Part of Roger Ebert’s review of “Secondhand Lions”:
I’m assuming that the movie lets this statement pass as some sort of wisdom. I haven’t seen it. Even if I’m wrong, there certainly have been enough shows and movies to push this idea that it doesn’t entirely matter whether this one does.
This is monumentally stupid. Did the writers and producers give a moment’s thought to this, or this simply another example of “deep” Hollywood philosophizing?
Ok, if it doesn’t matter, then I’ll become a Hamas-volunteering suicide bomber. Or a nihilistic arms dealer, smuggling missles to communist rebels in South America with nothing to lose. Or, just to cap it off with the standard H-bomb of argument, I’ll become a Nazi. You see, it doesn’t matter what my religious or philosophical beliefs are, because they give me a strength to make me better. Or something.
Not by a long shot. Faith means believing in something that’s unproven. This is entirely different from saying that it doesn’t matter what you believe. In fact, a great many people of faith would absolutely reject such a notion. (I know that I do.)
In fact, the comment that “It doesn’t matter what you believe” is typically used as an argument against religious belief, rather than in support of it.
Balderdash. The comment in question has nothing to do with faith.