An atheist comedy? Why not.

*Warning – This column is taking a poke at religion, God, atheists and… Humanity in general. If one experiences anger over the topic, I am sorry. Not about what I am writing, but that you never got your fair share of humor as a child.*

Comedian Ricky Gervais is “God” in the new HBO series “Afterlife.” The plot is simple. An atheist dies and ends up in heaven and meets God. Not a Christian, Jewish or Muslim God; not as the Jews Christians and Muslims understand their god. Gervais writes on his blog:

He’s a slightly different God to the one you may have seen in ‘Bruce Almighty’ and other Hollywood films. He’s an arrogant, wisecracking son of a bitch, who thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. (So another stretch for me as an actor then.) He likes atheists deep down though. Or rather he likes good atheists. He admires the fact that they were moral people even though they didn’t believe they would ever be rewarded with everlasting life. 

Afterlife will outrage a small minority of American Christians because to them atheists are in league with the Devil. 

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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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