The Unbelievers Movie Review

Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.

What The Unbelievers lacks in entertainment and excitement, it makes up for in brilliance.

The Unbelievers is essentially a compilation of some of the great international appearances of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the importance of science and logic.

Although the movie is not particularly exciting, it still manages to hold your attention because it is hard to turn away from some of the smartest minds of our time. If you enjoy intelligent discussion between great minds, you will absolutely adore this movie. I also highly recommend The Four Horsemen, a discussion between Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennet, and Harris. I also highly recommend The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

“People have the right to believe anything but I have the right to find their beliefs ridiculous” – Ricky Gervais

Rather than pick apart the cinematic elements of a documentary (there are not many), I thought I would summarize some of the great points presented in the film:

  •  It should not be taboo to debate religion. EVERYTHING should be open to healthy debate and open to question.
  • Science is beautiful. Nature is beautiful. The whole world and universe is mesmerizing. You don’t need religion to see that.
  • Atheists, humanists and agnostics are far more common than they seem. People should not be afraid to share their love for science and reason and be open about their beliefs.
  • Early Christians were called atheists by the Romans because they didn’t believe in “all of the gods”. Modern atheism is just the believe in one less god than everyone else.
  • Every believer is largely a disbeliever. Someone who believes in Allah, for example, disbelieves in numerous other gods.
  • Inherent in most religions are undertones (or overtones) of misogyny, racism, homophobia and other broad prejudices.
  • The internet allows people to discover science and logic that they would have otherwise been “shielded” from.
  • Religion is slowly dying and has begun it’s death throes. Like a dying animal, it will lash out (think intense middle eastern violence).
  • The goal is for one day to look at “yahweh” and other modern gods as just as illogical as Zeus and other previously gods that are now deemed illogical.
  • Some say that atheists are arrogant in understanding where we come from via our scientific pursuits. However, it is much more arrogant to think that the whole world/universe was created for us.

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