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.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, c2009
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 R382c
Language Note: In English with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Charles, Larry 1956-
Maher, Bill

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 11, 2019

Bill Maher questions religion, and all the biblical characters. He was in the right to expose religious fraud. Bill reveals some of the truth about these religions because it is the old way of governing, but Bill honestly admits, “I mean that is what I am here promoting. It is my product. The other guys are selling certainty not me.” So what is Bill’s product? He loves to mock religious institutions, but he conveniently forgets to include himself. He would have gotten a perfect 5. He forgets to share that yes he too has a religion, just as much as his counterparts. He appears once a week in front of our television screen just like the television preachers he exposes. On his television show, he is well-dressed like Jeremiah, but strangely in his documentary, he metaphorically dressed like a poor man. Bill is like a pastor who preaches his ideologies to the public including his desire for depopulation, his love for perversion, and his aggressive deep raging hate towards children. The only thing that sets him apart from his counterparts is his foul and unholy language. His congregation makes the audience cheer, clap, and shower him with praises once a week like a religion. He is the puppet master, and his audience the servants. His place of worship is called Real Time. Bill has his own panel (that resembles his altar) of invited guests that worship his ideology (like the cardinals and bishops of his own institution) and if his guests go against his ideology, he will put you in the right place just like any other great preacher. He listens to their confessions as he interviews his guests. His segment is called New Rules, which resembles his version of the Ten Commandments. He also claims that he believes in a combination of apathy and atheism. The mindset of atheism is the death of care and he simply doesn’t care. But he fails to educate us on atheism in his documentary. Atheists believe there is no God or Creator and believe that man is God on Earth because of the desire to become a deity and Bill is a deity in his own circles who supports extreme left wing politics. Bill forgets to truly address Satanism. I know he interviewed an ex-Satanist priest who converted to Christianity, but he could have addressed the religion just as he did with the Christians. His agenda is completely smothered all over the film. He mocked the Christians more than any other religion. Did he avoid the discussion of Satanism because he has a little secret under his belt? Satanism and Atheism are connected. Bill was in fact right when he explained that Jesus’s story was based on Mithras, Horus, and Krishna. But, I am surprised he failed to mention that there was a Pagan Roman Emperor by the name of Constantine who hijacked Christianity with the sun worshipping cults of Mithraism and Sol Invictus. Bill also could have went into the origins of Islam and Judaism just a little more. The three religions he focuses on are all based on astro-theology, something he fails to point out. If you are smart use the library. The library has knowledge. I believe all forms of education bring wisdom. Education and knowledge can enlighten billions. 3.5/5. @janmarrow1225 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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heidiup1
Oct 25, 2017

Interesting but rather disrespectful at times.

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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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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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