Oookaaaay. This will generate more God conversations than the Jesus All About Life campaign. But Be ready: it pretends to be even-handed, but is a new-atheist sell. So the conversations may well flow from confusion &/or aggression. Go here for sneak peeks, and a link to the movie site. Released mid-November 2009.
Peter Rodger says “I’m only asking the question, it’s up to you to answer it.”
Yeah right – (stand by for sarcasm) you’re only the editor, stitching together the soundbites of thousands of interviews, to suggest what you want to say. And you’re only the commentator manipulatively scripting and drawing your conclusions.
So be ready:
Lookout – for manipulative commentary
eg: On the God is Love clip:
“A lot of people turn to God when they just can’t cope any more.
Maybe it doesn’t matter if God is real, for that person, or not.
What matters is that he or she believes he is real.
It is their faith that counts.
Did you see it?
1) “A lot of people do turn to God when they can’t cope,”
We can’t disagree agree, maybe a lot do. But a lot also turn to God when they CAN cope. In fact research shows that healthier people are more able to recognize spiritual experiences in their life.
So by saying “a lot of,” he avoids the argument that would stop him from going to his chosen conclusion.
2) “Maybe it doesn’t matter if God is real, for that person, or not.”
Well we can’t disagree, because he said MAYBE.
And he said, “for that person,” so it’s just subjective – so sure, it’s possible that for a particular person, a psychological boost may help.
So by saying, “maybe, for that person,” he avoids another argument – that it certainly does matter whether God is real! If God isn’t real, the belief is misplaced, like believing a garden pot can help. It can’t, it won’t. Sane people realize it really does matter what & who you trust, and so they have reasons (experience / relationship / revelation / evidence) supporting the existence of God, in order to trust.
3) “What matters is that he or she believes he is real. It is their faith that counts.”
Suddenly he makes an absolute statement. Now qualifiers like, “maybe, a lot, for that person,” are all gone. He makes an unqualified, OBJECTIVE conclusion – based on qualified, SUBJECTIVE premises!
The trap is sprung. Listeners didn’t feel they could disagree with the premises, therefore they now feel they must agree with the conclusion.
Unless they’re like me, and get really, really annoyed by this kind of manipulative scripting!