Film review: Marjoe

This movie chronicles the young life of Marjoe Gortner and won best documentary film in 1972, and with good reason. This clip is from the first 6 minutes of the film.

If you YouTube Marjoe, you will find that instead of realizing the sham that a lot of religion is, and how it preys on emotional, congregational antics, there is an overwhelming response to protect it by labeling Marjoe as a false prophet. Curiously, one way to tell a false prophet according to one commentor is to look at children's responses to such "preachers/teachers". Duh! Adults acting this way and anybody leading them like this is weird. If I was a kid, I'd be freaked out! And as an adult watching the film I was freaked out. Speaking in tongues and writhing orgasmically on the floor in public just ain't right whether you're a true prophet or a false one.


Cliff Martin said...

A very high percentage of what passes as Christian ministry is sham. Some are self-deceived, to various degrees. Quite clearly, these people never entertained the slightest notion that they were for real. They laughed at the gullibility of believers all the way to the bank.

Psiloiordinary said...


I feel sick.



Psiloiordinary said...

So how can someone tell the "real" thing from the fake?

Some kind of objective test does not seem possible to me.


Tom said...

So how can someone tell the "real" thing from the fake?

Easy peasy from the atheist's perspective -- they are all fake!

The theist may present the following:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit." Matthew 7:15-17

If you can explain the fruits, you've gotta yardstick.