Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
By RICKY GERVAIS
Added: Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 UTC
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When Ricky Gervais was a child, he thought Jesus was fantastic. "I loved him because he was kind and strong," he tells me, shortly before taking the stage at a secret warm-up gig ahead of his first major London appearances this year. "He fought for the underdog. He had integrity and charisma."
I brace myself for a punch-line, but he's in earnest. "From the age of three to eight I thought Jesus was amazing," he says.
Then came the moment of apostasy. He was drawing a Bible picture one day when his older brother, Bob, casually asked him why he believed in God. "My mother went, 'Bob!' And I knew. I knew that she was hiding something that he wanted to tell me. I thought about it for an hour and that was it. I didn't believe any more."
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