Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bill Maher - A Man of Reason?

Not sure how many people caught the Conan O'Brien show last Friday night. One of the guests was the ever-lovable Bill Maher. Of course he spent his moments in the spot-light trying to stir up as much controversy/attention as possible, but I thought part of his shtick had an interesting question buried deeply under layers of anger, hatred, and bigotry.

“Excuse me. You can't be a rational person six days of the week, and put on a suit, and make rational decisions, and go to work, and on one day of the week go to a building and think you're drinking the blood of a two thousand year old space god. That doesn't make you ... a person of faith ... that makes you a schizophrenic.”
- Bill Maher

Can reason and logic alone lead a man to faith in God? Or does faith necessarily require a departure from/beyond it? (Pope John Paul II had a little something to say on the topic.)


Joshua 24:15 said...

Hmm, I should have went with my first instinct and avoided watching Bill Maher spew... thanks, Serviam. :)

Mr. Maher's knowledge of Christianity appears to be constructed from the most limited and unintelligent stereotypes: "if you don't believe in talking snakes, then you're not religious." His comment about space god seemed to be directed at Mormons but just as well could have meant Catholics.

The link to JPII was good, though:
"Rather than make use of the human capacity to know the truth, modern philosophy has preferred to accentuate the ways in which this capacity is limited and conditioned." This passage stood out in relation to Mr. Maher's words in the clip.

Let's pray for Bill Maher-- even a godless jackass like him deserves our help getting into Heaven (even if he doesn't know it yet...)

Tyler said...

Check out Vatican I. It declares that we can come to natural knowldge of God. To know him as a person god requires faith,however.

Anonymous said...

Recently Larry King asked Bill Maher of all the religions why did he attack Catholics the most. Bill Maher then revealed that he was a former Cathlic. So there is a lot more to his story than he is revealling. I agree we ahould all pray for Boll Maher. He has a lot to offer the world.