I don’t know much about Russell Brand save that he is a comedian, was married to Katy Perry, and has a reputation for both anti-capitalistic views and being fairly intellectual for a show business personality. But I don’t know how justified that reputation is. Judging by this YouTube video, in which Brand defends God against Stephen Fry’s recent attack on the Abrahamic God on Gay Byrne’s television show, Brand isn’t all that thoughtful.
Although he uses a lot of big words, Brand’s arguments for God’s existence are scattered and unconvincing. They include the ubiquitous “fine tuning” argument, the fact that science can’t answer “why questions” (so what?), that there must be a Big Consciousness behind all our little consciousnesses that unifies them, and that everything is connected.
In other words, Brand’s tirade in this video is a mixture of Deepak Chopra and John Haught. Oh, and there’s a little atheist-bashing at 9:20 when Brand implies that atheists would have a hard time justifying helping their fellow humans, and that we must have some spirituality to “save the planet.”
I don’t really want to dissect this 10-minute video further, as it’s just an incoherent rant, perhaps fueled by SUBSTANCES. But whatever nascent respect I had for the man melted away after I saw this: