Julia Sweeney – Letting Go Of God (live performance)


Discussion by: woody68

After reading the book and listening to the audio-cd I was very keen to get to see this act in the flesh! Unable to see it live I turned to youtube and finally found it! If you've not seen it then I seriously recommend a viewing. Both enlightening and funny!!


Letting Go of God is a humorous monologue by Julia Sweeney chronicling her search for God. She begins in the Catholic church, the religion her family raised her in, and takes a Bible study class. What she learns there leads her to new questions, and in search for answers she explores meditation, Buddhism and New Age gurus, then describes what she learned from the sciences and from sharpening her critical thinking skills. She discovers that to accept the truth leads to surprising revelations. She concludes by sharing how this effects her family.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!



      • In reply to #2 by Anti-theist preacher:

        found it.. just over two hours.. and the first five mins. did not really grab me ;)

        Five mins? We were given attention spans of longer than that for good reason. Try 10 mins and see how you go from there:)

    • In reply to #1 by Anti-theist preacher:

      before I have a go.. how long is this video?
      Sounds the same as her TED talk, only much longer. I think her TED talk by the same name was about 20 minutes.

  1. Saw it a few years ago and I really enjoyed it. It’s two hours but it’s her chronicling her long, heartfelt, entertaining journey from religious belief to atheist, passing through all the intermediate positions. If you want to skip the preamble of her early life and get to her starting road down the road to disbelief, skip to 7:14 where she talks about a conversation with two Morons that makes her decide her to go back and read the Bible as an adult.

  2. This is full of great material. Favorite so far-

    “Jesus had a really bad weekend for our sins.”

    On discovering science-

    “For the first time knowing too much didn’t ruin it.”

  3. I fell in love with this the first time I heard it. I completely forgot about my experience learning about the “age of reason” and had a flood of memories return after this listening to this show. I really related to her.

    • In reply to #7 by QuestioningKat:

      I fell in love with this the first time I heard it. I completely forgot about my experience learning about the “age of reason” and had a flood of memories return after this listening to this show. I really related to her.

      Just finished and fell in love with it too. She is just about pitch perfect, covers all the bases. This really should be a major RD.net linked resource. Sending it to my kids.

      I’m so pleased to have caught up with it. Many thanks, Woody.

  4. I saw this a while back. It’s pretty good. It does go on a bit long, but it is definitely worth it. If it seems a bit slow at first I suggest you stick with it. It’s a good story of the very slow means that a true believer becomes an atheist a little bit at a time.

    • In reply to #11 by phil rimmer:

      Argh! Is this legit? Is it a rip-off of the Russian rip-off? Its missing its tops and tails that take it to 2hours 10mins.

      No – it just has the opening credits and end credits edited out as they’re irrelevant to the production.

  5. Worth investing 2hrs, to watch this highly entertaining , personal journey. What a shame she wasted so many years deluded by the various fictions of religion.

    Perhaps the story is not 100% original, and she’s just playing a part. It doesn’t matter, as it is the story of many and was delivered so well.

    • In reply to #17 by woody68:

      Sadly – it appears the YT user who uploaded this video has had it removed:( Damn1 I was looking forwaed to watching it again tonight!!

      The first 15 minutes of it are on TED

      Amazon has a DVD for sale – I didn’t even know it was filmed – I just heard the audio version of it.

  6. For me this is such a perfect encapsulation of of the arguments for ditching deities and braving reality that I feel it should be available on the site permanently. Certainly it should be permanently pointed to and encouraged to be purchased via the site from Amazon. (As an aside,why can’t the RDshop sell its own downloads of the various DVDs it has for sale?)

    Whatever, Julia deserves our (financial!) support for honing this to near perfection. This should remain a major source of her income.

    Note the dvd is all region.

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