So I spotted a list of celebrities who are atheist the other day that included quotes by them. I thought I’d share a couple and some responses from a, slightly cynical, Christian viewpoint.
Keira Knightly: “If only I wasn’t an atheist; I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness, and then you’d be forgiven.”
The whole reason we need forgiveness is because we won’t get away with anything. We have an ultimate authority we will be responsible too. Actually, Keira, as an atheist, ultimately you can get away with everything… there is no God who is going to hold you accountable. If you can get away with whatever you want with no consequence why wouldn’t you? I’m not sure on what basis Kiera would determine what actions are right and wrong or what ones she should be held accountable for. She also has a very shallow view of forgiveness. It does have to be genuine and God knows hearts.
Julianne Moore: Asked what she’d want to hear God say at the pearly gates, she responded, “Well, I guess you were wrong. I do exist.”
Penn Jillette: “If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true, and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.”
I agree with his statement about science but he’s making the mistake of thinking all “religion” is just made up. It’s true the religion would not be passed on unless that religion was originally passed on by a Creator God who could reveal that religious information again. But, that’s not a possibility for Penn. Besides it is highly speculative that Christianity could ever have “every trace” of it wiped out considering it can be proven the writings its based on (The Bible) has remained unchanged and unaltered even though we have many other religions and even scientific information that has been lost at points to time (did you you know the ancients used concrete but the the recipe was lost until the 18th century!?! http://moduslighting.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-we-lost-recipe-for-concrete.html) Penn might want to do a little investigation of why Christianity hasn’t been wiped out.
James Cameron: “I’ve sworn off agnosticism, which I now call cowardly atheism.”
It’s interesting that a guy who’s explored the ocean depths because he believed there were things there that were unknown has gathered enough knowledge to know positively there is no proof for God anywhere. So there’s no possibility there’s a God, James? You’re absolutely sure? Agnosticism is not cowardly, it’s intellectually honest.
Jodie Foster: “I absolutely love religions and the rituals. Even though I don’t believe in God, we celebrate pretty much every religion in our family with the kids.”
Hmmm… so one night you’re praying to God with your family and the next you are celebrating the flying spaghetti monster? That won’t confuse the kiddos. Jodie will you teach your kids to be interested in truth or just rituals?
Kathy Griffin: “A lot of people come up here and they thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit. … So all I can say is suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”
Yep, just praying for her. Although, I do appreciate her honesty.
Alan Cumming: “I was made to go to church, but no, it wasn’t a very religious thing. And I’m completely atheist. I don’t hold any beliefs about God and stuff. And I can’t do the church thing. Last year, I was here in New York, at a Christmas party, and everyone went to midnight Mass except me. I just listened to music while they were all out, supposedly communing with God, but they were just doing it because it’s habit.”
First, he should talk to Jodie Foster about the importance of just doing blind rituals. Second, atheism is holding a view about God and stuff. Third, proof for the existence of God and going to church aren’t really tied together.
But, then again, what do I know.