Gervais’ rant on religion in Dawkins row exposed: ‘Fortunate we were born before fossils’

Mr Gervais, celebrated TV icon and star of hit shows such as The Office and After Life, rejected the belief of Christianity in a swipe as he dissected the topic alongside fellow atheist Mr Dawkins. Mr Dawkins is highly regarded for his assertive take on atheism and their in depth chat reviewed how those like themselves were deemed “bleak and cold” for their scientific beliefs. Talking while in a deserted church, Mr Dawkins explained that humans were “on a cloud, orbiting the Sun” knowing that “it’s all going to be destroyed one day”.

He argued that this acknowledgement was not bleak, while Mr Gervais added: “There’s no god-fearing person of any religion who feels as much awe as me when I see a mountain or a tree, or the star or anything in science and nature and art, I don’t buy it.

“I just don’t buy it. The fact that this is a miraculous mistake.”

Mr Dawkins interjected: “And you and I are privileged to be here to enjoy it even if it’s for a short time, that’s wonderful.”

Mr Gervais then swiped: “Oh yeah, it’s good that we were born after they discovered fossils and dinosaurs isn’t it?”

Mr Dawkins then explained that it was good that “we were born at all”.

It isn’t the first time Mr Gervais has been critical of those who argue against atheism.

The term is described as being a “disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods”.

Mr Gervais, who is also a major force in the battle for animal rights across the globe, criticised those who claim atheism is a form of arrogance in another chat.

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He explained that among some of the biggest misconceptions about his beliefs were likening it to Satanism, or even defining atheism as there being “belief there is no God” as opposed to understanding it as a lack of belief.

The star added when talking to Nicky Clarke in 2015: “A particularly annoying one is that atheism is smug or arrogant.

“What can be more arrogant than believing that the same God who didn’t stop the Holocaust will help you pass your driving test?”

Throughout his career, Mr Gervais has sought to defend himself and his beliefs following major rows in the past, especially when people cite arrogance among atheists.

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In a similar admission, Mr Gervais also tore into those on Twitter who criticise him for publishing his opinions and beliefs.

He told Variety in 2017 that social media meant as you became more famous “the more access people get to you”, which he argued meant you became more hated or loved as a result.

The star added: “But that’s no reason to not still give your opinion and tell the truth. It’s never worried me to have a popular or unpopular view.

“One of my favourite tweets I’ve ever got said, ‘Everyone’s entitled to believe what they want, so shut up about your atheism.'”

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