A friend of mine wanted to watch Bill Maher’s Religulous. He has been slowly returning to activity in the Church. I tried to persuade him that this might not be a movie he may want to go to, but he said he’s going to see it in any case. So whether I go with him or not, he’s going to watch it. I decided to go with him so that if he has any doubts or questions, I can help him. I did not want him to go alone or without someone who would help set his mind at ease when it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The movie was interesting.
My friend told me that the movie convinced him about the truthfulness and relevance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the complete opposite of what Maher wanted to accomplish. He and I were the only ones who did not clap at the end. I was so relieved that the movie did not lead away my friend, who already had his doubts and questions about faith. My friend loves rationality, and I was worried that Rationalism Evangelist Maher would get to him. But it was just the opposite. I thank and praise God and His Holy Spirit, and the power thereof, which not only survive such onslaughts but become stronger.
The fundamental error in Maher’s movie, aside from his political and environmental and religious agendas and biases, is a complete ignorance of what religion is, what rôle it plays, and its intrinsic nature in human society and psyche.
Over the next few days, I will elaborate on these points. I will not speak from the perspective of a “religionist” but rather from the perspective of one who has studied religions for decades and who has an undergraduate degree in religion.
Bottom line: Don’t watch it. It’s dreck.