Atheism is not good for you………


if your idea of a movie has an atheism bias.

Hollywood’s hidden hostility to atheism

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

47 thoughts on “Atheism is not good for you………

  1. fojap says:

    It’s strange – when you think of how well atheist books did a few years back, you’d think that movie studios would be chomping at the bit to get in on the action.

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  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

    It’s hard to believe, but a theatrical movie is about to be released shortly here in the States, starring Russel Crowe in the title role of “Noah“! Now an epic film like this, with all of it’s CGI special effects, costs multi-millions of dollars to produce – who in the hell is going to pony up that kind of money to make a movie about a plagiarized version of “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” which itself was a fictional account of a real flood in Mesopotamia, that covered only the equivalent of three counties? My guess would be Right-Wing religious groups that are looking to find a way to bring the Judeo-Christian religion back into public focus.

    There hasn’t been a religious epic in this country since Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ,” and before that, way back to the 50’s “The Ten Commandments.”

    Frankly, I hope they lose their shirts, but considering that it will later go to foreign markets, with it’s large percentage of Catholics, and later, DVDs, they probably won’t.

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    • fojap says:

      The director is Darren Aronofsky who did Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Wrestler and the Black Swan, so I’m betting that it’s not going to be straightforward religious propaganda. I’ll wait before passing judgement. Let’s not forget how angry religious people were over The Last Temptation of Christ. The only thing about Noah is that it reminds me of how filmmakers finally have a hit and studios give them a ton of money for their next movie and they take the opportunity to do something like Ishtar.

      Son of God, on the other hand, looks like it’s going to be exactly what you think. I understand it’s already done well because church groups have bought out entire theaters ahead of its release.

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    • fojap says:

      Here’s an interesting article about the movie Noah.

      The movie studio changed the marketing materials without telling the director.

      it would add a religious disclaimer to the film and all its marketing materials. The change came after months of conversations between the studio and the religious leaders.

      The studio has added a statement at the request of National Religious Broadcasters.

      A secular, Jewish Harvard graduate from New York City, Aronofsky has stepped square into the crosshairs of a Christian community….

      Umm… ’cause it’s not like it’s a Jewish story or anything.

      This is not promising –

      The studio and the director had already spent months debating which cut of the movie they would use, as Paramount tested several of its own versions. Paramount believes it is supporting Aronofsky’s vision, and Aronofsky believes Paramount is focused on presenting the right message to the Christian community.

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    • makagutu says:

      I have also seen another movie due to be released sometime in the year titled God isn’t dead or something of that kind. America must have a big market for god just like Nigeria’s market seems to prefer witches.

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  3. Jackie says:

    Hollywood is interested in one thing and one thing only: making money. Hollywood figured out that religious people are suckers and will lap up whatever they serve them. It has nothing whatsoever to do with philosophical ideology and everything to do with good business. Personally speaking, when Hollywood speaks all I hear is white noise.

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  4. “No one can fault Hollywood for recognizing that religion, like violence, is often profitable at the box office. But this logic leads to a prevailing bias that reinforces a pervasive cultural tilt against unbelief and further embeds religious myths in the popular consciousness.”

    The article was well done — and timely. Yesterday I learned of Crow’s movie while doing some research on end-timers prompted by another bloggers post. When I watched the trailer, I could see how this movie could impact the emotional centers of the brain in epic proportions, if you will excuse the pun. But with all the controversy going on about the film among certain Christians, it will give this film even more exposure, I suspect.

    The timing of all these Christian films seem to fit in with the research regarding people being under a lot of stress (mostly due to the economy in America), and an increase in religious/superstitious behavior and church attendance.

    But by affecting the emotional centers of the brain (amygdala), especially the right amygdala, it reinforces the belief that unbelievers are to be feared — and that they are all doomed. How can one have respect for someone that ‘God’ considers evil and going to destroy them all.

    Go Hollywood. Keep ’em dumb — keep ’em submissive.

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  5. Ron says:

    I guess it depends on what you mean by religious epic, but I think the following would qualify:

    The Book of Eli (2010)
    The Chronicles of Narnia Series (2005, 2008, 2010)
    Amazing Grace (2007)
    Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
    The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    Chariots of Fire (1981)

    And my all-time favorite:

    Life of Brian (1979) 🙂

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  6. “A sizable number of neuromarketing companies already brain test movie trailers for the major studios through fMRI, EEG, galvanic skin response, eye-tracking and other biometric approaches. For now, the test data helps the studios and distributors better market the movie.

    A trailblazing few firms and studios have delved into the upstart practice of “neurocinema,” the method of using neurofeedback to help moviemakers vet and refine film elements such as scripts, characters, plots, scenes, and effects. Princeton University psychology professor Uri Hasson coined the term “neurocinematics” based on an fMRI study, in which he concluded that certain types of films (e.g. horror, action, sci-fi) produced high activation scores in the amygdala region of viewer subjects’ brains, the part that controls disgust, anger, lust, and fear.Source

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  7. fojap says:

    Did you see that Jerry Coyne has a post up about this article?

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  8. Aronofsky, great, there we are…
    So Noah’s going to be a paranoid who was told by his mother never to look into the falling rain, which he nevertheless did at the age of six. Following that, he had to attend psychotherapy where he was taught never to drill into his skull because 3.14 shaped black swan feathers never grow from the inside of your temporal lobe, because that ain’t kosher…
    When I watched his Pi, my family wanted to send me to see a psychiatrist, just because watching the movie all the way through it’s end…

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  9. Aquileana says:

    I just wonder how anyone can survive without believing in “something”. However, I understand that some capitalists countries can toss aside God just in their own advantage, which is not spiritual but mainly material.
    Best wishes, Aquileana 😉

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      No one needs to, Aquileana – a-theism doesn’t mean “blanket disbelief,” only lack of a belief in deities. Personally, I believe in logic, reason, most science, and little children.

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      • makagutu says:

        and little children. They are mostly cute.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          And taste like chicken —

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Well, first there was, “Noah,” then, tonight, I just saw on a late-night talk show that someone is making a big-budget movie about Moses – I’m no fool, this is being done by some high-level money people before the next Presidential elections here in the US!

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          • makagutu says:

            Religion seems to be the major campaign tool for some in the US of A. Appeal to their religious sensibilities and get the votes

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          • Arch — thought you might find this article interesting:

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/09/hollywood-declares-2014-the-year-of-the-bible.html

            The cat’s out of the bag. We have every reason to be vigilant. Like most authoritarian religions, they get ’em while their vulnerable, making them more receptive. This isn’t just happening in America, either. The vultures are circling, globally.

            From another source, which I’ll link in another post if you’re interested:

            “We have a conservative period now in history — a substantial movement to the right around the world,” says James Paul, executive director of the Global Policy Forum in New York and a prominent thinker on the globalization of the Christian right.”

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Wow, so I was right! Thanks for the heads-up!

            I left this comment:

            What’s ironic, is that the “Noah” fable was based on the world’s first work of fiction, “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” which in turn, was based on an actual flood that occurred when the Euphrates River overflowed it’s banks in 2900 BCE, flooding an area in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), the size of 3 counties, to a depth of 22.5 feet, while King Ziusudra of Surrapak escaped on a trading barge loaded with cotton, cattle and beer (oh, my!). There is no historical evidence that Moses ever existed.

            (Sorry I never call you by name, but I CAN’T FRIGGIN’ PRONOUNCE IT!). Whew, I went away for a sec, but I’m back now —

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          • “(Sorry I never call you by name, but I CAN’T FRIGGIN’ PRONOUNCE IT!)”

            Are you addressing me? You can’t pronounce Victoria? 😛

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Oh yeah, “N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ” spells Victoria – how did I ever miss it?!! In Martian!

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          • LOL Arch. I’m proud of you for doing the c/p. Was that so hard? Oh, and If you run your mouse over my avatar, it’s spelled out for you.

            “In Martian!”

            As George Carlin would say, men are from Earth, women are from Earth, get over it. 😛

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            “run your mouse over my avatar”

            I think that bordered on obscenity – Mak, need a ruling here, please –!

            Oh, yeah, I see – there’s a pop-up! Got it!

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          • Why do you think I used the term ‘mouse’ rather than ‘pointer’. But still — your mind went there. 😀

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            It went home.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Never mind, Mak!

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    • makagutu says:

      Atheists believe in many things. We only lack a belief in the existence of the supernatural- whatever these are.

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  10. archaeopteryx1 says:

    BTW, along with the article you suggested, regarding dopamine, was a cartoon I loved of Clinton, wearing a T-shirt saying, “I’m With Stupid!” and an arrow pointing to his crotch, while he’s holding a newspaper, the headline of which you can barely make out: “Monica Lew –”

    I cracked up!

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