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Louis Theroux: Born Again Christians, BBC Documentary

In Dallas, Louis meets TV evangelists Marcus and Joni Lamb, and joins a group of hardline Christians called "The Family" as they visit the Deep Ellum entertainment district.

Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends is a television documentary series, in which Louis Theroux gives viewers the chance to get brief glimpses into the worlds of individuals and groups that they would not normally come into contact with or experience up close. In most cases this means interviewing people with extreme beliefs of some kind, or just generally belonging to subcultures not known to exist by most or just frowned upon. It was first shown in the United Kingdom on BBC2. In 2001, Theroux was awarded the Richard Dimbleby Award for the Best Presenter BAFTA for his work on the series.


The Thing That God Can't Do

I can do something that the mythological Abrahamic God can't: I can forgive someone without giving them an ultimatum. Omnipotent my ass. Love is unconditional...God is not.


NOVA: The Bible's Buried Secrets

An archeological detective story traces the origins of the Hebrew Bible.

In this landmark two-hour special, NOVA takes viewers on a scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues today. The film presents the latest archeological scholarship from the Holy Land to explore the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies: Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one Godthe foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islamemerge?

Aired November 18, 2008 on PBS


Sam Harris on Prayer Studies

During the Beyond Belief conference in November 2006, Sam Harris, author of The Moral Landscape, Letter to a Christian Nation and The End of Faith, took in upon himself to expose the ridiculous and painful double standard that liberal religious apologists invoke in defense of the god of Abraham.

Unless every person convinced of the "truth" of their faith is able to recognize this, Sam Harris's work will never be done.


Big Think: Penn Jillette's Bullshit Detector

According to atheist magician Penn Jillette, the most important thing is to feel about things you should feel about -- and think about things you should think about. You should not feel about the speed of light or evolution and you should not think about love. You should feel "I love you," you should think about reality.

Transcript -- You know, my bullshit detector works first of all...if there's something you really want to believe, that's what you should question the most. I don't question bad news very much. I don't question things that go against what I believe very much. But boy, the stuff that I really want to believe, I really question a lot.

Now, I was taught -- I grew up as a Christian. I suppose at some level I wanted to believe someone was watching over me. But when I want to believe something, that's when I want to question it the most. That's when I have to be the most careful. And I feel a little bit disingenuous with that answer because I don't think I any longer want to believe in God. My friend, who I miss very much, Hitch, Christopher Hitchens, said that wanting there to be a god was like wanting to live in North Korea, to give away all of your freedom. And for someone who loves freedom and loves people, I don't think you should hope for God at all.

So I guess my detector on God is that whenever someone uses what they feel as evidence instead of what they think as evidence or what they can prove as evidence, I'm very, very skeptical. The most important thing is to feel about things you feel about -- should feel about -- and think about things you should think about. You should not feel about the speed of light or evolution and you should not think about love. You should feel "I love you," you should think about reality. And when someone says they feel the universe was created by a God, that's nonsense, just like saying, you know, "I've thought about it and maybe I should love you." Don't mix those two.

And a lot of people seem to think that -- that feeling cheapens the science, that if you feel something it cheapens it. And there's not enough said about how it cheapens the emotion. You know, if you're spending your time feeling that the earth was created, instead of... by intelligent design, you should be spending your time feeling love, feeling compassion, feeling generosity and loyalty and all the stuff you should feel in your heart. Even anger, even disappointment. But that doesn't change the world. You should think about the world and feel about your heart.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd


Explain Like I'm Five: Existentialism and Friedrich Nietzsche

A web series inspired by the subreddit Explain Like I'm Five.

Hosts: Michael Kayne and Langan Kingsley
Kids: Gabriella Stein, Ryan Budinick, Toby Altholtz, Christian Cespedes
Directed by Jared Neumark
Written by Jared Neumark and Michael Kayne
Produced by Dan De Lorenzo
Shot by Alonso Homs
Music by Sean Hannigan
Intro Jingle by Doug Widdick


America's Best Christian Pageant

Newly-crowned "America's Best Christian," Mrs. Betty Bowers (Deven Green), gossips-in-Christ about the pageant with rival Sister Darlene (Nadya Ginsberg).


Divine Women: BBCs War of the Words

Hzt Khadija (RA) & Hzt Aisha (RA) are the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Award-winning historian Bettany Hughes discovers how the period known as the Dark Ages was in fact a golden age for a few remarkable women. She finds that education and the written word became vital tools for these women.

First, she looks at Theodora, a prostitute turned empress, who allied herself with Mary the Mother of God to rule over a great Christian empire. Then she looks at the legacy of the wives of the prophet Muhammad, including Hzt Khadija (RA), one of the first converts to Islam and Hzt Aisha (RA), whose words are still read by over two billion men and women today. Bettany also discovers the story of Wu Zetien - a courtesan who harnessed the power of a philosophy, Buddhism, to become the only woman to rule China as emperor.

Finally, Bettany explores the history of St. Hilda, a great educator and wise woman, who presided over the crucial conference, the Synod of Whitby, which decided when Christians in Britain celebrated Easter, and cemented the islands' links with Rome and Europe.

Bettany Hughes concludes that these extraordinary women across the globe used their courage, charisma and sheer brainpower to put the female of the species back in the heart of religion. Their incredible achievements still shape our lives today


The Ten Commandments

Are the biblical Ten Commandments REALLY responsible for our laws and morality, as many Christians claim? Do we owe anything to them at all?

Should they be considered significant? Displayed in public buildings such as schools and courts?