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Extras Atheism Subplot

Yesterday I saw the funniest Atheism-related episode ever. It’s from the third episode of Extras, a British sitcom written and directed by atheist Ricky Gervais. Here he is as the lead character, Andy:

Andy: I’m an atheist.

Maggie: What one’s that? Is that the one where you haven’t decided what…

Andy: No, that’s agnostic. I’m an atheist. I firmly believe there is no God.

Maggie: Why?

Andy: Wh… The burden of proof is not on me. The burden of proof is on the people who say there is a God. I don’t believe in God, I believe in science.

Maggie: Do you not believe in anything like ghosts or spirits or anything?

Andy: No, I don’t believe in ghosts or spirits or elves. Certainly not God, no.

Maggie: So what do you think happens when you die?

Andy: Well, if you’re buried, you go in the ground and you’re worm food.

Maggie: See, I don’t like that. I would rather believe that there is a God and your soul just floats away on to eternity. All your friends from school will be there, all the ones you haven’t seen for ages, and all your dead pets and just, like, all nice people. You don’t have to worry about worms.

Andy: You believe in God, then.

Maggie: I think I need to go for a wee.

That’s how they lead into the situation, but how it develops I will not spoil for you. All I can say is it’s even funnier (and a bit more painful) than watching Kate Winslet talk dirty while wearing a nun costume 😉

 
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