I caught his show in the Village last night and the best part was his riffs on religion and atheism.
Eddie Izzard clip at ex-christian.net
Meanwhile, not far away at the Reformed Church in America, they still believe in "election" which means basically, that some people are "saved" and the rest are damned, purely through a random act of God.
Lest you have a problem with this, the RCA is ready to get all up in your face:
Article 18: The Proper Attitude toward Election and Reprobation
To those who complain about this grace of an undeserved election and about the severity of a just reprobation, we reply with the words of the Apostle, "Who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God?" 14 and with the words of our Savior, "Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?" 15 We, however, with reverent adoration of these secret things, cry out with the Apostle: "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and how inscrutable his ways! 'For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?' For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen." 16
Translation: God said so, so suck it.
No wonder people who believe in this crap are so incredibly superior and insufferable and convinced they are blameless, no matter what rotten things they do.
Here's the whole deal:
Article 7: Election
Election is God's unchangeable purpose by which God did the following:
Before the foundation of the world, by sheer grace, according to the free good pleasure of God's will, God chose in Christ to salvation a definite number of particular people out of the entire human race, which had fallen by its own fault from its original innocence into sin and ruin. Those chosen were neither better nor more deserving than the others, but lay with them in the common misery. God did this in Christ, whom God also appointed from eternity to be the mediator, the head of all those chosen, and the foundation of their salvation.
And so God decreed to give to Christ those chosen for salvation, and to call and draw them effectively into Christ's fellowship through the Word and Spirit, that is to grant them true faith, to justify them, to sanctify them, and finally, after powerfully preserving them in the fellowship of God's Son, to glorify them. God did all this in order to demonstrate God's mercy, to the praise of the riches of God's glorious grace.
More on the RCA web site