Watch “Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life | RTÉ One” on YouTube

Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life | RTÉ One:

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15 thoughts on “Watch “Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life | RTÉ One” on YouTube”

  1. I love Stephen Fry, and I love his response. Why not the Greek gods? I really have no idea if divinity really exists. I do know that it is very human to look for and attribute meaning. Meaning is what I seek. Meaning is what I find. Whether or not that meaning really exists? I do not know. I question. I seek.

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    1. Yoh, and he went machine gun rapid fire about it. I swear he must be the most eloquent human ever. And old Gay Byrne’s face bahahahahaha …. he’s been on RTÉ forever. He was just stunned lol.

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      1. He’s outwardly religious (Gaybo, I mean!!) and having watched the man for many many years, I understand that look!! He’s not very forgiving of “unbelievers’… I could go on but I won’t. What I will say was how fantastically well Stephen looks and sounds… He is obviously in the best place of his life for a long line time…. newly married, solidly medicated… Its actually wonderful to see and hear… Go Stevo!!! Go Stevo…..!!!

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  2. First off Stephen stole Monty Python’s title.
    Second off he has attempted to answer the question everyone has asked. According to the Bible “we” brought on sickness, death, and pain ourselves, we being Adam and Eve, when we disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, thus bringing on death, pain, sickness, etc. God does not claim to be all loving. Modern religions say He is but anyone who’s read the Bible knows that He doesn’t claim that. He says He is just and that there are consequences for everything. One example is David who commits adultery with Bathsheba and murders her husband when Bathsheba gets pregnant. David’s sin is wiped out (his slate, so to speak) when he seeks forgiveness but – “the tragic death of David’s son is a consequence of David’s sin, but it is not the penalty David deserves for his sin… David deserves to die, on two counts: adultery and murder. But … David’s sin has been “taken away.” The death of this child is a painful consequence of David’s sin, but it is not punishment for his sin, per se. That punishment has been taken away, borne by the Lord Jesus Christ.” (

    Is it right or fair? not in human eyes but according to the Bible it is just in God’s eyes. Say my grandchild got cancer and died, it could be punishment for my sin (I have plenty) – or punishment for my child’s sin – but wait a minute. God says it doesn’t necessarily work that way – In reference to the blind man whose sight Jesus restored: “Jesus answered , Neither hath this man sinned , nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:3) God received glory when the man’s sight was restored.

    But ugh, where is the glory when a child dies a torturous death!!! I have seen that in some families but they still experience the agony and confusion when it happens. And years later the pain – yet they still believe and have hope in God. Don’t think I could do that myself …

    So what if we say for example that the effect of a nuclear bomb so long ago causes cancer, not just in kids but in all of us – affecting our genes, etc. Some theorize this. Does this remove God’s part in it? We know that He could step in and take care of it – He could answer prayer in that way instead of allowing the child to die. But often He doesn’t. Why? There is the question that has plagued all mankind for centuries :(

    But not liking what He does/has done doesn’t zap Him out of existence or provide us with an alternate god or reality (and I am not arguing against anyone’s theology, just speaking from my own belief) There is a movie called City of Angels in which Dennis Franz’s character, Nathaniel Messinger, says: “Some things are true whether you believe ’em or not.” I agree with him; that whether I’m wrong or right, whatever is true is true. I can’t change it just because I don’t like it. So Fry’s brave stance that he doesn’t want to be with a God who would be so cruel, he would rather “pick another god/gods,” I don’t think that’s an option. I don’t blame him for saying so, but what is, is. We’re kinda stuck w/ what is true.

    There, happy now?

    ;) I was not all that depressed I guess, just lazy (sometimes what is true, is true)

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