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This Week in Celebrity Spirituality

"I think we both see the book as Sarah bringing her overarching sunniness to life’s darker moments. No comedienne out there is funnier about depression, death, religion or bed-wetting. It’s that juxtaposition of light and dark that will be at … Read More

By / December 19, 2008

"I think we both see the book as Sarah bringing her overarching sunniness to life’s darker moments. No comedienne out there is funnier about depression, death, religion or bed-wetting. It’s that juxtaposition of light and dark that will be at the heart of the book. Or, as I like to think of it: equal parts gravitas and gravlax." – David Hirshey, the HarperCollins editor working on Sarah Silverman’s forthcoming book, in the New York Observer

"Oh, I don’t talk about God." – Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, in Esquire

"I just found it so stifling, my religion. I know it’s very comforting for other people. And it was too much of what you shouldn’t be doing instead of what you could be doing. I get enraged when people start telling other people how to live their lives. It drives me mental. This Prop. 8 thing just drives me mental." – Brad Pitt, speaking out against the religious groups who have worked to ban gay marriage in California, in Rolling Stone (via Afterelton.com)

"I don’t know how a person navigates anything like this. And I think nobody is prepared for something like this. But she is incredibly strong. She is a woman of faith. And I think she is figuring out. I can’t imagine what it must be like for her." – Sarah Jessica Parker, talking about how Jennifer Hudson is coping with the murders of three family members, on Larry King Live (via The Daily Express)

"Smith gave a combined $122,500 to the Church of Scientology, broken into these donations: $67,500 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxication Fund, $50,000 to the group’s Celebrity Center in Hollywood and $5,000 to ABLE, another Scientology offshoot." – an analysis of Will Smith’s 2008 federal taxes

"I think most of the fundamental and evangelical Christians in this country would be revolted by him. He’d endorse gay marriage, a woman’s right to choose what they do with their bodies, a individual’s right to love any other individual, regardless of gender. I believe he’d dismiss much of the supernatural silliness in the Bible; the universe being created in a week, angels with wings flying around like superheroes, a bearded God with a thundering voice….Obviously the book will be fiction, just as I believe much, if not all, of the first two books of the Bible were fiction." – Author James Frey, discussing the Christ figure who will be the main character in his next book, on Gawker.com

"You actually think at certain times angels come down to earth and Heath might have been one of them. And then he’s gone and you think: this is all wrong, all the other people should be dead. He should be leading us all into a wonderful world of adventure." – Terry Gilliam, from an essay about Heath Ledger, in The Guardian

"I still have doubts, I mean, I read the Bible and go ‘whoa, why did God say that?’ " – Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of the Saddleback megachurch, on Beliefnet.com

"Mountains are like being in another world. That’s where I find my spirituality, I suppose…there can be huge fear when you climb, but overcoming that is exhilarating." – Andy Serkis, best known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies, in The Times (UK) Online