21 thoughts on “Video of the Day

  1. I can’t see the video but I heard about his film…and I heard that he wanted to release it on Easter!!! BLASPHEME!!!!!

  2. Marc,

    I’d say Bill has a thing or two to learn about faith. Rationality is necessarily limited to the graspable, the proveable. Faith as Paul said is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I don’t wall off a part of my mind, I know that faith is about transcending my mind’s limits. And that is a valid part of human experience despite our post-Enlightenment infatuation with reason. Bill is like most fundamentalists and literalists: reductive in his worldview. And that makes for great comedy because it gets ridiculous fast. The literal belief in Noah’s Ark is jokes. (Ironically theories to justify that belief rationaly require evolution!) But he seems to conflate fundamentalism with spiritualism. He can’t accept that we of faith experience something more than what can be proven since that is the only form of truth he seems to know. I’ll wait to see the film to pronounce final judgment, but those are my thoughts.

  3. I saw the View yesterday and Bill is clearly a guy who has no faith. He immediately assumed that Sherri and Elizabeth (both proud Christians) would not want to embrace him as Joy and Whoopi did simply because his religious views contrast theirs (Elizabeth and Sherri). As a Christian, it’s not difficult for “us” to embrace others of different faith and beliefs but when you walk the line of disrepecting our faith that can get “us” wired up a little. I digress, Bill did offer a lot of arguements regarding the Christian faith yet I find it interesting he didn’t speak about Muslim, Catholics, Jews negatively…ummm. Maybe he delves more into those faiths in his movie. Pray for him.

  4. This was a good show, but it ain’t got NOTHING on what just went down between the ladies just 10 mins. ago!!!!!! Dr. Marc, tomorrow, PLEASE post the first 10 mins. of today’s show! Whooooweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

  5. I swear Marc if it weren’t for your blog you would never catch me watching The View lol.

    As a PK religion and spirituality has been ingrained in me for years which is one reason why I chose to avoid engaging in the threads when religion is the topic and the bible-thumpers are quoting scripture ad nauseum. As far as this movie ehh not interested in seeing in paying to see it, I’ll wait until I can catch it online for free.

  6. Jay:
    As a Christian, it’s not difficult for “us” to embrace others of different faith and beliefs but when you walk the line of disrepecting our faith that can get “us” wired up a little.

    I don’t understand this statement. I find this to be VERY untrue for most “Christians” I encounter. The fact that anyone can feel disrepected when their faith is called into question may indicate that there may not be much faith present in that individual. I struggle with those who argue about religion and faith because in my opinion my personal relationship with God has nothing to do with how others interpret my faith.
    I find that most people who claim to be “true Christians” often cannot embrace others beliefs because they are too busy trying to prove that their way is right and that others are wrong.

  7. To each his own . . . It is obvious with every waking day the creator gives us all a choice.
    We can make our own decision, as to how we are going to relate to and understand him/her.

  8. “I struggle with those who argue about religion and faith because in my opinion my personal relationship with God has nothing to do with how others interpret my faith.”

    Yes yes and yes Hal, I feel the exact same way that why I lounge on the sidelines when the scripture missiles start flying.

  9. Scripture missiles!!!!! Priceless!

    I hope you don’t mind if I bite that one with my pastor. Nice shorthand for his sermon. Made me smile on a crappy afternoon. Thanks man!

  10. Hal,

    You missed my point.

    “As a Christian, it’s not difficult for “us” to embrace others of different faith and beliefs but when you walk the line of disrepecting our faith that can get “us” wired up a little.”

    I’m saying as for me, a Christian, I can embrace others beliefs BUT when you DISREPECT my faith I do take issue, but NOT because you call it into question. It’s when you talk down to me and suggest my logic is wrong becauase of my beliefs (as Bill did on the View). You have the right to question a persons belief and should and they should be able to have a calm conversation with you about it. That’s all good. I question others faith as well, but careful about how it’s done.

    “I find that most people who claim to be “true Christians” often cannot embrace others beliefs because they are too busy trying to prove that their way is right and that others are wrong”
    I do agree with you on this.

  11. Jay,

    I disagree with your take on exactly what Bill did. He basically posited that you and I are somehow mentally deficient (or if not deficient we put up a wall against the presumably smart part of our brains) because we believe. I love Bill, but he’s like the negative Bush on this one. Rationalism [the Bible] is the ONLY truth and those who don’t buy it are stupid [are lost]. That kind of pejorative attitude is an automatic judgment regardless of your attempts to be nonjudgmental.

    That make sense?

  12. R.oB,

    I hear you.

    Bill (in my opinion) was direspectful regarding the Christian beliefs. He could have stated his comments differently, but I do agree with what you said.

    However, I don’t believe the Bible is at all rational. You have to suspend your logic to believe it, that’s why Christianity is built on FAITH. Again, my belief is not the issue. It’s the disrepecting of it or any other persons beliefs . Ya know?

  13. uh, fellas, need i remind you, bill is an entertainer; a comedian at that. and i don’t believe in respectful comedy. i do, however, have a problem with chuckleheads like richard dawkins, who should have very little business discussing religion or faith in a professional capacity.

  14. Bill Maher ironically makes the same mistake the people he looks down on: looking at the Bible as if its literal, a history book. Jokes

    Dawkins is the Pat Buchanan of rationalism. Jokes.

  15. I had to check out todays episode. Yeah it got a little heated, Joy straight up called Palin dumb. Hasselback couldn’t even come up with points to defend Palin.
    Dr. Hill do we get to comment about the debate tomorrow!! Its going to be crazy I know.

  16. I am a Pentecostal I absolutely LOVE Bill Maher. I do also at times take offense to his comments in regards to religion. But that’s my natural side, cause in all actuality he may be the same one who turns to religion (Christianity hopefully 😉 in the end. He reminds me a lot of Paul of Tarsus.

    I’m in agreement with Hal (#8)

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