I will tell you that "God" has revealed itself in my life in ways I can not logically deny.
The second quote in the preface to Christopher Hitchens' The God Delusion comes to mind:
And do you think that unto such as you
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew
God gave a secret, and denied it me?
Well, well—what matters it? Believe that, too!—The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
I think many folks like Mr. Gervais, deep down, KNOW that they CAN'T "know" for sure, but secretly HOPE... even if it isn't fashionable in intellectual celebrity circles... if "intellectual celebrity" is NOT an oxymoron... ;)
The vast majority of people who profess to be atheists, agonus, are only 99.999999999999999% sure there is no god. This is a level 6 in Dawkins' scale of 7, where Dawkins, arguably one of the most well known atheists in the world, places himself. A true 7, someone who just knows there is no god is very rare. I've never met one, myself. The opposite end of the scale, a 1, someone who just knows there is a god, is much more common.
The proof is all around you. You have evidence that there is no God? Where is it?
Absense of proof is not proof of absense, Perry? You have evidence that there are no piglatin-speaking little yellow polka dotted people living in the Great Red Eye of Jupiter? Where is it?
I have to say that I don't fully appreciate the tendency that many religious believers have of searching for hints that nonbelievers secretly believe. It seems a bit snarky, you know? I mean no offense here, but I think some believers try too hard to make connections like these. To us, it often seems a bit desperate or even self serving.
Amen to that, IsaacJ22.
I must admit Ricky Gervais has always rubbed me the wrong way, no matter what my current philosophy happened to be, and I was more than happy to have a forum in which to trash him.
You know, I can't stand the guy, either. His comedy is not funny to me at all. In fact, it's so annoying I won't watch it and I very nearly didn't read the OP when I read that Ricky Gervais wrote it. But it is actually brilliant. Best thing I've ever seen from the guy.
Your words are clear and logical, Qcmbr, which means that there will be some people who are completely deaf to them.
Moshe, I obviously haven't read enough of your posts. I had the impression that you were religious, since you were a converted Jehovah's Witness and more recently converted to Judaism. Am I confuzzled?