Religulous

Religulous

DVD - 2009
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Comedian and TV host Bill Maher takes a pilgrimage across the globe on a mind-opening journey into the ultimate taboo: questioning religion. Meeting the high and low from different religions, Maher asks questions, like 'Why is faith good?' and more.
Published: [United States] : Lionsgate, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD 211 REL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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IrishMoon
Oct 24, 2015

Very thought provoking film. I minored in religion at a well know religious liberal arts college, where I was encouraged to explore, question, and make up my own mind about all religions, rather than simply accept as fact, the teachings and writings of ANY religious leader or book. In this film, Bill Maher also explores the questioning process through his own brand of humor laced with sarcasm. Whether or not you agree with his beliefs and conclusions, if you are questioning at all, or want to understand what leads others to question, this is a great film to watch! I highly recommend it.

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Adelheid
Oct 22, 2015

He is right on all counts, all wars and discontent arise from religion,

carnett1 May 15, 2015

If not God then why not Mythology?

Is there a difference between atheism and narcissism? I guess not.

Quimeras May 13, 2015

Sometimes funny and sometimes thought-provoking.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

“Grow up or die” is Bill Maher’s admonition as he travels throughout The U.S. and Israel observing how religious fanaticism can be found at the root of most of the world’s evils whether it be simple bigotry or a bloody jihad. Maher not only pisses on the various altars he encounters, he breaks them up and uses them for kindling. He mercilessly skewers the hypocrisy, contradictions and outright bullshit that constitutes “fundamentalism”.....whether he’s interviewing the curator of the world’s first “Creationism Museum” or chatting up the uneducated yahoos at a “Truckers Chapel”. From the science-fiction delusions of Scientology to the serpentine rhetoric of Islam no one is above reproach. The problem with obeying the “Voice of God”, he concludes, is that it usually turns out to be the self-serving voice of man... At times “Religulous” seems more of a stand-up routine than a serious documentary, but you’ll be laughing so hard you won’t care. Michael Moore doesn’t even come close.

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VRMurphy
Dec 09, 2013

Smart, funny and thought-provoking - does it get any better?! I specifically like how he treats the believers with respect, even while poking fun at the more ... silly ... aspects of the traditional stories.

LMOH Sep 20, 2013

Entertaining; reminds me how tiresome religion is! Maher's a little annoying though, because he doesn't let people finish speaking and he obviously has an agenda. Pretty funny in some places!

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LibraryUser53
Jul 29, 2013

Comedian Bill Maher defends his homophonic thesis -- that "religious" equates to "ridiculous" -- by traveling the world, at each stop interviewing someone supposedly in the know, then flippantly, and often meretriciously, pointing out inconsistencies in the theology of that person's particular religion. Interesting idea, entertaining at times, but overall Mr. Maher gets caught up in too many places, too many details, too much cherry picking of evidence; his commentary is unfocussed, his ideas all over the place, he seems tired and lacking in energy, and overall he fails to make his case. It's not that his aim is bad, or his methods faulty; it's that he's aiming at the wrong target. He would have achieved more had Galileo drew up the story board for the film: i.e "Science is about how the heavens go, and religion is about how to go to heaven". Mr. Maher would have achieved more had he instead focused in detail on a few example cases where, in Mr. Maher's view, the inappropriate use of religion has been damaging to people and society.

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mexicanadiense
Jul 11, 2013

This film was an amusing enough polemic, though I agree with some other commenters that Maher detracts from his own cause by interviewing only some of the dimmest or most easily provoked proponents of their respective faiths. It makes for good comedy, no question, but it also makes him come across as a bit of an elitist bully. Also, involving zealots like Geert Wilders, however briefly, does not help his credibility in my view.

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cmlnetatshawdotca
Mar 20, 2013

a must view to thinking people.... a critical and humorous documentary by Maher at religions. He exposed the religion business and franchise, money grubbing pastors and also some sophisiticated Catholic priests at the Vatican.

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peppertoo
Mar 01, 2011

Bill Maher: See, this is my problem, I'm trying - I mean, you're - you're a Senator. You are one of the very few people who are really running this country. It worries me that people are running my country who think - who believe in a talking snake. Um...
Mark Pryor: [Arkansas' Democratic Senator] You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate, though.
[chuckles]

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peppertoo
Mar 01, 2011

Bill Maher: [Megiddo, Israel] It seems peaceful, but this is where a lot of people believe the world will end. The irony of religion is that because of its power to divert man to destructive courses, the world actually could come to an end.

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peppertoo
Mar 01, 2011

Bill Maher: And I see you've got a lot of bling.
Jeremiah Cummings: I like gold. The people want you to look well.
Bill Maher: That's what pimps say about their women.

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LibraryUser53
Jul 29, 2013

Comedian Bill Maher travels to many locations all around the US and the world, talking to people about their religious beliefs. Fundamentalist Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Scientologists, and Muslims are all included. Mr. Maher attempts to point out logical inconsistencies in the various theologies. And at times, somewhat irreverently.

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