The Almost-Atheist Christmas
I like old weird films. I have no idea why. I guess it’s just a personality defect. I recently came across one that fits both the season and this blog perfectly. Supposedly it was originally called “The Santa Claus Suit”, but the beginning of the film is missing, so I can’t be sure.
I’m guessing this thing is from the 1950s, because they would have needed a lot of cheap content for TV in those days. It’s ten minutes long. I hope you can spare the time to watch it with us.
It’s about two puppets, Stripe and Spot. Stripe is using his brain and questioning dogma, instead of just taking everything on faith. If Stripe would just follow things to their logical conclusion, he could become an atheist. Instead, he fails the final test and retreats into the demon-haunted world.
The filmmakers clearly had an agenda here. Stripe says that if he can’t see it, it isn’t real. This is the sort of faux atheism argument put forth by theists who want to disprove atheism.
Stripe should not have been saying “If I can’t see it, it isn’t real.” Instead, he should have been saying “If I can’t measure it, it isn’t real.” All of the examples given in the film (electricity, wind, heat, and God) can be subjected to this test.