Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Penn Jillette: "There Is No God"

NPR : There Is No God

Just in time for the holidays, a piece on what people believe that is not necessarily in the mainstream. A good reminder that not everyone believes the same as you do, especially among the "christian" religions.

Penn Jillette wrote an excellent piece for NPR's "This I Believe" series on why he is "beyond Atheism". Many religious people don't understand or simply don't believe that you can have morals without god but I think that Penn has a very simple model that explains how there are even possible advantages to the atheist moral world view:

Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.

He also discusses many other advantages to a godless world that are well worth reading, especially if you are religious; not because it should convince you to not be religious but because it can help you understand that it is just as legitimate a position as your religious position. And hopefully soften some of the anti-atheist views held by most of America.

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