11th May 2009

“If Mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa?”

Ricky Gervais

7 Responses to “11th May 2009”

  1. Lurker Says:

    Brilliant. Just… brilliant.

  2. Inforeader Says:

    Actually, it was the Santa story that made me start to think. My parents would not confirm my belief that Santa was not real (I had seen my father wrapping up the bicycle that “Santa” left me on Christmas morning). For two Christmases I pestered them, and they finally told me the truth, but instructed me not to tell my younger sisters. And so begins the dangerous circle of lying that occurs in religion as well. My father finally admitted to me, (I confronted him when he was in his seventies), that he thought Jesus was just an ordinary man like everyone else, and he did not believe in God. Although I had left my religious beliefs behind many years before that, it was as though I had been relieved of a huge burden because I knew that my dad had finally told me the truth. Unfortunately, my mother was never able to escape the deceit of religion, but was a kind and loving mother despite her beliefs.

  3. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    If I tell someone I believe that there is a God, am I lying? Seems to me that Inforeader’s father can be said to have lied, while his mother had not. Perhaps her faith did have something to do with her being kind and loving. She probably thought so (On the other hand, I know kind and loving people – and unkind and fearful people – on both the “faithful” and “faith-free” sides of the street).

    In any case, the quote is hilarious!

  4. Chris Says:

    I think people are kind and loving IN SPITE of their belief in Santa/God, not because of it. I take exception to the notion that somehow belief in the imaginary (say, unicorns) somehow makes one treat his fellow man properly. We do so because it is in our interest. Introducing a 3rd party to the interaction steals credit from our evolved nature. We cooperate because our survival was enhanced by cooperation.

  5. Please engage brain Says:

    BBC News are getting in on the act today. Apparently his pope-ness is in Israel visiting “the birthplace of Jesus Christ”. Really!?
    I am looking forward to their report from Lapland in December.

  6. Bornagain A. Theist Says:

    My postulate has been that we are all born atheists – and that our parents either confirm that by not introducing any imaginary beings (God, Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc.) or they deny our atheism by the introduction of the same group. Santa, Bunny, and Fairy serve as a springboard and supporting cast for the introduction of the least believable of the group “almighty God”. When this dog and pony show is presented by the very source of life as we know it (our parents) it becomes almost undeniable during the early years. Clearly, none of those imaginary characters exist, but since eternal damnation is punishment for not believing in God, folks who won’t think things out carry the absurd faith to their graves.

    BAT

  7. John Says:

    Faith is believing that no one every lies!