A Sunday school teacher and an agnostic walk onto the set of “The Late Show.”
Ricky Gervais joined Stephen Colbert Wednesday night and the conversation quickly moved to religion — an issue on which the two disagree wholeheartedly.
Colbert began the conversation by asking “why there is something instead of nothing.”
Gervais, however, denied the entire premise of the question.
“Surely, the bigger question is not why but how. Why is irrelevant, isn’t it?” said the comedian, who described himself as an agnostic atheist.
“Atheism is only rejecting the claim that there is a god. Atheism isn’t a belief system. This is atheism in a nutshell: You say there’s a god. I say ‘can you prove that?’ You say ‘no.’ I say ‘I don’t believe you then.’ ”
Gervais also questioned Colbert’s belief in just one god, as opposed to 3,000.
“Basically, you deny one less god than I do,” he said. “You don’t believe in 2,999 gods. And I don’t believe in just one more.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 2, 2017
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