Woody Allen and Billy Graham Talk Religion, Morality, and Sex

It’s hard to imagine a more fascinating encounter. Two men, from worlds that couldn’t be further apart, met together on national television in front of a live audience. One, a New York comedian and playwright who, in many ways, represented a culture of nihilism, instant gratification, and neurotic self-focus. The other, a revivalist evangelical preacher born on a dairy farm in North Carolina.

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Decades later, Woody Allen would later reflect on their meeting in 1969:

“Years ago I was on television with Billy Graham and I was taking this position, this bleak outlook position and Billy Graham was saying to me that even if I was right and he was wrong, and there was no meaning to life and it was a bleak experience and there was no god and no afterlife or no hope or anything, he would still have a better life than me, because he believed differently and even if he was 100 percent wrong, our lives would both be completed and I would have had a miserable life wallowing in a bleak outlook and he would have had a wonderful life, confident that there was more.”

[via Denny Burk]

 

2 replies
  1. simong says:

    What Woody Allen says is very poignant; not believing in a god who loves you can be a negative experience, and believing delusions can be apositive one.
    I can recommend the writings and studies of David Sload Wilson: Beliefs and religions are often evolved because they are selectively advantageous, not necessarily because they are factually true. Look at the positive effects of religions of all sorts the world around and the very real value that they give people. And yet most of them arey false.

  2. Bnonn says:

    Beliefs and religions are often evolved because they are selectively advantageous, not necessarily because they are factually true.

    Unfortunately for you, that cuts both ways.

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