God is a monster (and atheism is not the answer)

It’s not a dilemma with only two options. Learn an important metaphysical lesson from the goldfish.

Clip of Stephen Fry interviewed on The Meaning of Life:


4 thoughts on “God is a monster (and atheism is not the answer)

  1. Iain Carmichael. says:

    I think you do a disservice to atheism when you suggest that it typically replaces belief in a personal God with the belief that there’s nothing other than what we perceive via our senses. I’m an ex-Christian atheist and It has never occurred to me to believe that. Moreover, it hadn’t occurred to me that my fellow atheists typically espoused such a world-view. D.H. Lawrence said that “wonder” is man’s basic religious instinct, and I would agree with that. It squares with the position you yourself take, I believe. In my opinion I am a religious person, intensely so, and I would say that you are too. It’s the fact that we are awestruck by the mystery that gives hope that this is not “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. It also, incidentally, guarantees that, expressed as a population percentage, there are more religious people outside the church than within it- I think.

  2. Darryl says:

    Hi, Iain. Well, it’s not my intention to tar all atheists with a single brush (clearly not you). I’m talking about a trend that I observe. Most atheists are materialists and naturalists. They like physics, regard philosophy as useless, and have no sense of the transcendent because they believe everything which is real requires physical evidence. The universe is a cold, clockwork machine. Feelings of personal insignificance and nihilism are the result. I know; I lived it. It’s the sort of atheism that results from a typical high school education, where all you know about the universe is Newtonian mechanics. And it’s a real problem.

  3. Nadine Love says:

    Hi Darryl,
    I really resonate with alot that you discussed in this video.. ive also lived from the christian perspective and have changed my view.. there was also a time that i was atheist.. i have always been driven to try to find the truth within the mystery of life.. i am now finally content in knowing that i may never know.. thankyou for sharing your views here on cyberspace 🙂

  4. Iain Carmichael. says:

    Hi Darryl, Thank you for replying to my comment. Your videos are stimulating, enlightening and altogether worthwhile, if I may say so.

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