What Is God?
Last year, Bill Maher made a documentary on religion, with the expected results. Of Religulous, Prisco wrote:
Bill Maher just doesn’t know. And that’s why Religulous is less of a documentary and more of an interactive concert film where he goes around belittling religious zealots in the effort of spreading the gospel of purported truth. He spends the entire movie berating his interviewees with a smug sense of superiority without once listening to them. Essentially, his message is that religions are dangerous and stupid because people use them not as a crutch, but as a cannon, even though most of their arguments for doing so are nothing more than smoke and bullshit.
Now, a man named Peter Rodger has put together a documentary exploring God the way it should be explored: Without insults, belittlement, or mockery. We tend to mock Christian fundamentalism ourselves, but I don’t think any of us — even the many atheists among us — are anti-religion. We respect religious beliefs as long as they aren’t used to kill or divide.
Oh My God!, at least judging from the trailer, examines religion from the perspective of those who believe, including a few celebrities (Hugh Jackman, Ringo Starr, David Copperfield). Naturally, because Rodger is only asking a question — “What is God to you?” — Oh My God certainly won’t do the business that Maher’s doc did. But at least it’s honest, it aims to provoke thought, and it doesn’t seem to have an agenda.
Check out the trailer. It’ll tug at your heart. It may not do any business in theaters, but it does look like the sort of movie that will do well through Netflix’s Instant Watch.