Comedian/author Penn Jillette on his book "God, No!" and sharing life stories on being an atheist.
This generation has declared God to be dead and each individual has made themselves their own god, with a set of self serving situational ethics. Oh what joy to cheer for self actualization, do what feels good America, progress to what at the expense of what. Deep emptiness lies in store for those who choose a "go it alone attitude". Keep spending, searching exploring and you will find a deep void in your sole. Sit back and tap away your hate towards those with a belief in something greater than humanity.
I read his book "Oh God". It was very good. I came to respect him whereas I thought he was just a big blowhard before.
Other than recognizing there is no space ghost, overall he's an idiot. His voice is annoying, and the TV shows he's done are so horribly done it should be considered a crime against humanity.
The bits about throwing out the religious-related ones isn't original either. George Carlin condensed the 10 commandments well in the past removing the space ghost from them.
His take on "God is good" – essentially that we have some kind of Platonic notion of "good" that can exist outside of theology is actually NOT the meaning most religions would recognize. "God is good" to most theists means that whatever god wills, is good. Therefore, holy wars, death to infidels, the slaughter of women and children ... so long as god wills it, it is good.
But... to use the term "good" as a descriptor for God or his actions suggests that good exists as an idea outside of God. Why not just say "God is."?
Ugh! Glenn Beck is in this story. Ugh!
Love the tag at the bottom of the Intro "Filed under: Atheism-Entertainment". From the number of comments, there are a lot of people lining up to hear what he thinks is important to say (or sell).
Penn is one of the few celebrities I actually admire. He's a genius compared to all the fluff that's out there.
Starting Point airs weekdays from 7am to 9am ET on CNN. Check in often to join the daily conversation.