Open Letter #9 to Ricky Gervais on comparison of the Tony of AFTER LIFE to the Solomon of ECCLESIASTES, Tony can’t live his life by blocking out his emotions like a machine!

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After Life #1 Trailer

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After Life 2 Trailer

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On Saturday April 18, 2020 at 6pm in London and noon in Arkansas, I had a chance to ask Ricky Gervais a question on his Twitter Live broadcast which was  “Is Tony a Nihilist?” At the 20:51 mark Ricky answers my question. Below is the video:

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If Death is the end then what is the point Kath asks below:

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Kath: You are an atheist?

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Adrian Rogers on Evolution

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Charles Darwin Autobiography


Ricky Gervais plays bereaved husband Tony Johnson in AFTER LIFE 

Tony and his wife Lisa who died 6 months ago of cancer

(Above) Tony and Anne on the bench at the graveyard where their spouses are buried.

April 26, 2020 
Ricky Gervais 


Dear Ricky,  

This is the 9th day in a row that I have written another open letter to you to comment on some of your episodes of AFTER LIFE, and then I wanted to pass along some evidence that indicates the Bible is historically accurate.


Francis Schaeffer
 comments on the Book of Ecclesiastes. If a person lives life UNDER THE SUN (phrase used 29 times in Book of Ecclesiastes) as if there is no God then chance rules. 

Ecclesiastes 9:11

11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Chance rules. If a man starts out only from himself and works outward it must eventually if he is consistent seem so that only chance rules. 

Charles Darwin came to the same conclusion concerning CHANCE ruling and you will find out later in this letter why I am bringing his name up. 

Below is a scene with Holli Dempsey playing a Botox lady who had several plastic surgeries that went wrong and she was not even 30 years old yet. Lenny and Tony are there to interview the Botox Lady. 

Botox Lady: I think I got a problem. 
Tony: Yeah. I mean it might be like an addiction.

Botox Lady: You mean it might I can’t help it?

Well I guess so, but if you acknowledge it there is a chance you can get help. 
Botox Lady: Do you think I am mental? 
Tony: No more than the rest of us. As I say we are all screwed up in one way or another. It makes you normal. 
Botox Lady: (She makes a sound that could be a muffled laugh or crying.)

Tony: You laughing? 
Botox Lady: Crying but [my face can’t cry with tears anymore].

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Ricky let me make several applications concerning people who are trying to live while blocking out their emotions. 

There are several people that Tony interviews that have problems in their lives that can be compared to Tony’s circumstances and this Botox Lady is one of them. She goes through her life not showing any emotions basically not appearing human but appearing to live as a machine. 

Ricky you have reported on your Twitter live broadcast today that the response has been overwhelming to AFTER LIFE with so many people telling you that they are dealing with so many similar problems as Tony Johnson. In the review of AFTER LIFE 2 by HEAVY SPOILERS SHOW the reviewer starts off with these words, “After losing his wife Tony struggled to find a purpose in life and being an atheist it didn’t help either. He lost any real reason for being alive and he is just existing instead of living.” This reminds me of your comments about Charles Darwin in your Twitter Live broadcast of March 25th. You said you would love to be buried next to your hero, but not immediately. In that same broadcast you said that you didn’t read fiction but concentrated on reading non-fiction books dealing with science and philosophy. I am very similar and I recently read Charles Darwin’s autobiography and I discovered some very interesting insights into his life. 

https://youtu.be/4kXJlBfwqZE

In 1968 Francis Schaeffer commented on the 1892 Autobiography of Charles Darwin. 

Francis Schaeffer rightly noted:

In his letters Darwin showed that all through his life he never really came to a quietness concerning the possibility that chance really explained the situation of the biological world. You will find there is much material on this [from Darwin] extended over many many years that constantly he was wrestling with this problem. Darwin never came to a place of satisfaction. You have philosophically only two possible beginnings. The first would be a personal beginning and the other would be an impersonal beginning plus time plus chance. There is no other possible alternative except the alternative that everything comes out of nothing and that has to be a total nothing and that has to be a total nothing without mass, energy or motion existing. No one holds this last view because it is unthinkable. Darwin understood this and therefore until his death he was uncomfortable with the idea of chance producing the biological variation. Francis Schaeffer comments on the book  Darwin, Francis ed. 1892. Charles Darwin: his life told in an autobiographical chapter, and in a selected series of his published letters [abridged edition]. London: John Murray.

CHARLES DARWIN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. Addendum. Written May 1st, 1881 [the year before his death].

I have said that in one respect my mind has changed during the last twenty or thirty years. Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it, poetry of many kinds, such as the works of Milton, Gray, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, gave me great pleasure, and even as a schoolboy I took intense delight in Shakespeare, especially in the historical plays. I have also said that formerly pictures gave me considerable, and music very great delight. But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry: I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. I have also almost lost my taste for pictures or music. Music generally sets me thinking too energetically on what I have been at work on, instead of giving me pleasure. I retain some taste for fine scenery, but it does not cause me the exquisite delight which it formerly did…

This curious and lamentable loss of the higher aesthetic tastes is all the odder, as books on history, biographies, and travels (independently of any scientific facts which they may contain), and essays on all sorts of subjects interest me as much as ever they did. My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive… The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Francis Schaeffer commented:

This is the old man Darwin writing at the end of his life. What he is saying here is the further he has gone on with his studies the more he has seen himself reduced to a machine as far as aesthetic things are concerned. I think this is crucial because as we go through this we find that his struggles and my sincere conviction is that he never came to the logical conclusion of his own position, but he nevertheless in the death of the higher qualities as he calls them, art, music, poetry, and so on, what he had happen to him was his own theory was producing this in his own self just as his theories a hundred years later have produced this in our culture…What has happened to Darwin personally is merely a forerunner to what occurred to the whole culture as it has fallen in this world of pure material, pure chance and later determinism. Here he is in a situation where his mannishness has suffered in the midst of his own position.
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Here is another application and it the fact that Charles Darwin, your hero, lost his happiness as he describes it when he became as a machine and the  Shakespeare earlier used to give him great delight no longer does later in his life and was so intolerably dull that it nauseated him. Darwin himself concluded that “the loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Just like Tony and the Botox Lady Darwin lived as though he was a machine and loss some of the emotions that he formerly had. Furthermore, Ricky you as an atheist do not have the satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions.  

However, you do have a great ADVANTAGE over Charles Darwin because much has been DISCOVERED since his time on this earth in the 1800’s. Let me give you one example below from Darwin’s own words.

Again in 1879 he was applied to by a German student, in a similar manner. The letter was answered by a member of my father’s family, who wrote:–

But I was very unwilling to give up my belief; I feel sure of this, for I can well remember often and often inventing day-dreams of old letters between distinguished Romans, and manuscripts being discovered at Pompeii or elsewhere, which confirmed in the most striking manner all that was written in the Gospels.”

Below Francis Schaeffer comments on these words which came from the book,   Darwin, Francis ed. 1892. Charles Darwin: his life told in an autobiographical chapter, and in a selected series of his published letters [abridged edition]. London: John Murray:

This is very sad. He lies on his bunk and the Beagle tosses and turns and he makes daydreams, and his dreams and hopes are that someone would find in Pompeii or some place like this, an old manuscript by a distinguished Roman that would put his stamp of authority on it, which would be able to show that Christ existed. This is undoubtedly what he is talking about. Darwin gave up this hope with great difficulty.

Here is one of your advantages over Charles Darwin because of the advance of archaeology since the 19th century. With this in mind shouldn’t you investigate evidence that has turned up since Darwin’s day?

Here is a simple suggestion. Google the words “53 PEOPLE CONFIRMED.” That should bring you to this article, 53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically A web-exclusive supplement to Lawrence Mykytiuk’s BAR articles identifying real Hebrew Bible people Lawrence Mykytiuk • 04/12/2017. On second thought let me provide the article for you.

I wonder how Charles Darwin would have reacted to this article if he was here with us today and could examine the evidence he was wishing for back in the 19th century. I would love to get your reaction to that.

Richard Friend comments:

Science and superstition, you can never reconcile them. If you believe that the truth lies in strange scrolls dug up from somewhere or another written by someone then there is no logical counter to that. 

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53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

A web-exclusive supplement to Lawrence Mykytiuk’s BAR articles identifying real Hebrew Bible people

Lawrence Mykytiuk   •  04/12/2017

This Bible History Daily feature was originally published in 2014. It has been updated.—Ed.


1.-Sargon-II-Khorsabad-Bridgeman

In “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk lists 50 figures from the Hebrew Bible who have been confirmed archaeologically. His follow-up article, “Archaeology Confirms 3 More Bible People,” published in the May/June 2017 issue of BAR, adds another three people to the list. The identified persons include Israelite kings and Mesopotamian monarchs as well as lesser-known figures.

Mykytiuk writes that these figures “mentioned in the Bible have been identified in the archaeological record. Their names appear in inscriptions written during the period described by the Bible and in most instances during or quite close to the lifetime of the person identified.” The extensive Biblical and archaeological documentation supporting the BAR study is published here in a web-exclusive collection of endnotes detailing the Biblical references and inscriptions referring to each of the figures.

Guide to the Endnotes

53 Bible People Confirmed in Authentic Inscriptions Chart

53 Figures: The Biblical and Archaeological Evidence

“Almost Real” People: The Biblical and Archaeological Evidence

Symbols & Abbreviations

Date Sources


BAS Library Members: Read Lawrence Mykytiuk’s Biblical Archaeology Review articles “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 and “Archaeology Confirms 3 More Bible People” in the May/June 2017 issue.

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53 Bible People Confirmed in Authentic Inscriptions

NameWho was he?When he reigned or flourished B.C.E.Where in the Bible?
Egypt
1Shishak (= Sheshonq I)pharaoh945–9241 Kings 11:40, etc.
2So (= Osorkon IV)pharaoh730–7152 Kings 17:4
3Tirhakah (= Taharqa)pharaoh690–6642 Kings 19:9, etc.
4Necho II (= Neco II)pharaoh610–5952 Chronicles 35:20, etc.
5Hophra (= Apries)pharaoh589–570Jeremiah 44:30
Moab
6Meshakingearly to mid-ninth century2 Kings 3:4–27
Aram-Damascus
7Hadadezerkingearly ninth century to 844/8421 Kings 11:23, etc.
8Ben-hadad, son of Hadadezerking844/8422 Kings 6:24, etc.
9Hazaelking844/842–c. 8001 Kings 19:15, etc.
10Ben-hadad, son of Hazaelkingearly eighth century2 Kings 13:3, etc.
11Rezinkingmid-eighth century to 7322 Kings 15:37, etc.
Northern Kingdom of Israel
12Omriking884–8731 Kings 16:16, etc.
13Ahabking873–8521 Kings 16:28, etc.
14Jehuking842/841–815/8141 Kings 19:16, etc.
15Joash (= Jehoash)king805–7902 Kings 13:9, etc.
16Jeroboam IIking790–750/7492 Kings 13:13, etc.
17Menahemking749–7382 Kings 15:14, etc.
18Pekahking750(?)–732/7312 Kings 15:25, etc.
19Hosheaking732/731–7222 Kings 15:30, etc.
20Sanballat “I”governor of Samaria under Persian rulec. mid-fifth centuryNehemiah 2:10, etc.
Southern Kingdom of Judah
21Davidkingc. 1010–9701 Samuel 16:13, etc.
22Uzziah (= Azariah)king788/787–736/7352 Kings 14:21, etc.
23Ahaz (= Jehoahaz)king742/741–7262 Kings 15:38, etc.
24Hezekiahking726–697/6962 Kings 16:20, etc.
25Manassehking697/696–642/6412 Kings 20:21, etc.
26Hilkiahhigh priest during Josiah’s reignwithin 640/639–6092 Kings 22:4, etc.
27Shaphanscribe during Josiah’s reignwithin 640/639–6092 Kings 22:3, etc.
28Azariahhigh priest during Josiah’s reignwithin 640/639–6091 Chronicles 5:39, etc.
29Gemariahofficial during Jehoiakim’s reignwithin 609–598Jeremiah 36:10, etc.
30Jehoiachin (= Jeconiah = Coniah)king598–5972 Kings 24:6, etc.
31Shelemiahfather of Jehucal the royal officiallate seventh centuryJeremiah 37:3, etc.
32Jehucal (= Jucal)official during Zedekiah’s reignwithin 597–586Jeremiah 37:3, etc.
33Pashhurfather of Gedaliah the royal officiallate seventh centuryJeremiah 38:1
34Gedaliahofficial during Zedekiah’s reignwithin 597–586Jeremiah 38:1
Assyria
35Tiglath-pileser III (= Pul)king744–7272 Kings 15:19, etc.
36Shalmaneser Vking726–7222 Kings 17:3, etc.
37Sargon IIking721–705Isaiah 20:1
38Sennacheribking704–6812 Kings 18:13, etc.
39Adrammelech (= Ardamullissu = Arad-mullissu)son and assassin of Sennacheribearly seventh century2 Kings 19:37, etc.
40Esarhaddonking680–6692 Kings 19:37, etc.
Babylonia
41Merodach-baladan IIking721–710 and 7032 Kings 20:12, etc.
42Nebuchadnezzar IIking604–5622 Kings 24:1, etc.
43Nebo-sarsekimofficial of Nebuchadnezzar IIearly sixth centuryJeremiah 39:3
44Nergal-sharezerofficer of Nebuchadnezzar IIearly sixth centuryJeremiah 39:3
45Nebuzaradana chief officer of Nebuchadnezzar IIearly sixth century2 Kings 25:8, etc. & Jeremiah 39:9, etc.
46Evil-merodach (= Awel Marduk = Amel Marduk)king561–5602 Kings 25:27, etc.
47Belshazzarson and co-regent of Nabonidusc. 543?–540Daniel 5:1, etc.
Persia
48Cyrus II (= Cyrus the Great)king559–5302 Chronicles 36:22, etc.
49Darius I (= Darius the Great)king520–486Ezra 4:5, etc.
50Tattenaiprovincial governor of Trans-Euphrateslate sixth to early fifth centuryEzra 5:3, etc.
51Xerxes I (= Ahasuerus)king486–465Esther 1:1, etc.
52Artaxerxes I Longimanusking465-425/424Ezra 4:7, etc.
53Darius II Nothusking425/424-405/404Nehemiah 12:22

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The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Thank you again for your time and I know how busy you are.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.comhttp://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002

PS: What is the meaning of life? Find it in the end of the open letter I wrote to you on April 23, 2020. 

Below is the workforce of THE TAMBURY GAZETTE 

Seen below is the third episode of AFTERLIFE (season 1) when Matt takes Tony to a comedy club with front row seats to cheer him up but it turns into disaster!!!

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Part 1 “Why have integrity in Godless Darwinian Universe where Might makes Right?”

Part 2 “My April 14, 2016 Letter to Ricky mentioned Book of Ecclesiastes and the Meaninglessness of Life”

Part 3 Letter about Brandon Burlsworth concerning suffering and pain and evil in the world.  “Why didn’t Jesus save her [from cancer]?” (Tony’s 10 year old nephew George in episode 2)

Part 4 Letter on Solomon on Death Tony in episode one, “It should be everyone’s moral duty to kill themselves.”

Part 5 Letter on subject of Learning in Ecclesiastes “I don’t read books of fiction but mainly science and philosophy”

Part 6 Letter on Luxuries in Ecclesiastes Part 6, The Music of AFTERLIFE (Part A)

Part 7 Letter on Labor in Ecclesiastes My Letter to Ricky on Easter in 2017 concerning Book of Ecclesiastes and the legacy of a person’s life work

Part 8 Letter on Liquor in Ecclesiastes Tony’s late wife Lisa told him, “Don’t get drunk all the time alright? It will only make you feel worse in the log run!”

Part 9 Letter on Laughter in Ecclesiastes , I said of laughter, “It is foolishness;” and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?” Ecclesiastes 2:2

Part 10 Final letter to Ricky on Ladies in Ecclesiastes “I gathered a chorus of singers to entertain me with song, and—most exquisite of all pleasures— voluptuous maidens for my bed…behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun” Ecclesiastes 2:8-11.

Part 11 Letter about Daniel Stanhope and optimistic humanism  “If man has been kicked up out of that which is only impersonal by chance , then those things that make him man-hope of purpose and significance, love, motions of morality and rationality, beauty and verbal communication-are ultimately unfulfillable and thus meaningless.” (Francis Schaeffer)

Part 12 Letter on how pursuit of God is only way to get Satisfaction Dan Jarrell “[In Ecclesiastes] if one seeks satisfaction they will never find it. In fact, every pleasure will be fleeting and can not be sustained, BUT IF ONE SEEKS GOD THEN ONE FINDS SATISFACTION”

Part 13 Letter to Stephen Hawking on Solomon realizing he will die just as a dog will die “For men and animals both breathe the same air, and both die. So mankind has no real advantage over the beasts; what an absurdity!” Ecclesiastes

Part 14 Letter to Stephen Hawking on 3 conclusions of humanism and Bertrand Russell destruction of optimistic humanism. “That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms—no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.”(Bertrand Russell, Free Man’s Worship)

Part 15 Letter to Stephen Hawking on Leonardo da Vinci and Solomon and Meaningless of life “I hate life. As far as I can see, what happens on earth is a bad business. It’s smoke—and spitting into the wind” Ecclesiastes Book of Ecclesiastes Part 15 “I hate life. As far as I can see, what happens on earth is a bad business. It’s smoke—and spitting into the wind” Ecclesiastes 2:17

Part 16 Letter to Stephen Hawking on Solomon’s longing for death but still fear of death and 5 conclusions of humanism on life UNDER THE SUN. Francis Schaeffer “Life is just a series of continual and unending cycles and man is stuck in the middle of the cycle. Youth, old age, Death. Does Solomon at this point embrace nihilism? Yes!!! He exclaims that the hates life (Ecclesiastes 2:17), he longs for death (4:2-3) Yet he stills has a fear of death (2:14-16)”

Mandeep Dhillon as Sandy on her first assignment in ‘After Life’. (Twitter)

A still from ‘After Life’ that captures the vibe of the Tambury Gazette. (Twitter)

Michael Scott of THE OFFICE (USA) with Ricky Gervais 

After Life on Netflix

After Life on Netflix stars Ricky Gervais as a bereaved husband (Image: Netflix)

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Psychiatrist played by Paul Kaye seen below.

The sandy beach walk

Tony Johnson with his dog Brandi seen below:

Dust in the Wind by KANSAS

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Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope of KANSAS on 700 Club Part 1

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Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope of KANSAS on 700 Club Part 2


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