"I wasn't exactly sure if I believed what I so clearly felt!" - Julia Sweeney

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  • Oubliette

    I wasn't exactly sure if I believed what I so clearly felt!

    In this excellent TED talk, Julia Sweeney shares how two Mormon boys got her to re-examing her own Catholic beliefs.

    Letting Go of God

  • Oubliette

    Really? No comments at all!

    I probably picked a poor thread title. This video clip is right on point for us helping to reason indirectly with any of our loved ones still stuck in the cult. So I'm bumpin' it for the Sunday set.

  • Violia

    I thought she was funny, sort of reminded me of Ellen DeGeneres . The ending seemed to stop abruptly so I would like to have heard her finish. wow the age of reason is not just a jws concept and it was clear she was comparing God to Santa Claus.

  • Cold Steel
    Cold Steel


    As a comedy routine, it needs work. I kept thinking of the Spock v. Q jig, which is much better written.

    If anyone wants to know the real story of the Book of Mormon, I recommend they get the book version. Bill Maher made the same point about Mormons and modern Christianity in about fifteen seconds. In other words, any belief system can be ridiculed, and that's good to a point. The problem is that often intelligent people begin thinking someone like a comedian has a point. Comedy relies on both oversimplification and the unexpected.

    If one were to go back in time or visit a tribal village in Africa and attempt to explain quantum physics or astrophysics/microphysics and such things like dark matter, atoms, electrons and what have you, you might have a credibility problem. The virgin birth isn't as ridiculous now as it was 200 years ago. Now a woman can become pregnant from a man she's never met and actually spent his entire life on another continent: all with the power of the test tube. Resurrection was an insurmountable problem for the ancient Greeks, though they had their own theological problems. Philosophers would ask Peter why a huge elephant had only four legs to support its immense size while a tiny spider had only eight; and their listeners laughed their heads off and think it was the funniest thing they'd ever heard.

    So, again, it's a great comedy gig if you're into such things. Just never take comedians too seriously.

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