Well, I must admit that it was very entertaining, very easy to watch. I agreed with many of his points, but feel he intentionally chose feeble representatives of each religion to emphasize his position that religion is simply absurdly ridiculous and hypocritical. I do not think Orthodoxy would move him, quite frankly. I thought his mum was cute and feel if anything, he would perhaps side with ,say, Reformed Judaism or some such-who knows.
I actually think he holds a lot of "beliefs" in common with Orthodoxy, as far accepting things as a "Mystery" and God being "unknowable", and the way he views spirituality as being more important than "religion" etc....I think he has quite a bit of common ground with Orthodoxy in fact.
I think given an opportunity, with a good theologian, he'd be able to find a lot to agree on. So I don't agree that Orthodoxy wouldn't move him, only that he's never been given the opportunity to dialogue with someone from a faith that didn't have a Fundamentalist attitude. Of course there are plenty or Orthodox Fundamentalists as well, and so I'm sure he could find that to be offensive or off putting, and I certainly think he'd have issues with some of our dogmas......but in reality, at least of all Christian Churches, Orthodoxy is dogmatic about fewer issues than any other traditional Church.
I'm not saying I think he'd become Orthodox or anything like that, only that I think he actually has a lot of things in common with Orthodoxy.....partly because Orthodoxy is big enough for many different points of view and spiritual traditions that speak to different types of people. I know of former Hindus, and one person who is a friend of mine who spent 30 years in Eastern meditation and new age-hinduism type practices, and how he completely wrote off Christianity until faced with Orthodox Christianity's monastic tradition, particularly the Jesus prayer, and saints like Gregory Palamas, which made him take notice and give a second look at Christ. Now he's a catechumen, and while he still has a ways to go, he's on the path. That's what I mean about Orthodoxy being "big enough" for various lines of thought, and I think there certainly is a tradition in Orthodoxy that is sympathetic to Maher's opinions.
Again, I'm not saying by simply having a conversation he'd magically convert, because, well I'm not crazy......but I do think he'd find much to agree with in Orthodoxy....even if he disagreed with the the overall premise and decided he didn't believe it, I still think he'd find much to respect in it, at least more to respect than to not respect. Though of course, I'm sure he'd say, "the costumes must go!"
I also listened to the Commentary on the DVD, and he mentioned that he really enjoyed the discussion with the Catholic astronomer/priest, and said, "I could have lunch with that guy".....which I took to mean, he didn't think he was nuts, and found it refreshing to find a priest that was "dogmatic" about every single thing. I think it's the absolute dogmatic attitude that he finds off putting more than anything.....as he says, "I don't know, and neither do you"....and that really is quite Orthodox in a lot of ways.
Like I said, I don't have any illusions that he'd "convert" just as I would expect someone of another faith to convert, but dialogue and understanding is another thing entirely.
Anyways, glad you finally saw the movie....on a side note, I found the moment when that one dude's hair catches on fire, particularly funny!
PS: just wanted to add, I'm SURE he'd disagree with the dogmas we do have, but still, I think he'd find the position we take on many issues a bit refreshing, especially for what is an ultra-traditional Church.