The Almost-Atheist Christmas

If Santa doesn't exist, then...

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.

One Response to “The Almost-Atheist Christmas”

  1. ParrotLover77 Says:

    Even short of being able to measure it, you should at least include the other senses. You can FEEL heat, wind, and even electricity. In fact, you only need one more sense (touch) to sense the three things used in that video’s examples. Lame.

    Also, I’m not sure being able to measure something is complete. There may be things that very well exist — other universes, for example. Being stuck in our own makes it (currently) exceedingly difficult to measure anything about them.

    I think a better gauge would be, “if it can’t be falsified, it isn’t real.” Or, the more politically correct version, “if it can’t be falsified, the impact of its existence is equivelent to non-existence.” (The latter is the more agnostic Carl Saganish approach of the invisible dragon in your garage may exist, but it effects us in the same way as if it doesn’t exist and the belief in it serves no more benefit than the non-belief in it.)