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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith

“So our coming of age forces us to a true recognition of our situation vis-à-vis God. God is teaching us that we must live as men who can get along very well without him. The God who is with us is the God who forsakes us (Mark 15:34). The God who makes us live in this world without using him as a working hypothesis is the God before whom we are ever standing. Before God and with him we live without God. God allows himself to be edged out of the world and onto the cross. God is weak and powerless in the world, and that is exactly the way, the only way, in which he can be with us and help us.”--Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letter of July 16, 1944


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith

“God is absent in the towns, in the fields, in the mountains and in the plains. He is absent in law, in science, in education and in morals. He is even absent in the lives of the religious for they, who still want to be his friends, have no need for His presence. God is absent as never before. . . . To be absent has become one of the qualities of God.”

Leon Bloy (1846-1917)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith

”Dead-beat Dad”

(Supernatural, “The Dark Side of the Moon”)

 Dean and Sam Winchester with Joshua, god’s BFF.


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith

 God and the 20th Century

(Supernatural, “Free to Be You and Me”)




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Death: You have an inflated sense of your importance. To a thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Dean: I got to ask, how old are you?

Death: As old as God--maybe older. Neither of us can remember any more. Life, death, chicken, egg, regardless, at the end I'll reap him too.

Dean: God? You will reap God?

Death: Oh yes. God will die too, Dean.

Dean: This is way above my pay-grade.

"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith

Theology in Popular Culture


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Thomas Disch (1940-2008)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

L. Ron Hubbard


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Philip K. Dick


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Joss Whedon (1964- ), in a cameo appearance on Veronica Mars


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Joss Whedon and His Mentor, Jeanine Basinger


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Joss and His Wife, Kai


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


I think i was in heaven joss whedon s atheist faith30 l.jpg
"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Jana Riess


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

WWBD?


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Tuna Erdem (with the flowers)

Buffy Hereafter--Istanbul, Turkey, October 2007


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“Can of kraut, pound of pastrami, bagels, bring home”--the sacred text in A Canticle for Leibowitz


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“It's about the show, and I feel the same way about it. I get the same way. It's not like being a rock star. It doesn't feel like they're reacting to me. It's really sweet when people react like that, and I love the praise, but to me, what they're getting emotional about is the show. And that's the best feeling in the world. There's nothing creepy about it. I feel like there's a religion in narrative, and I feel the same way they do. I feel like we're both paying homage to something else; they're not paying homage to me.”--Joss Whedon, Onion AV Club Interview (2001; my italics)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Question: “Do you believe in God?”

Joss: “Not a jot.”

--“Joss Whedon answers 100 Questions”


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“I’m a very hard-line, angry atheist. . . . Yet I am fascinated by the concept of devotion.”

--Joss Whedon (Felicity Nussbaum, “Must See Metaphysics”)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“It's hard to believe. I've been avoiding this place for so many years, and it's nothing. It's nice! It's got the pretty windows, the pillars . . . lots of folks to eat. Where's the thing I was so afraid of? You know, the Lord? He was supposed to be here. He gave us this address.”

“Who Are You?” (BtVS 4.16)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“Conversations with Dead People,” BtVS 7.7


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

HOLDEN: Oh my god.

BUFFY: Oh your god what?

HOLDEN: Well, not MY god, 'cause I defy him and all his works -- does he exist, by the way? Is there word on that?

BUFFY: Nothing solid.

--from “Conversations with Dead People”


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Mal Reynolds (left) and Shepherd Book


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Mal: Well, what about you, Shepherd? How come you're flyin' with us brigands? I mean, shouldn't you be off bringing religiosity to the fuzzy-wuzzies or some such?

Book: Oh, I got heathens aplenty right here.

Mal: If I'm your mission, Shepherd, best give it up. You're welcome on my boat—God ain't.


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“After Life” (BtVS 6.3)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

SPIKE: Buffy, if you're in-- if you're in pain. Or if you need anything... If I can help you...

BUFFY: You can't.

SPIKE: Well, I haven't been to a Hell dimension just of late, but I know a thing or two about torment

BUFFY: I was happy.

SPIKE: I don't ...

BUFFY: Wherever I ... was ... I was happy. At peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time didn't mean anything, nothing had form... but I was still me, you know? And I was warm and I wasloved... and I was finished. Complete. I don't understand about dimensions or theology or any of ... but I think I was in heaven.


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Spike stares, takes it in. She looks at him.

BUFFY: And now I'm not.

SPIKE: Buffy--

BUFFY: I was torn out of there. My friendspulled me out. And everything here is bright and hard and violent. . . . Everything I feel, everything I touch...this is Hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that ... knowing what I've lost ...

She's said too much. He's speechless as she rises, starts out of the alley. She pauses, not even looking back.

BUFFY: They can never know. Never.


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“Once More with Feeling,” BtVS 6.7


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

There was no pain

No fear, no doubt

‘Til they pulled me out of heaven

So that’s my refrain

I live in hell

‘Cause I was expelled from Heaven

I think I was in Heaven.

--Buffy in “Once More with Feeling”


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“That's what I was raised with. As much as I learned Greek myths and as much as I read Marvel Comics and watched The Prisoner, I grew up around Christianity and Judaism and those are the prevalent myths and mythic structures of my brain.”

--Joss Whedon (Miller, “The Man Behind the Slayer”)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

  • Joss Whedon’s Faith

    • In “chosen” families

    • In empowered women

    • In the power of story and the imagination


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Faith in:

Chosen Families


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Faith in: Empowered Women


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Faith in: thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Empowered Women

"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith

Empowered Potentials in “Chosen” (BtVS 7.22)


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“I am the fan that gets to have the most fun. I get to walk the set every day. I totally get to be there when the story's broken. I get to do all of the fun bits. Every day is fan day for me. That's who I am. I'm the fan that got the closest.”

--Joss Whedon

Faith in:

The Power of Story and Imagination


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“There’s a religion in narrative.”

--Joss Whedon

Faith in:

The Power of Story and Imagination


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"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Joss: A Creative Portrait of the Maker of the Whedonverses

--David Lavery

I. B. Tauris/St. Martin’s (2011)


I think i was in heaven joss whedon s atheist faith62 l.jpg

"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

“I've had more luck than any 10 guys I know. I've been able to tell my story more than a few times, and that's the greatest gift. If I'm never given that gift again, I still will have had it, and I'm grateful for that. My gratitude has finally exceeded my rage by a good, long margin, and when I wake up in the morning with my work and my family, gratitude is the thing that guides me, not rage.”

--Joss Whedon

Amor fati: “Love your fate”--Nietzsche


I think i was in heaven joss whedon s atheist faith63 l.jpg

"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!


I think i was in heaven joss whedon s atheist faith64 l.jpg

"I think I was in heaven": Joss Whedon's Atheist Faith thing like me, a thing like you. . . . Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and tried to get smart. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean, very old. So I invite you to contemplate what if any significance I find in you. Eat!

Thanks to Hillary Robson