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Order Now as the RAPTURE is coming!,
This review is from: Religulous [DVD] (DVD)
Humour is a very powerful weapon to get over some key messages and in terms of looking at religion it has to be employed for two basic reasons. Firstly, if a direct and frank approach to questioning religion is currently employed the barriers go up and two thousand years of blind indoctrination kicks in with the predictable consequences. Secondly, questioning some of the outlandish views trotted out in this DVD can only really be done through wry humour. How can you interview, in all seriousness, a reasonably educated individual and discuss in depth the historical FACT of the talking snake, the ten commandments that were chiselled into a rock (that was subsequently dropped and broken - Doh!) by a bronze age deity who created a trillion planets in one day (most of which can't be seen by the naked eye) but uses basic stone masonry and burning shrubs to communicate to his imperfect and flawed creations (well, one of them anyway - you can't have everyone in on the secret because without belief you have nothing - QED), dinosaurs being used as daily transportation by our early ancestors (despite the existence of fossils, apparently placed in the ground tirelessly by one of the many deities that are still worshipped, purely to give mankind something to dig up and puzzle over), a wooden boat that had all 6 million species on the planet on it at one time and in one location, a virgin birth, angels with wings (gravity is so awkward in heaven) and so on and so on.
The answer is you can't. What Bill does here is ask a wide variety of people why they hang onto these bronze age beliefs and gently points out the contradictions and absurdities with a good humoured non-confrontational belly laugh. So for an hour or so you get the priceless daftness of the Holy Land theme park (imagine Santa's grotto but with a bit of crucifixion), the creationist museum (Flintstones for adults, but less real), the Islamic cleric with Kashmir by Zeppelin as a ring tone on his mobile (I'm not making this up) and the bizarre Jewish faculty for designing clunky machines that allow no work to be done on the Sabbath. All of which is very, very funny.
Naturally the joke of religion, in reality, isn't remotely funny and the final 5 minute peroration of this excellent DVD is chilling and frightening in equal measures. This is the film's power - you laugh and then you are dragged back to the grim reality - religion, it says, is extremely dangerous and Bill's message is stark and portentous. So, rather than force feed children in schools tales of a lowly carpenter**who apparently heals a few blind people with grit* to if you designed the, or wooden arks, angels, demons in red jump suits with little horns and talking snakes we should show them this DVD as, unfortunately, they will have the grim reality one day of squaring up, without humour, to the growing dangers that Bill describes so eloquently in this film.
According to the film a majority of American's believe that THE RAPTURE! is coming in the next few years (note the sexual connotation of the word), and the World will end immediately as a result (which is seen as a jolly good thing if you are in the Jesus club) - so order your copy of this hilarious but hard hitting DVD now as it may be the last laugh you get.
* Why grit? If you are literally the God that designed the eye and, being a God, the most intelligent super being ever (more so than say Superman or one of the Incredibles)why not just magic up a few new eyes..? For a God, the knowledge of the human eye seems a bit lacking and the prescription of gravel a bit bizarre.
** You physically create 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars and planets in one day and then you come down to Earth, like Superman did, and take up the job of a humble 'chippy'???? Why not a brain surgeon, a top lawyer, a scientist or an inventor...or even as a real superhero with a cape. This guy created mountains, the stars, the human eye, dogs, whales and cancer but he rocks up on earth and knocks up a few kitchen units in mdf....