The Unbelievers – review

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This evening I saw the world premier of The Unbelievers, a documentary that follows a speaking tour of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. As a super added bonus, Dawkins and Krauss were there and spoke and answered questions after the screening. Wow, am I starry eyed over Richard Dawkins! He is perhaps the most well known evolutionary biologist alive. I’ve read three of his books (The Selfish Gene, Extended Phenotype, and The God Delusion) and they are of my favorite books ever. I find his clarity of thought and consistent brilliance inspiring and enlightening. Anyways, on to the film.

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The director of the Unbelievers said before the showing that it was a “rock ‘n roll tour film”. This of course makes Krauss and Dawkins the rock stars–I think that designation is appropriate! The witty charisma of Dawkins and Krauss were the primary strength of the film, which essentially is a series of soundbites of them talking about religion, science, and atheism. (I would have preferred to see more deep conversations and debates because this approach was fairly superficial, but I suppose athiest evolutionary biologist (like myself) are not the target audience.) At one point Dawkins is shown debating an Australian priest on TV and the priest asked something like “if evolution is non-random can you explain how it results in life”. Dawkins immediately answers, with his British wit, “of course I can, it is my life’s work”. The audience cheered.

The films follow Krauss and Dawkins as they speak at halls, conventions, and other events. A common theme was the general distrust and disregard of atheist in societies. For example, they discuss a poll where atheist are as distrusted as rapist! Gesh, no wonder why only one member of congress has admitted to being atheist.  The final speech by Krauss was at an atheist rally attended by 8,000-10,000 people in Washington DC. Never heard about it? Well, apparently not a single major news outlet covered it.

 

Written By: Nash Turley
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    • In reply to #1 by Nodhimmi:

      That Australian ‘priest’ was Cardinal George Pell of Sydney who is apparently completely ignorant of evolution and much else besides.

      on the day after, in canberra, krauss explained to the audience that what struck him about pell was that he was completely devoid of intellect, and knowledge of both religion and science. pell always strikes me as being the religious leader equivalent of george w. bush – completely devoid of intellect, and as thick as two bricks when it comes to the rest of life.

  1. Despite a rather lack luster review in the Globe and Mail, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/the-unbelievers-an-atheist-road-show/article11477385/, the crowd in Toronto were very enthusiastic about the Unbelievers! After waiting in the rain, in a line the ran down the street and around the block they whole heartedly embraced the film by packing the theatre and by cheering and chanting during the many humours moments in the film!
    The film makers did a good job in peeling back the mystery and awe that surrounds these two thinkers and showing them as approachable, engaged and passionate. I am sure that there will be individuals who may have found the film to be too assertive or aggressive in its criticism of religion, however as a former Chaplain and the Executive Director of the Clergy Project, I think that film struck the right balance. In my opinion, it maneuvered well between calling out religious belief and its unsubstantiated criticisms of science and secularism with Pr. Dawkins and Krauss’s desire to open minds and to stimulating thinking in those who may be accustom to acquiescing thought in favour of religious dogma.
    The Q & A that followed the viewing was very congenial; it was apparent that the crowd believed in The Unbelievers.

  2. Cardinal George Pell was on Australian 60 Minutes a few weeks back, where he admitted to offering hush money to victims of child abuse by priests dating back decades, ‘so as to spare them the burden of going through the court process [and, of course, keeping the matters quiet for the benefit of his church's public image]‘ (I’m paraphrasing; but VERY closely …). And yet atheists are considered untrustworthy in polls?! (this must be a US poll, BTW … ?!). I’m very proud to be an Australian atheist, and to be raising and improving the profile of atheists whilst tackling some of the social issues arising from religous influence … http://www.atheismsa.org/http://www.atheismsa.org/media-releases/:)

    • In reply to #5 by kman79:

      Cardinal George Pell was on Australian 60 Minutes a few weeks back, where he admitted to offering hush money to victims of child abuse by priests dating back decades, ‘so as to spare them the burden of going through the court process [and, of course, keeping the matters quiet for the benefit of his…

      Any links to that coverage ?

  3. Anyone else out there surprised there is only 1 review of this film? Is that possible, 48 hours after the film by the Top Thinker in the World, and there is a one paragraph review by the Toronto Globe and Mail, and that’s it?

    There are currently exactly 0 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Did they not invite any press? I saw the CNN video, but really thats it. The TVO video is excellent, but not really the global profile that is deserved.

    I’m hopeful the film will shake things up, and get people thinking. Hoping people will hear about it. I know I sound like I am complaining. I’m not. But hopeful there is a public awareness strategy.

    Can’t wait to see it.

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