My Is Belief in God a Basic Instinct?

For those of you that haven’t seen it, you can view my appearance on here.

I’m not thrilled with it, but I think it’s alright. I’m now free to post vlogs on related subjects, which I’d promised the guys and girls at 4Thought I wouldn’t do. Most of the old material I’ve shown you in my vlogs is from the BBC archives. The BBC has absolutely tons of footage from that period of my life – way more than I have. I spoke to my old contacts at the BBC about doing something to redress the balance of all the rubbish I spewed on BBC2 back in the day. Unfortunately, they’ve all moved on to other things now, but they asked the editors they knew if they’d be interested in letting me make a film based on my earlier footage. No one at the BBC was interested, which is a shame. I’m glad Channel 4 gave me a chance to say something, even if I didn’t get to construct a real argument.

About jonnyscaramanga

I grew up as a Christian fundamentalist in the UK. Now I am writing a book and blog about what that's like, and what fundamentalists believe.

Posted on November 14, 2012, in Creationism, Faith Schools, Fundamentalism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I planned to watch you last night but then forgot all about it until the wife (uncharacteristically) wanted to watch the program on afterwards, so I caught it anyway – clearly this is god moving in mysterious ways 😉

    As it happens I think you came over quite well – you’ve got the benefit of knowing what else you said while you where there, so *maybe* you said other stuff that was differently interesting than was shown, but the rest of us will never know.

  2. I wonder what the people in your old church think about you these days. My religious friends and family rejected me completely before I became an atheist. I guess they could see the path to reality I was on. In my case they did some character assassination as they lost their grip and now they seem to have forgotten that I ever existed. Have you had much contact with people who knew you when you were a devout believer?

    • Not much. I stopped going to church years before I became an atheist, so I’d lost touch with most of them already.

      The only people I’ve tried to contact are my old ACE teachers, and they won’t speak to me at all. But that’s not so much because of what I believe as because of what I would tell them about themselves.

  3. the video is not playing, its not available to the us yet

    • The link takes you to the 4Thought site; the embedded video is youtube. Have you tried both?

      • The youtube screen says “The uploader has not made the video available in your country.” I’m not sure if that is something that you can fix yourself. However the link does play fine for me, and I presume for others in the USA.

        I thought the video message came across fine. Of course, I have not been through the same experience. I do agree with your final statement, that religion began as an early attempt to understand the world, and that science does it better.

      • okay the link worked. Great video, my faviorate line, was probably the most simplistic in the video.

        “Religion was our first attempt to explain the world. And that now, there are alot of things that are explained by science, which use to be explained by religion, which science explains better.”


  4. veryrarelystable

    The video is just advert after advert. Do you have another link?

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