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'The Unbelievers' documentary film
Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss

Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss
'The Unbelievers' documentary film

Since 2006 Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss have jointly participated in various public presentations of their shared viewpoints that hold that it would be better if Religion was no longer of relevance as a political or a social force and that Science can provide fully legitimate explanations of The Existence of the Universe and of Mankind here on Earth.

A filmmaker named Gus Holwerda has been involved in a project that has chronicled the shared involvement of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss over several years in their efforts to promote acceptance of Science, and Scientifically accepted truths in preference to Religion, and what are asserted as Religious Truths.
The project has culminated in the preparation for public release of a feature film length documentary presentation, entitled ~ The Unbelievers.

Title screen of The Unbelievers film featuring the views of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss.



A promotional trailer to this film was launched in February, 2013 and became widely available on the web.

The Black Chalk Films sponsored YouTube site for the film's trailer,
(available at

A screencapture from this trailer:-

screencapture from this trailer


The commentary gave 'The Unbelievers' this outline description :-
The Unbelievers follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.

The film includes interviews with celebrities and other influential people who support the work of these controversial speakers.

The question was posed:-
"Which is more important - to explain science or to destroy religion"?

The trailer moves on before Dawkins answer can be heard.

Screenshot of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss gleaned from 'The Unbelievers' promotional trailer:-

Screenshot of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss


Screenshot of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss gleaned from 'The Unbelievers' promotional trailer:-

Screenshot from The Unbelievers promotional trailer


Just prior to the world premiere of ~ The Unbelievers ~ held in Toronto, Canada, on Monday, April 29, 2013, Richard Dawkins, now an Emeritus Professor having retired from his former post at Oxford University, and Lawrence Krauss, currently director of the Origins Institute at Arizona State University, were jointly interviewed by the influential, Toronto-based, Globe and Mail newspaper.
See more detail at:-

In response to the question:-

Is there a risk that by challenging religion head-on you galvanize your opposition?

Lawrence Krauss replied:-
"At some level that may be true, but what it does do is point out a key fact: that religion shouldn't have a free ride. Somehow people get the sense that religion is sacred - if you'll forgive the pun - and nothing should be sacred. Everything is subject to discussion and that's what makes life worthwhile."
And in response to the question:-

Aren't there important things that we can all draw from religion, like a sense of community or consolation in difficult times?

Richard Dawkins replied:-
"We can find fellowship and community in other settings, of course. I think it's an odd thing to encourage people to get consolation from something for which there's no evidence. Science, of course, provides it's own consolation - the consolation of knowing what it's all about. This is something uplifting."

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On the morning of Monday, April 29, 2013 Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss appeared on the Canadian based Global News channel's The Morning Show to talk about The Unbelievers.

Screencapture of Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss from this ~ 'The Unbelievers' ~ interview

Screencapture from this interview


According to an article available at:-

The documentary follows evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss as they travel the world promoting the importance of science and reason in the modern world.

The interview with Global News featured such significant dialogue as this :-
"If something is comforting, that's great, but it doesn't make it true," says Dawkins, arguably the world's most famous atheist. "There are people who sincerely seem to think that because something is consoling or comforting that therefore it's got to be true. That just isn't logical."

The pair specifically targets religion and faith.

Krauss, who was raised in Toronto, said the goal is not to make people feel bad about believing in God.
"We recognize that all of us need comfort in different ways," he explains. "What we're just trying to encourage people to do is get comfort from the real world."
and somewhat later:-
"We're not trying to take something away. We're trying to add the wonder of reality, the poetry of the real universe, and say 'you can get solace and wonder from the real world.' It's true, you can get comfort from religion but that doesnt say you have to have religion to get comfort."

Dawkins hopes The Unbelievers will spark more debate and, perhaps, open a few minds.
"Science is wonderful, truth is wonderful, reality is wonderful," he says. "People need to appreciate reality and not hide behind the smokescreen of superstition."

Krauss says there's hope, noting interest in religion is on the decline.
"More and more people are coming to realize that they can think for themselves," says Krauss. "It's amazing to discover that you're wrong. In fact, it's liberating. It's not a threat. It opens your mind."