22 November 2005

This I Believe

All the more reason to love Penn Jillette.

His essay for the NPR Series This I Believe - which explains how he believes there is no God -- includes the following:

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...

Believing there is no God means the suffering I've seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn't caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn't bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future.

I'm still struggling with my own belief, I guess. But I long for a world in which -- God or no -- things work the way that Jillette suggests they should.

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