Wednesday, December 07, 2005

And for my next trick, I'll make God appear
Just a quick post to let you know (yes, you) that Penn Jillette penned [oooh, marvel at my wit] an essay for NPR's "This I Believe" series entitled "There Is No God". I didn't know Jillette is an atheist, and it turns out he's a "research fellow at the Cato Institute" to boot (not that the two have anything to do with each other). And here I thought he was just(!) a magician. Who knew?

Anyway, it's a nice optimistic piece on why being an atheist is a good thing. I invite you to read it for yourself. Here, I think, is the most controversial passage:
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.
"No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future." Discuss.