Atheismus in House

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    Anna Hirvonen hat eine interessante Bachelor-Arbeit zum Thema „ATHEISTS IN THE FOXHOLE – Representation of atheists on American dramatic series Firefly, House, MD, Bones, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip“ geschrieben.

    Hier ein paar Auszüge aus dem für House relevanten Teil, ich empfehle aber ruhig die ganze Arbeit zu lesen :Augenzwinkern_2:

    5.1 Gregory House
    As an atheist character, House is the typical stereotype. He is angry, bitter and miserable and often counts religious belief in his patients as a symptom unless it can be ruled out. He shows little to no respect to people with different points of view to his own, and is ready to debate in a hostile way with anyone who beliefs in God, whether they are a nun (1.5 Damned If You Do ), a faith healer(2.19 House vs. God), rape victim (3.12 One Day, One Room) or someone who crucifies himself yearly(7.8 Small Sacrifices). However, he has studied the sacred religious texts of the major religions in order to understand exactly what he is dismissing, so his takedowns of religious characters are done in a hostile yet intelligent manner. Most of the other things he attacks in his patients and colleagues he attacks because he can, but he attacks religion because he finds the lack of logic and hypocrisy that are imbedded into religion, in his view, unbearable. Even Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), one of the other nonbelievers in the series is constantly insulted by House because she is very emphatic, feminine and naïve. Martha Masters (Amber Tamblyn), a medical student who was a part of House’s team in season seven, is unwaveringly honest in every situation and even though House professes to be a big proponent of honesty, he mocks her non-lying ways since it often leads him to problems because it makes it harder for him to dismiss medical ethics when he has someone who will not lie on his team.
    While he can be funny, he often also comes across as arrogant, smug and patronizing. This is something that many fans like about his character, but as a representation of atheists it is rather unflattering. He fits the atheist stereotype to a tee and conforms to all negative ideas non-atheist people might already have about atheists. He certainly is not going to change anyone’s mind about atheists as angry, hostile, bitter, miserable, argument prone, rule breaking and morally deficient. […]

    He has also had some reflective moments during which he acknowledges that he does not actually know for sure why certain things happen such as ‘the white light’ that people with near death experiences see and he acknowledges that he is an atheist because he finds that world view to be more comforting. He prefers the idea that existence is not just a test organized by a superior being who is either indifferent to the suffering of the world or malevolent (1.21 Three Stories). Occasionally he does connect with a patient, most famously with a rape victim from One Day, One Room, an autistic boy from episode 3.4 Lines in the Sand, Hanna (China Jesusita Shavers) from episode 6.22 Help Me, and someone (David Strathairn) whose case was not interesting enough for him to try to heal him from episode 6.17 Lockdown. While House’s personality is not the most welcoming, it is good to see such an openly and honestly atheist character on television, especially one that is not going to have a sudden conversion experience.

    5.2 Religious foil(s): Patient(s) of the Week
    House, MD is the only series I examine in this study that does not have a strongly religious regular character as someone with who House can regularly have religious debates. This role is filled when needed by Patient of the Week (PotW), the subject of the weekly medical mystery.

    This dynamic is established early on. In episode 1.5 Damned If You Do, House’s patient is a nun (Elizabeth Mitchell) from a monastery. Even this early on in the series House is allowed to explain his point of view. He explains that he has difficulty with the concept of belief because faith is not based on logic and experience. While he expresses his worldview more to one another nun who is there to comfort the sick nun, he is somewhat even about it. […]
    One of the main themes of House is no one ever changes. […] It is always the most clear with religious patients. The nun was very close to losing her faith during her illness when House kept misdiagnosing her and she thought she was going to die. However, she ultimately managed to keep her faith once she was healed.
    In episode 2.19 House vs. God the patient is a faith healer Boyd (Thomas Dekker) who House gets into competition with. House is very dismissive of the patient, using most of the patient’s religious experiences as a symptom, which some of them turn out to be. While the faith healer tries to argue that God works through natural laws, for example, giving him a tumor so God can speak to him directly, House thinks he is insane “No, you talk to God you’re religious, God talks to you, you’re psychotic.” In the end, the competition between House and God ends 3-3, the faith healer manages to make extraordinary coincidences happen yet House fixes him in the end.
    In episode 3.12 One Day, One Room, House makes a surprising connection with a rape
    victim (Katheryn Winnick) who, for reasons she cannot express, feels like House is the only one she is able to open up to. Before she is ready to talk about her experience, she and House have long, complicated discussions on religion. She has studied comparative religion and is also religious. They debate the existence of God, heaven and hell, abortion, and the benevolence of God. She even gets House to open up about his own experiences. […]
    An atheist priest (Jimmi Simpson) hallucinates Jesus in episode 5.15 Unfaithful. He lost his
    faith when he was falsely accused of pedophilia and he was bounced around from one church after another as a result. That experience made him question the foundations of his beliefs and being a priest became just a job like any other. House is very interested in this patient and the patient makes many of the same points House himself has and will make about religious beliefs. However, in the end, all the multiple coincidences that lead him to House make him find his faith again. It is facilitated by the apology of the boy who falsely accused him all those years ago. House is very disappointed that someone who seemed so reasonable could ultimately be so gullible.

    A man (Mos Def) suffers from locked-in syndrome in episode 5.19 Locked In. He can only
    communicate with blinking. […] In his head the patient wonders about God and House makes all the same points he always does. Once the patient is cured he has become convinced that God sent House to cure him and House immediately loses interest in the patient.
    In tribute to God for saving his daughter’s life in episode 7.8 Small Sacrifices, a man (Kuno Becker) crucifies himself once a year. […] House has multiple discussions with the patient to try to make sense of his strange bargain with God. […] House tricks the patient into thinking his daughter was not cured after all all those years ago and the patient gets the right treatment and is cured. House is disappointed that when he reveals his trick to the patient, the patient is able to make every outcome into the will of God. If he is punished and dies, it is God’s will. If he and his daughter stay healthy, it
    means God is truly good and merciful. House can respect such ‘cover all your bases’
    There has been only one properly religiously devout character during House, MD’s run.
    During season four, when House was looking for new fellows to replace his old team that he lost at the end of the third season, one of the applicants was a Mormon Dr. Jeffrey Cole (Edi Gathegi), he lasted seven episodes until he was fired. […]
    While the series always respects House’s worldview, might even view it as the right one, the series never lets him win over a religious person. This is because of the ‘no one ever changes’ theme and while having a religion-mocking atheist as a protagonist is one thing, having him win and convince people to lose their faith would most likely be unacceptable to an American audience. Even the priest from Unfaithful regains his faith after years of atheism. Hence, according to the series, conversion experience is impossible, hopefully from both sides, if one does not have faith one will not magically get it, but if one has faith one will eventually regain it.

    5.3. Religion in the series is general
    The series is set in modern day New Jersey, so being religious is the default setting. While the show has no devout religious characters, except Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) who started connecting more with her Jewish heritage after she adopted a little girl, but even that did not extend too far, just a religious naming ceremony. House mocks Cuddy’s hypocrisy for picking and choosing when to be religious in Unfaithful. Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson) are also secular Jewish, neither one of them seem to be particularly religious.
    Dr. Allison Cameron is an interesting character because of her beliefs. She has stated that she finds humans trying to understand God, if there is one, the same as penguins speculating about nuclear physics (House vs. God). While she never defines herself, House once calls her the ‘most naïve atheist [he’s] ever met’ (1.17 Role Model). However, her beliefs fit more with an agnostic atheist. She has stated that she does not belief in God, but acknowledges that she cannot know and “if there is some higher order running the universe, it is probably so different from what our species can conceive there’s no point even thinking about it.” (House vs. God) This is the view point of an agnostic, and an agnostic that does not belief in God is an agnostic atheist if one wants to define oneself very specifically. Out of other long running characters, both Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps) are ambiguously religious. Before becoming a doctor, Chase was in seminary school studying to be a priest. He had a crisis of faith and did not go through with it and became a doc or instead. He still prays and at the very least has faith in God, but he is not devout. Foreman has shown incredulity at Cameron’s lack of belief and it was him that got her to express her point of view in both House vs. God and Damned If You Do. In episode 3.21 Family, he is shown in the hospital chapel trying to deal with his actions, having accidentally killed a patient in the previous episode. He often gets confused for an atheist by the viewers (Sparks), but it seems that he is more ambivalent about religion rather than completely rejecting it.

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    Man merkt dass der Text von einem Atheisten geschrieben worden ist.

    Der Autor sollte erwähnen, dass House Atheist ist, weil er „gemein“ ist und nicht umgekehrt.
    Sätze wie „Menschlichkeit wird überbewertet“ weren von einem Gläubigen unglaubwürdig und unlogisch.
    Dass Patienten nich zu Atheisten werden obwohl sie genesen sind, ist auch nach voll ziehbar.

    Keine Zeit mehr, noch Fehler zu suchen und was länger zu schreiben. :P

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