I'd like to call for nominations for Atheist Oscars for films that represent an atheist or anti-religion viewpoint or have atheism as a key element in the story.
My nomination is for "Contact", a 1997 film based on a story by Carl Sagan. Jodie Foster stars as an astronomer who discovers signals from an alien civilization and manages to download blueprints for an intersteller transport device. She expects to be the first to travel in the device, but her hopes are scuppered when she is outed as an atheist and deemed unfit to represent humanity. Her discovery brings out all the worst in religious crackpottery, and the device itself is destroyed by a religious fanatic. Fortunately an eccentric billionaire has built another one in Japan, and Foster is eventually able to take the trip.
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One of my favorite movies: The Man from Earth (2007)
Professor John Oldman is moving away and some friends and colleagues are helping him move out and are saying goodbye. It becomes a discussion by the fireplace where he tells about his supposed past and why he must leave. A story that seems like science fiction but at the same time is consistent and plausible. The discussion flips Christianity on it's head.
It's not a movie with visual effects, but instead only a hand full of actors in a small house.
I love this movie. It starts out so slow and dull but the way the story picks up and the climax is just brilliant....
I would like to nominate some of the critically acclaimed documentaries put forth by Ancient Aliens that debunk many of the sightings of God and angels as reported in the bible as simple visitors of extraterrestrial origin.
Shit this was a complete joke yesterday now I'm honestly questioning this crap.
That guy looks like one of the aliens from Babylon 5.
Haha he really does.(also please look over my recent post in debate, feel very strange about it, i'd feel better if someone told my i was crazy, you seem like a smart reasonable fellow)
I saw your other post. Given the size and age of the universe and the number of planets being discovered, I'm sure there's lots of alien civilizations out there. However, the size and age of the universe also make it highly unlikely that any civilization would exist close enough in time and distance to visit us. So I don't think Fermi's paradox is really a paradox. But anything's possible.
I'm also extremely skeptical about the American government's ability to keep a secret like that. The American government couldn't keep the Russians from getting the atom bomb, and they couldn't keep Watergate out of the Washington Post. They couldn't even keep Bill's activities in the Oral/Oval Office secret. I think America has too many deep throats to keep big secrets for long. (That's a good thing, of course.)
Having said that, I think a space-faring race could conceivably build multi-generational space arks and use resources from other planets to build more as they go along. Give a few hundred millenia, they could cover a sizeable portion of the galaxy that way. I just hope the Vatican isn't allowed anywhere near any aliens that come here. They'd probably class us as lethally dangerous and sterilize the Earth.
Yeah I got this resolved. I know all the rational arguments but still to quote Sherlock Homles,"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." I thought I had found some very improbable evidence that needed examining. Turns out it's not credible.
Best supporting actor in multiple multi-gender roles: Terry Jones in "Life of Brian
Betht lithp: Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate in "Life of Brian
Best crucifixion theme song: Eric Idle for "Always Look on the Bright Side of Death"
Best portrayal of religious hypocrites, terrorists, and loons: John Cleese
If we can do documentaries, Then Religulous by Bill Maher.
Rowan (Mr. Bean) Atkinson's "Welcome to Hell" monologue for the best comedic portrayal of Satan and Hell
My all time favorite is Greasers Palace. Jesus returns to the Wild West wearing a Zoot suit:
"I can crawl again!"
LoL. I haven't heard about this one. I'm at a loss for words...