I really enjoyed this doco and I feel Bill approached everyone with respect and good humour. Just because he asked some questions some people were not able to answer, and didn't want to answer, doesn't mean he was disrespectful. Personally, it made me laugh out loud. It's not an in depth study of theology but he takes the approach of an outsider coming to religion and asking the obvious questions like "why do so many people buy the story of the virgin birth...the talking snake....burning bush.....Adam and Eve" etc. And the Christian "theme parks" were pretty far out there.
Suited my sense of humour and cynicism. I enjoy the way Bill Maher does this, but some may not. I didn't find him offensive at all, and I guess it is an easy target, but at least he kept me laughing.
Some people believe black is white and you can't change their minds even with logic, evidence, proof etc. The two questions unasked in this movie is why do people believe and why do others allow them to. The USA is insane, senators who do not believe in evolution and the rest of the world which thinks it's OK for a superpower armed with nuclear weapons to be run by these people. This is a Bill Maher skit not a look at religion and religuous people. Watch it for an amusing poke at the credulous.
It's simple.....every person on the planet should watch this entertaining and eye-opening film.
Good movie although it stopped working half way through.
Good doco although interveiws were not done respectfully, maher seemed arrogant as he continually laughed in the faces of those whom he interveiwed. A good overall insight in the corruption of the concept of religion, ill give it that!
AS your guru YOU MUST WATCH THIS MOVIE for your own spiritual salvation.
If your are religous it will challenge you in a good humoured way if you are not you will laugh also. But all of you will need to think a bit more, then have a read of the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins especially the section on memes and Charter schools in the UK under Blair (also relevant to the emerging Australian school systems).
Can you give less than 1 star? Thought this movie was a comedy and I can have a sense of humour about Religion but this guy just seemed arrogant and I think probably has his own deepseated problems with his own hypocritical possibly pseudo religious (from what he was saying to his family) upbringing.Would not waste my time looking at it if I were you ,nothing of value in it.
This is a must see for all those who have doubts about organised religion.
An excellent, excellent doco.
This was a depressing experience. A Jewish descent atheist attacks Christianity and Muslims but spares Judaism. Between the lines there is a reminder to other nations about their guilt for Holocaust. Denial of existing religious institutions is not balanced by any positive suggestion. Dirty language reflects dirty mind.
I I thought this doco was very good. Funny and factual. Alot of interesting facts.
This was a refreshing view of the world's religions and although tongue in cheek at times it was never cutting or biased and I love it- it really challenged my thinking. I feel a great fondness for this man.
I am a very religious person, and I quite enjoyed this humorous doco!
Whatever he said in this story is true. both 'christians' and muslims have done some terrible things in the nameof their religion. I also like it that he exposed the absurd believes from 'Christians' that are not from the Bible... I agreeChristmas is so not Biblical. The Trinity belief is comical if it wasn't taken so seriously.
More religious ppl should see this, then read their Bible/Curan whatever to check what their religion preach is really from their own holy book.
It was very lighthearted, but also very educational.
Was so impressed by this documentary I have booked it again.
It treats the issue of religious faith verses rationality in an origional and largely unjudgmental way .
By asking a few core questions of the various denominations, Bill Meyer has the church leaders on the ropes and floundering to provide clear answers.
Great film. It has to have believers wondering if they themselves are a bit crazy...either that or it will just make them very mad. I loved it!
It's predetermined how you will view this movie. If you are devoutly religious you will hate its highlighting of the absurdities of religion without showing anything else. If you are fed up with the vicelike grip with which religions hold their followers and constantly sickened by the religious-based violence on our nightly news, you will love this movie.
This film uses selective editing and concentrates on the more loony end of religions but its central message is undeniable. Bill Maher holds a mirror up to religions and lets them make asses of themselves. It's very confrontational but is done with a healthy dose of humour. This movie is unashamedly one-eyed, but it's about time that the world's religions had to justify their existence rather than having an automatically respected role in our culture.
Unfortunately the ones who will see it are the ones who already see the misguided nature of religion.
Other than that. Susinctly put and well presented. But, of course, only preaching to the converted.
There's nothing deceitful about this movie: It's purpose is 100% evident from the beginning, with Mr Maher stating VERY LOUDLY his belief that religion is rubbish, and dangerous rubbish at that. The subjects he visits to support his theory make his job very easy (Dinosaurs wearing saddles and romping with children !!!! An American doco that goes bravely where few main-stream American film makers dare to go. Refreshing viewing.
Great doco about the scourge of religion. Compelling
Funny film (for the open-minded), highlighting the countless absurdities and inconsistencies of some of the major religions. Bill Maher manages to wangle interviews with an amazing array of religious leaders and zealots, including some Moslems (a tad risky, I'd have thought).. His conversations with U.S. Bible Belt politicians are priceless.
The film also has an underlying serious message, which claims that blind adherance to conflicting religions continues to cause violence and wars and may easily result in the destruction of the world.
Maher sums it up in the very quotable statement: "Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking."
This film explores how man is addicted to religion all over the world to sustain him through his life. They have no answers to the scientific facts of this earth and its inhabitants!!!!
Was a good documentary however was a bit biased in the agnostic way. I guess it was good to see the point of view of some religions but wish he delved more into Satanism, Wican, Viking, etc and not just mainstream religion Islam and Christianity!
This is a grossly exploitative movie. It purports to be fair but if you skip to the editorial summation about 10 minutes from the end you will see its true intent.
What was especially deceitful was the almost 100% cutting short of respondents who were answering the questions put to them with reasonable arguments (Ken Ham and the Jesus impersonator were notable ) . Then, the movie would just freeze ot cut the speaker short at a point where the interviewees had an expression that was chosen to back up the interviewer - mostly "Oh - he's got me" or " there I've said something stupid so you can feel comfortable to disregard all else I said" expressions, rather than paying them the courtesy of completing their answer on screen.. Censorship is not confined to the religious, it appears.
Watch this movie if you want to see the dirty tricks that the irreligious pull in their unfair portrayals, and its cloaked in the name of honesty.
BTW don't watch movie if you want to avoid hearing frequent profanity.