10 Films That Suggest There Is No God
“My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus is quoted as saying while up on the cross. So, if a dude as well connected as the Son of God can wonder about his dad’s neglect, imagine how the rest of us feel?
The topic has been addressed more than a few times in our recent cultural history, not the least of which by film directors desperately trying to either prove the existence of God or do away with Him once and for all.
Curiously, there are precious few films that deal head-on with atheism (excepting noted non-believer Bill Maher’s recent documentary film Religulous), but there’s certainly no lack of films that, we shall say, are highly suggestive that this whole religion thing might just be in our heads.
The Seventh Seal
Gist: Set during the era of the Black Plague, a single knight recently returned from a Crusade, duels the Grim Reaper in a game of chess for his life, as they discuss the existence of God.
Supposed Godlessness: Director Ingmar Bergman, whose longing for God in his films is rarely enacted, chooses to include Death as a character, but if the Grim Reaper knows anything about God, he’s keeping his skeletal mouth shut. Plus, the film is filled with lines such as “Faith is a torment. It is like loving someone who is out there in the darkness but never appears, no matter how loudly you call.”
Counter Argument: Well, we suppose if we’re going to agree that Death can actually appear (and know how to play chess), isn’t anything possible?
Conclusion: If God is out there, He/She isn’t telling.