бұрын +3

    The God I believe in would appreciate Ricky's humor

  • Nikita Kucherov
    Nikita Kucherov 10 ай бұрын

    Dawkins and Jervious together in a church…. Now that’s a miracle!!

  • Steve Swangler
    Steve Swangler  Жыл бұрын +4

    "imagine not doing something, because people will hate you for what you are"
    it is so sad, that in my home country we let our leadership erode away to where we're a laughingstock (thank you donald trump) and so many Americans rely on fear and superstition to mold their way of thinking. i know it happens in other nations too, but it doesn't seem to happen to the extent it does here in the United States.

  • WCSkills
    WCSkills  Жыл бұрын +5

    Piers: I was raised a good Irish catholic.
    Me (if I was there): Boy did you luck out!
    Piers: What do you mean?
    Me: Well if poor little Piers was born to Mr. & Mrs. Rajesh of Mumbai India, you’d be crying “how can I be a good catholic now?”

  • Zaveer Amini
    Zaveer Amini  Жыл бұрын +80

    "Everyone's an atheist until they clog up the toilet in someone else's house"

    • Ian Hill
      Ian Hill 9 ай бұрын +1

      Theres always" something "to unclog it------- a hairbrush is a good option.
      Or so I've been told. Er,hmmmm.😉

    • Andreas Hellmuth
      Andreas Hellmuth  Жыл бұрын +1


    • Ammo
      Ammo  Жыл бұрын +4

      Still better than "Allah hu Akbar". At least nobody gets hurt 😂

    • Scott Scotty
      Scott Scotty  Жыл бұрын +2

      Lol, technically everyone is an atheist unless you believe in a deistic type of god. I've prayed to the golfing gods and all the gods a few drunken nights.

  • Rg Nandanshetty
    Rg Nandanshetty 7 ай бұрын +1

    I wonder how come I am getting to know this guy’s thought process so late even after watching some uk office series, my god very few people in this world has the clarity like that in what they believe in

    • Luke V
      Luke V 6 ай бұрын

      Watch Afterlife, if you haven't seen it already.

  • riogrande5761
    riogrande5761 11 ай бұрын +1

    I've always kind of considered Gervais a snide pontificating jerk, as some comedians can be. But I did enjoy him roasting Hollywood in the academy awards. They deserved it.

  • Chad Lee
    Chad Lee  Жыл бұрын +9

    If people didn't invent God why would I have to say I'm an atheist? Perfect response.

    • Mohammed Bairam
      Mohammed Bairam 3 ай бұрын

      Because you dont want the properly reasearch sth you dont want to believe in . If you have already firmly made up your mind that you are aethiest and god doenst exist. You are not going to look for evidence to suggets god does exist as you will look for arguments to back up you beleif that god doenst exist. The firm belief that you have will stop you from looking at all sources in a unbiased way to make a conclusion because u have already made up your mind

  • meloniesghost
    meloniesghost 22 күн бұрын +1

    He is brilliant!

  • San Geovr
    San Geovr  Жыл бұрын +1

    I would love to meet him someday and have long conversation about religion

  • Bostonceltics1369
    Bostonceltics1369  Жыл бұрын +13

    Ricky is my dude. Much love.

  • Gloria Khrshom
    Gloria Khrshom  Жыл бұрын +2

    I love this guy

  • William Jones
    William Jones  Жыл бұрын +143

    When a child believes in fairy tales, it's innocence.
    When an adult believes in fairy tales, it's ignorance.

    • Saidou Ceesay
      Saidou Ceesay 5 ай бұрын

      @Charlie Foxtrot inconclusive ideas? Nothing concrete but mere assumptions?

    • mpalmer22
      mpalmer22  Жыл бұрын

      @Black Pharaoh So it sounds you are agreement with the Bible where it talks about people hating God in John 3:19 and Romans 8:7?

    • Black Pharaoh
      Black Pharaoh  Жыл бұрын

      @mpalmer22 that book is human garage. I'd rather go to hell than be stuck with that psycho for eternity.

    • mpalmer22
      mpalmer22  Жыл бұрын

      ​@Black Pharaoh If you read Romans 1 it says that God has already revealed himself to all mankind, and what is known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. But because of the unrighteousness of men we don't want God in our knowledge so we suppress the truth and exchange it for a lie and we worship and serve the creation rather then the creator. People are not going to Hell because they don't believe in God, because in truth they are shaking their fist in rebellious hatred at him, and would rather choose to love their sin, then accept the gift of grace and be cleansed of it.
      Also what profit are Christians making by being obedient to Christ? If you look through history, being a Christian meant persecution by being fed to lions by the Romans, beaten and tortured. Your life would be much easier if you weren't a Christian, so I'm not sure what you mean by profits?