“I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize.”
–Penn Jillette (illusionist, entertainer & atheist)
And there’s more:
“How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”¹
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According to the astrophysicist/evangelist Hugh Ross (see note¹) Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller²) recently produced a videoblog where Jillette describes a “wonderful” encounter with a gracious, hopeful Christian believer. He said he couldn’t help but appreciate the kind, genuine care expressed in the man’s eyes.
This reminds me of an almost off-hand comment made to me almost exactly 50 years ago in Africa. A fellow Peace Corps teacher and I were walking to where we would catch the bus to take us to our school when he, a Jew, said to me (after I’d briefly been explaining what I thought was important to being a Christian), “If I believed all that, I don’t think I’d be living like you.”
He laughed and certainly forgot everything I’d said; I made myself smile, the conversation ended, and we continued on our way. But I still carry the memory of his single sentence 50 years later.
[With this post we’re experimenting with “cluttering” our brief titles with the preface “science, RELIGION, etc.” to give the content-searching robots better focus, which has always been a problem for us since Day 1. Each post will be forced into one of 3 categories (“RELIGION” fitting best here & therefore capitalized).]
¹ This information comes from Hugh Ross in the November 2013 newsletter of Reasons To Believe, an organization that systematically, and effectively, shows how new discoveries in science relate to teachings in the Bible and Christian faith. I recommend this organization.
² Penn and (Raymond Joseph) Teller have performed magic, illusionist acts, comedy, from the 1970’s on Letterman, Leno, Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, and The Today Show, as well as winning Emmys, and having successful off-Broadway runs.