Stephen Fry’s controversial thoughts on God


Stephen Fry’s controversial thoughts on God – Interview with Gay Byrne

A 2.24 minute snip of RTE television’s “The Meaning of Life” on Sunday has already gone viral. Before the broadcast was even released it had over 2 million hits. It is now reaching 4 million! Watch Stephen Fry’s controversial thoughts on God interview below. Interviewer Gay Byrne.

Stephen Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. You might know him as the presenter from the hit show QI. He is very well respected for his high intelligence and wit.

In the ‘Meaning of Life’ interview with Gay Byrne, Stephen Fry condemned God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous”, if he were to exist.

The programme “The Meaning of life” is based on public figures perception of life. Why are we here? Why do bad things happen? Is there a God? It is hosted by Irish presenter Gay Byrne, known for his presenting on the popular Late Late Show.

In this clip, Fry is asked by Gay Byrne what he would say to God if he died and had to confront him.

Fry’s imaginary reply was as follows: “How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right.”

“It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”

When asked by Gay what he would do if he was standing at the pearly gates locked out of heaven, Fry says: “I would say, bone cancer in children? What’s that about?”

“Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac. Totally selfish. Do we have to spend our life on our knees thanking him? What kind of god would do that?”

Fry then went on to say…

“Yes, the world is very splendid but it also has in it insects whose whole lifecycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind. They eat outwards from the eyes. Why? Why did you do that to us? You could easily have made a creation in which that didn’t exist. It is simply not acceptable.”

“It’s perfectly apparent that he is monstrous. Utterly monstrous and deserves no respect whatsoever. The moment you banish him, life becomes simpler, purer, cleaner, more worth living in my opinion.”

Controversial to say the least but he does ask the type of questions we’ve all asked ourselves at one point in our lives. Why life can seem so unfair at times and why do such tragic things happen to good people, young people, children, and even babies? It is impossible to understand why things like that happen to human beings who are only starting out in life or who never got a real chance at living.

To sum it all up, he does raise some valid points but I am sure he’s raised heads too with his opinions as religious people might not take too kindly to it. What do you think? Please share your opinion on our Facebook page


In relation to the meaning of life Stephen Fry’s book on Greek Mythology ‘Mythos’ is a riveting read. Mythos is based on Stephen Fry’s retelling of the greatest myths and legends every told. Check it out here.



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