An atheist lives with a Christian family for 30 days

by Luke Muehlhauser on January 28, 2010 in General Atheism,Video

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Hermes January 28, 2010 at 6:16 am

It requires a login because it is for ‘mature audiences’. might get by that if you don’t want to bother with signing up.


Aeiluindae January 28, 2010 at 6:59 am

Might be interesting, but can’t watch it outside the US. Friggin Hulu.


Lorkas January 28, 2010 at 8:55 am

Hmm… it just made me put in my birthday, not log in.


RA January 28, 2010 at 9:22 am

I watched it when it aired a few years ago. Pretty good. Christians just didn’t know what to make of her. There was another 30 days where a right wing Christian lived with Muslims. That guy was really in for a trip.


MKR January 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

I filled in all the stupid blanks of Hulu’s stupid form, including the stupid words that you have to read off and type back in, and when I clicked the “submit” button it gave me an error message and erased everything that I had typed in; so FUCK HULU.


Erika January 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

I also only had to enter my birthday and then it worked.

I thought there were a couple of particularly interesting things. One was the way the husband in the religious family was unable/unwilling to consider hypothetical questions. He would not answer a question about how he would feel if US money said “There is no God” just saying over and over again something like “Well, it doesn’t say that.”

The other interesting thing was the way that the atheist was very reluctant to commit to beliefs. Maybe she was trying to represent atheists generally. As she correctly points out, atheists in general do not share a common creed. However, the effect was that the religious family, at least in the beginning, accused her of believing in nothing.

Of course, either or both of these cases may have been selective editing. It is reality TV after all.


josef johann January 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

It made me kill my grandfather :(


Laura January 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Yeah, Erika, with 30 days of footage, they showed almost nothing. I thought it was tastefully done. Thanks for posting this, Luke!


lukeprog January 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm

They should do a wife-swap between a Saudi Muslim family and a Dutch atheist family.


MKR January 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

(1) Solution to the Hulu problem: As long as you stick to the embedded video, all you have to do is enter your date of birth. It’s only if you go to the Hulu Web site that you have to register to watch the video.

(2) The video reminds me of the episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and Lisa are put in foster care with the Flanderses. “Everything’s got a creepy Pat Boone-ish quality to it!”

(3) Interesting statement by Michael around 4:30: “I don’t know really where you would base the ultimate moral and ethical values if you don’t look back to the Old Testament and the New Testament.” Has he ever read the Old Testament?


Revyloution January 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I was surprised at the bent of the whole show. Of course I’m biased to my own viewpoint, but it seemed to differ to atheism over Christianity.

I was exceptionally pleased that they showed the true history behind ‘In God We Trust’ on our money, and in the Pledge. I’ve told that story to Christians before who flat out refused to believe me.


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