A feature-length film from Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss asks which is more important - to explain science or to destroy religion.
When two renowned scientists tour the world together with a message of science-based critical thinking and a counter position on religion and religious institutions, and when the incorporation of a flurry of A-list celebrities is included in the mix, the result is captured in The Unbelievers - a full-length feature movie released on Friday.
Richard Dawkins, known as much for his outspoken positions on atheism as his contributions to science, has popularized his causes through books and most recently through the Richard Dawkins Foundation - the mission statement of which is "to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering."
The Unbelievers is an extension of the work being done by the Richard Dawkins Foundation - however, the inclusion of physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss appears to broaden the audience base and further the argument for a secular society. Krauss has opined against the teaching of creationism, claiming it to be a form of child abuse, according to The Raw Story.
"Science is wonderful," Dawkins says in the movie's trailer. "Science is beautiful. Religion is not wonderful, it's not beautiful. It gets in the way."
According to a 2011 Gallup poll, roughly 90 percent of Americans believe in God.
It is still too early to tell how movie audiences may embrace The Unbelievers, and the movie's Facebook page has attracted just under 2,000 fans. But with its attractive roster of top shelf celebrities and luminaries - Woody Allen, Ricky Gervais, Cameron Diaz, Cormac McCarthy, Eddie Izzard and many others - The Unbelievers may draw a broader audience and extend a larger conversation on the questions it raises.