Following his closing joke on the Golden Globes, where he thanked God he was an atheist, Ricky Gervais is teaming up with Clyde Phillips, of Dexter fame, to develop a new comedy provisionally called Afterlife. It deals with a situation where an atheist dies and goes to heaven. Like the movie Ricky directed, The Invention of Lying, the idea really appeals to me. I think Atheists and Apathists alike would have a far greater chance of entering heaven than many proclaimed religious people. Sounds promising, but we will have to wait to find out how good it is. It is at a very early stage and will most likely air next year. Congratulations also to Ricky for being nominated for an Emmy for hosting the Golden Globes. Read more on his blog.
Dear Leicester City Council,
Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie invasion? Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils throughout the kingdom must prepare for.
Please provide any information you may have.
Of course, under the freedom of information act, the council was obliged to supply whatever information they had on the subject, which was very little. Even though most of the people there believe in God, life after death and other strange things, they do not seem to be taking the zombie threat seriously. The head of information governance, Lynn Wyeth, even said that they laughed at the letter. I would urge all readers to write similar letters and send them to their local council or representative. Make sure you mention the freedom of information act, so they will be compelled to investigate. We need a disaster recovery plan, should the zombies attack.
A recent poll by CNN found that 61% of Americans believe that Osama bin Laden is burning in hell. Only 5% said that they do not believe in hell. It always amazes me that so many Christians, who follow the message of love from Jesus, believe in a God that would have a soul tormented for all eternity rather than offering oblivion. Yes, there is a loving God who wants me to love him, but if I choose not to believe he will roast me forever. A recent book “Love Wins”, by Rob Bell a pastor of Mars Hill bible church in Michigan, addressed this very issue. Another pastor, Chad Holtz, of a Methodist Church in North Carolina wrote a note in Facebook, backing this book. Two days later following complaints from members of the church, Chad was dismissed from his position. Get the full story in the Times Free Press.
Personally, I believe that hell was invented by the church to help control people. If there is a God who torments souls forever, He doesn’t sound like the kind of being I could love. If I’m wrong, I’ll see you in hell.