An Atheists View


This was an article recently published in the week-end lift out of a paper. I suppose it’s a classic example of how the world attempts to eviscerate the biblical account and flip everything upside down. With a stoic indifference the androgynous star gives a few of his views on what he thinks the bible is about.

Ecclesiastes 5-1:3
Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.
For a dream comes through much activity,
And a fool’s voice is known by his many words

Tim’s Minchin’s views on the existence of God are well known. The Australian entertainment all-rounder-comedian, songwriter, musical theatre star – has possibly got more laughs out of his atheism than anyone on the planet. Along with his stand-up rountines on the subject, he makes his views plain in Thank You God:

I assumed there was no God at all but now
I see that’s cynical
It’s simply that his interests aren’t
Particularly broad
He’s largely undiverted by the
Starving masses,
Or the inequality between the
Various classes
He gives you strictly limited passes,
Redeemable for surgery or
Two-for-one glasses.

Minchin says he would have no problems playing Jesus Christ or God if called on. He is an actor after all. But Judas Iscariot, the lead role he plays in the UK arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar, touring Australia this month, is a part he can really sink his teeth into.

“I don’t mind the Bible as a story,” he says from his home in London. “If you are going to tell me the Bible is a reason to hate gays I will punch you in your face.

“If you tell me the Bible is an interesting book of allegories and that along with Shakespeare’s work and Dickens’s, it’s a good text to draw from then I say fine.

“If you are going to create a musical out of it and you want me to play God, then good. As it turns out of course, Jesus Christ Superstar is an atheist musical, it is utterly godless.

“It places Judas at the centre of it and all he is trying to do is keep this mission on task, helping the poor and downtrodden while Jesus is getting wrapped up in this messianic bullshit.

“He gets so frustrated that his old friend won’t talk to him that he dobs him in to try to shake things up. Upon witnessing how badly he is treated by the authorities, he feels so guilty that he kills himself.

“There is no God in Jesus Christ Superstar. Who comes back from the dead? It’s not Jesus, it’s Judas who comes back and sings a satirical rock song…”

At which point, Minchin pauses for breath, then says: “I can talk, can’t I?”

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