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Sunday Sermons

August 27, 2006 | 14 Comments

Watching this and this, I wondered whether they were funnier to atheists or believers.


14 Responses to “Sunday Sermons”

  1. Snap Crafter
    August 27th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    Since it’s mocking religion, I’d say atheists.

    But the comments are more interesting than either vid.

  2. meep
    August 27th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    Eh, I’m a believer, and I didn’t find them particularly funny.

    I’ve been to a real charismatic evangelical church before, and found the real antics to be pretty funny even without an atheistic twist. And the trope of an atheist finding out there really is a heaven isn’t new at all (I did like the touch of a jet plane mowing down some angels…that was kind of funny.)

  3. Marcus
    August 27th, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    I think the smug believer types would be most amused, even with the claymation one. Reminds me a little of this joke about the atheist and the bear.

  4. Marcus
    August 27th, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

    Oops, the link died. Well, here it is:

    An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that the evolution had created. “What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!”, he said to himself.

    As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing.

    He ran even faster, so scared that tears were coming to his eyes. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

    At that instant the Atheist cried out “Oh my God!….”
    Time stopped.
    The bear froze.
    The forest was silent.
    Even the river stopped moving.

    As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, “You deny my existence for all of these years; teach others I don’t exist; and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”

    The atheist looked directly into the light “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as Christian now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?”

    “Very well,” said the voice.
    The light went out.
    The river ran again.
    And the sounds of the forest resumed.
    And then the bear dropped his right paw ….. brought both paws together…bowed his head and spoke:

    “Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful…AMEN!”

    Author Unknown

  5. Snap Crafter
    August 28th, 2006 @ 8:15 am

    That is one sick joke.

  6. Drusilla
    August 28th, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    The spoof of an evangelical church service was too reminiscent of Barney and Sesame Street and I’m still trying to forget the afternoons I spent babysitting a two year-old who was addicted to both (nice children’s televison is my concept of hell). I’ve also attended a few Evangelical services. They’re much less self-consious and much more embarrassing. (Except, for some reason, Evangelicals don’t seem embarrassed – perhaps it’s cultural.)

    The claymation clip was funnier. I too enjoyed the jet strafing heaven and loved the angel kicking the “atheist” (who isn’t much of an atheist if he acknowledges the existience of heaven – a real atheist would be like the dwarves in the stable in C. S. Lewis’ The Last Battle) out of heaven. My favourite portion was the fractured retelling of the son’s return from La Peau de Chagrin or The Monkey’s Paw.

  7. Snap Crafter
    August 28th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    A: The atheist chose to leave heaven, he didn’t like his creepy uncle/hitler being there.

    B: Why would an atheist act like those dwarves?

  8. Drusilla
    August 28th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    Why would an atheist act like those dwarves?

    Have you read the book? A real atheist would never acknowledge existence of life after life on this earth (let alone of heaven) under any circumstances, just as the dwarves don’t (and probably can’t) acknowledge the existience of Aslan’s country even though it is all around them. If Heaven or the soul or anything else doesn’t exist, how can it exist just because an atheist dies? (Unless, of course, the atheist is wrong.)

  9. Don't Feed The Troll
    August 28th, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    Don’t feed the troll(s).

    Go to the forums. Unless you’re a troll. Then fuck off.

  10. Don't Feed The Troll
    August 28th, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    Don’t feed the troll(s).

    Go to the forums. Unless you’re a troll. Then fuck off.

  11. Don't Feed The Troll
    August 28th, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    Don’t feed the troll(s).

    Go to the forums. Unless you’re a troll. Then fuck off.

  12. Snap Crafter
    August 28th, 2006 @ 5:10 pm

    Agreed. Drus, you are probably a troll. Surely you don’t actually think that that is how it would go down do you?

    Atheists: some are the most open minded people you’ll encounter. For some reason they would reject an afterlife if it existed?

    But what if the christians were wrong, they are so close-minded that if any sort of afterlife existed they would probably deny it if it weren’t the heaven they had envisioned.

  13. ashli
    September 1st, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    i thought the bear joke was funnier than both of the links combined.

  14. nevins
    September 3rd, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    “A real atheist would never acknowledge existence of life after life on this earth (let alone of heaven) under any circumstances”

    Depends what you mean by a real atheist. The so called strong atheist, or one who actively asserts the non-existence of god/supernatural etc. is little more rational than the theist. They both make assertions that have insufficient evidence to support strong claims. The more natural atheist is the scientist, or evidence based atheist; that is, lacking evidence of an extraordinary power, there is no reason to invoke any explanation other than naturally observable events that can be subject to scientific interogation.

    If such an atheist were to stubmle into ‘heaven’ then they should be prepared to test the ‘heaveness’ the the environment they find themselves and, while continuing to probe deeper for evidence based clarity. If in fact they find clear evidence of heaven, then they should accept it. It is no more rational to deny evidence of tested hypothteses, than it is to make up fictional hypotheses that cannot be tested (i.e. theism).

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