The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Okay, let’s solve this, once and for all: God … Real? Not real? Stephen Colbert and Ricky Gervais … you’re up!

The Catholic talk show host and the agnostic-atheist comedian agreed to cordially debate the existence of a divine power on CBS’ The Late Show on Wednesday night.

The result is such a refreshingly sincere switch from the usual drone of celebrity product pushing and Donald Trump-related rage-spirals that currently dominate chat shows.

The debate begins at the 1-minute mark:

“Why is there something instead of nothing?” Colbert asks. “Why does the universe exist at all?”

“‘Why’ is irrelevant,” Gervais counters.

“I have a strong desire to direct [my] gratitude toward something or someone — and that thing is God,” Colbert says.

Then they move onto the theory of the Big Bang. “Everything in the universe was once crunched into something smaller than an atom,” Gervais says.

“But you don’t know that,” Colbert replies. “You’re just believing Stephen Hawking and that’s a matter of faith in his abilities. You don’t know that yourself.”

“But science is constantly proved all the time,” Gervais says. “If we take any fiction, or any holy book, and destroyed it, okay, in 1,000 years time that wouldn’t come back just as it was. But if you took every science book and every fact and destroyed them all, in 1,000 years they’d all be back — because all the same tests would be the same results.”

“That’s really good,” Colbert admits.

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