Douglas Adams: Radical Atheist

The text of this interview can be found at AmericanAtheist.org

Probably my most favorite author ever is Douglas Adams and The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (all 5 books of the trilogy). It’s an interesting explanation of why he’s Atheist instead of Agnostic. I don’t think he understood the point that true Agnostics are atheistic about human-defined gods and therefore agree with much of his reasoning. Agnosticism just does not take the logic all the way to dismissing the possibility of anything supernatural beyond our understanding since we are just simple creatures that are still mostly ignorant about the whole of the universe.

The Origin of God – Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams’ speech at Digital Biota 2 Cambridge U.K., September 1998 as read by Simon Jones, the actor that played Arthur Dent in The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio and TV series.

An oft heard statement by theists “the fact that nearly every civilization in history has independently claimed a belief in god is proof he must exist” It does not prove anything of the sort, but it does prove that in the absense of scientific explainations a creator would seem logical to primitive man. Douglas Adams explains how, and why man invents God.

Mr. Deity Episode 10: Mr. Deity and the Seed

Mr. Deity and Lucy work through a problem while Larry copes with the on-again/off-again nature of their relationship.

This one isn’t one of the best in my opinion but this is apparently the final episode for awhile. Mr. Deity posted this on YouTube:

Hey Everyone!
I just wanted to let you know that we’re taking a break while we’re in negotiations with some people regarding the future of Mr. Deity. There will not be a new episode for a while — until we get things resolved. Sorry for the delay, but this will ultimately be a very good thing for the show. Mr. D

I enjoyed the whole premise of this series and a few of the episode were great. I think I enjoyed it more when it was actually trying to demonstrate an absurd aspect of religion instead of just being absurd for it’s own sake.