Interview: Agnostic filmmaker Morgan Spurlock goes ‘Inside’ Sunday Assembly

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Morgan Spurlock at the world premiere of 'Mansome' at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Photo by David Shankbone, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

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Morgan Spurlock of 'Super Size Me' and 'Inside Man' speaks with RNS about his agnosticism and why he is hosting Nashville's "godless congregation" Sunday Assembly affiliate.

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    need one here in texas..

  • Your interview with Mr. Spurlock sort of reminded me of what I encountered in my military career. I was raised and baptized an Episcopalian, but in my teenage years, my family stopped going to church when we moved. The rash of phony televangelists back then and then my living in Thailand with all its sexual temptations made me doubt. I was married to a Thai and a Korean who had very good, non-Christian family members as far as I knew. And I was at the point Mr. Spurlock is now, thinking all religions and people are basically the same and that all people are basically good. But then I started studying history, economics and social history, after I retired from the Air Force and went back to college, and came to a rather irrefutable fact. The democratic capitalist model, which has done more to end strife and lift humanity out of grinding poverty than any secular, progressive/socialist/Marxist model came from the implementation of core Christian ideas, namely: equality, individual liberty, a distrust of human nature, and a sanctity for human life. Specifically, equality comes from the Christian tenet that all are equal before God no matter what their talents, education or accomplishments. This conflicts with secular progressivism’s idea that ordinary folk cannot be trusted on certain things such as how to live their lives, raising their children and especially regarding owning firearms. Individual liberty comes from the Christian belief that life is a test of our free will which requires individual freedom, which was widely preached by American pre-revolutionary clerics, particularly by those in the First Great Awakening, twenty years earlier. Capitalism is just applying individual liberty to economics. A distrust of human nature, enshrined in our checks and balances comers from the Christian idea that we are born into sin or as St. Paul said, “All fall short. None are righteous, not one.” This is probably the sharpest delineation between left and right in politics and between the world’s religions today. And finally, Christians believe human life is sacred because we are made in God’s image. This conflicts with the secular progressive idea that we are just another animal hence expendable, through abortion, euthanasia, rationed medical care, or in Communist purges, which killed millions. Some will say well, Japan, is doing pretty good without Christianity, except that democracy was imposed on them literally at the point of American bayonets at the end of WWII. So, maybe if Mr. Spurlock’s pride permits, his spiritual journey will continue.

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  • Mike

    There are lots of Humanist/Freethinker/Agnostic/Atheist/Secular type groups here in Texas, but we’re not very well known (or very well thought of by most of the general population, sadly). Try looking on Facebook for a group in your area. I know there’s a group in Waco and another in east Texas. I’m sure there are several in the larger cities.