Wednesday, March 26, 2008


According to Entertainment Weekly, Daniel Plainview is one of the 50 most vile movie villains of all time. This is impossible. Anyone who has seen There Will Be Blood knows he's movie's hero. The villain was Eli Sunday who eventually gets his comeuppance when Plainview shows him the business end of a bowling pin. The whole damn world is against the atheist.


Anonymous said...

i almost fell off my rocker when i read that article too! "holly" shit, what is wrong with people!! Everyone one of my (rational) friends whether theist or not were scared shitless of the christian kid, and we all cheered in the theater when he was, uh, eliminated from position (tee hee).
Im right there with you on this article, seriously, I thought it was a misprint.
(the only way he could be the bad guy was being a bad father, and killing his fake brother, but f--k! thats almost normal these days)

ps. oh how would you teach your classes if all the students were atheist clayton? would you just all agree the whole time or would you pretend you were hard core theist like the kids are in your classes?

Clayton said...

I guess I'd teach my classes pretty much the same if most of my students were atheist. My first instinct is just to say that whatever someone says in class is subject to objection and try to work through the objections. Naturally since no one seems to be atheist, the objections tend to be objections to theism--until people look sad or upset in which case I quickly switch sides. Things would pretty much continue on as they do.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a ubiquitous bias against atheism in Hollywood. I'm almost positive that there's no major Hollywood film in which atheism is portrayed in a positive light. Typically, atheism seems to be viewed as the result of a tragic event in the life of a character. The absence of belief in God, then, is simply an obstacle that the character has to overcome. I guess it's not surprising that most studios want to portray belief positively when 83% of this nation self-identifies as believers.

Anonymous said...

The main character in "Contact" is a sympathetically-treated atheist (though there is some theistic apologist crapola at the end).

Anonymous said...

sounds good to me. i talked to one of your "very christian" students today at lunch and he said that even though you object to him a lot (like with problem of evil, blah blah) and he doesnt agree with you, he really likes your way of teaching and he feels he "thinks" more about what he believes in.
so, props to you!