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Religulous Review


This is a movie which is thought-provoking. It involves American Comedian Bill Maher taking a swipe and challenging the concepts associated with all of the organized religions. Early on during the movie, Maher talks about how he used to once attend Catholic Mass together with his father and sister.

His mother did not attend as she was Jewish. We see a picture of Bill when he was several years old dressed up to attend Mass on Sunday but with a toy revolver hanging from his waist.

“I wouldn’t take off my gun,” Maher explains. Maher is much older in the movie but that desire to cause mischief is still burning in him as we see in this movie. In the movie, he does to a Church as well as to a Synagogue, Mosque and Temple with her wit and sarcasm and challenges all the organized religions.

Maher makes no claims to impartiality, he is unwavering in his belief that it is impossible for humans to definitely determine if there is a God and he argues that all religions are man-made power structures which are designed to encourage immoral and anti-social behaviour. Whilst exploring all the major religions of the World, Maher analyses what he sees as their historical and logical failings.

There is a lot of strong language in the movie, some nudity and extensive discussion of somewhat controversial issues such as sex,power, violence and the concept of God.

The one thing which Maher failed to do in this production was interview atheists themselves such as the late Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. He should have asked them about the state of modern day liberalism and atheism as well as investigated the ethical burden which atheism has to shoulder today. The question of where atheists derive their morality from is one which is interesting but which is not explored in the movie.

Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/apr/02/religulous-film-review


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Eshlin Vedan

Eshlin Vedan

Eshlin Vedan is a professional Journalist who has a degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa. He is passionate about learning new things and writing.

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