I’m Sure This Balances Out…

… because watching Christian television reaffirms my atheism:

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About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Jon Peterson

    I lul’d.

  • Negathle

    The beautiful thing about art is that it is open to interpretation.  The SS sees God in Joss Whedon’s works, I see the beauty and strength found in human love and friendship.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Similarly…
    Francis Collins is a Christian, but the success of his ‘Human Genome Project’ reaffirms my appreciation for science and what’s possible when humans set goals and work together to reach them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553145445 Gordon Duffy

    Well two of those shows are openly supernatural. A naturalistic view of the world would be innaccurate in Buffy or Angel. In the real world however…

    I think it is rather like D&D shows how different church would be if prayer really worked.

    • 3lemenope

      I think it is rather like D&D shows how different church would be if prayer really worked. 

      It would be plagues of locusts, all the Goddamn time.

      • JohnnieCanuck

        Oh, not just locusts.
        Frogs, Lice, Flies, Bovicide, Boils, Hail, then Locusts, Darkness and finally Infanticide.

        And if you thought any of that was bad, then watch out for 1 Samuel 5: 6-12.

        Imprecatory prayer. If it worked, could you be charged with conspiracy to commit the crime?

    • Stev84

      Or The Elder Scrolls universe, where the divines are definitely real, but you also know with absolute certainty that you’re their plaything and that most of them will try to screw you over when you try to make a deal.

      • Drakk

         Isn’t that the daedra?

        • Stev84

          Oops, yeah. Mixed up my mythology there. The deadra (or rather the deadric princes) are worshiped as gods too, but “divines” is a more specific term

  • http://twitter.com/Cafeeine Cafeeine

    Aside fromt he obvious existence of the supernatural, I wonder what kind of God would that person think would create the kinds of worlds like the Buffyverse…

  • Stev84

    The Bible is broken:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2XOmoD9e-Y

    I tried to find a full video version, but no luck

  • http://northierthanthou.com/ northierthanthou

    I think for some believers, the absence of God reaffirms their faith in God.

  • http://twitter.com/karlw Karl Wieser

    “Josh Whedon is an Atheist, but I still love my confirmation bias.”

  • The Other Weirdo

    Right, because Buffy the Vampire Slayer was so friendly to religion or gods of any sort. “Note to self. Religion: freaky.” When was the last time a friendly god showed up on that show to lend a hand?

    • Doomedd

      The
      show could have been called :  Buffy the god(dess) slayer.

  • coyotenose

    On a tangent, there was an awesome episode of Supernatural (I know, most of them are awesome) where a spell cast the Winchester Brothers from the “real” world of the setting into an alternate universe where nothing supernatural existed. They sort of landed in the spots that the actors who play them would have been in. They had trouble grasping the concept of a world where demons and angels and God and Satan and ghosts aren’t real. It was pretty surreal, especially when the angel who got forced into that world along with them was contemptuous of the people there, because, since souls didn’t exist there, he didn’t think of them as people. I think he actually called them “meat sacks” before the mass murder commenced. So ironically, the actual divine being was the one in the place of the strawman Atheist With No Morals Because He Doesn’t Believe In An Afterlife.

    It was just wonderful when they figured out that, since the supernatural didn’t exist in that universe, magic didn’t work, so there was no way to cast a spell to send them out of it.