From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
Julia Sweeney on life after God
August 17, 2005 6:04 PM
Julia Sweeney is cool... not so much a fan of her during the SNL days, but when I first saw "God Said 'Ha!'" about struggling with cancer while her brother did as well, I knew we were on the same page. She's now writing her memoirs "My Beautiful Loss of Faith Story" to be published in 2007. The San Francisco Chronicle has an interview with her:
"It isn't that there aren't wonderful parts to the Bible, but it's just shocking to me that anyone spends their time defending it as anything more than a culturally special book. In terms of really taking it seriously as the word of God, I can't."
When asked about whether being an atheist is itself an act of faith: "To a certain extent I am taking a leap of faith. I'm adding up the evidence on either side, and I'm seeing the evidence of there not being a God is overwhelming compared to the evidence for there being a God. Just like I take a leap of faith with my babysitter, you know?"
"After I stopped believing in God, I realized it was completely up to me to create my own meaning and my purpose was my own."
Contrary to how many look at it... I take comfort in my faith that there is no God.
Julia Sweeney on life after God
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"God Said 'Ha!'" has appeared several times on the Sundance Channel. It's perceptive, moving, and very funny.
Incidentally, for those who have Tivo, the Al Franken Show is also on Sundance. It's condensed to an hour, so it's really the best stuff from each show. Highly recommended.
Wed Aug 17 2005 7:38 PM
I saw Julia Sweeney perform her one-woman show, "Letting Go of God" last March. You can find to a half-hour excerpt at www.thisamericanlife.com (search for Julia Sweeney; she has a few things there). Her actual show was much more upbeat and energetic. Ira Glass reportedly likes to make all the performers talk like him.
Thu Aug 18 2005 1:00 AM
All that you preach is so sad. My own situation is opposite. I was born and raised up in atheistic environment where just a serious mention of God was considered as a sign of a moron or complete ignorance. And I accepted this way and it was my attitude. However after 40, when a person usually gets some experience I have changed it completely. My job made me associate a lot with scientists, very smart and educated people. And when I accumulated information from cosmology, philosophy, biology psychology and other science and meditated on it, I realized that there shouldâve been The Intellect behind all this. I am not going to prove it to you. It would take too much time and would have no effect because your position is emotional. I would say your attitude is weak. I could easily destroy all your arguments using basic logic and common sense considering solid knowledge of course if you have one. And I have noticed that you are not interested in discussion. You prefer one-way communication. Your attitude is another kind of faith, satanic one.
A few decades ago it seemed to me that faith was sign of ignorance. Now I state that atheism, that is another kind of faith, is sign of ignorance. And you have preached exactly this.
Again, it is so sad that you have appointed yourself for destruction. But what is much worse that you try to reach others and destroy them also using you writing talent.
Wed Nov 9 2005 4:35 PM
HI , JULIA ,
& HI , ALEXANDER ,
MAKE IT QUICK & EASY I'M OLDER 20 YRS
THAN U , I TAUGHT THE YOUNG DOCTORS MEDICINE
LIKE NAKI HAMILTON AT CAPE AFRICA , BUT I'M
HERE NOW , GUESS WHAT FIGTHING SATAN , NONSTOP
IF U KNOW WHAT I MEAN !!!?????
GENERALLY SPEAKING CANN'T BLAME HER OR U
SHE ISN'T THE ONLY ONE , NEITHER U
SHE HAS TO COME OUT SOMETIME , ALSO
U , !!!!!
THAT WHAT I'M WAITNG FUR !!!!
DON'T TAKE ME WRONG ,
BELIEVE OR NOT I CAN WRITE A LOT SCRIPTS
FOR , NOT JUST GOD , BUT IN ANY SUBJECTS MAKE
MORE FAMOUS , OR MAKE MYSELF !!!!
BUT SEE U SAID IT CLEAR & SIMPLE
THE INTELLECT & BEHIND !!!!!!
ALEX , U KNOW WHEN THE BEHIND BECOMES
IN THE FRINT & VISEVERSA !!!!!
LIKE THE ALPHA & OMEGA
BUT , SEE SON , FROM MY HEART !!!
I EMAILED HER ,
IF U TIRED OR WEARY JUST COME TO ME !!!
BY NOW ,
GOING TO BED WITHOUT WORRIBG
ABT ANYTHING , I HAD SAT THE
RULES ALREADY , NOT FOR HER
OR U FUR EVERYTHING !!!!
Tue Nov 15 2005 3:52 AM