Matthew R. Perry

Avowed Atheist Penn Gives Some Prophetic Words For Christians

In Atheism, Evangelism, Homosexuality on December 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

Penn (of Penn and Teller) is a very talented individual who is a very avowed atheist. Yet, he was confronted by a man who is a Christian. Notice Penn’s reaction to this:

Interesting how Penn has figured out what so many Christians should already know. Consider this quote:

I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell, and you think, ‘Well, it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward’… How much do you have to hate somebody not to proselytize?

(HT: Ed Stetzer)

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  1. I dunno. If it really was an edition of the Psalms that Penn received — and obviously he doesn’t know & he doesn’t know whether the Psalms are from the OT or the NT — this is a book that doesn’t even address the issues of Heaven & Hell.

    Also: does Penn know that this guy was motivated by a Heaven/Hell perspective? Of course not. Maybe he was (as the saying goes) just one beggar telling another where he had found bread. But, that would be a motivation harder for Penn to understand.

    On the plus side, it’s nice to know that even outspoken atheists like Penn can be appreciate of gestures like this.

  2. It was a Gideon NT with the Psalms and Proverbs included.

  3. Come on Mr. Adams… your comment highlights the very thing we need to get away from. God’s Word does not return void. If God wants to use this beggar (as we all are)to give him a book of Psalms that speak about worship and joy in God, then He will use it rightly. It appears to me from Mr. Penn’s comments that others have sowed seeds and this man was simply watering it. God will make it grow.

  4. what is that profile picture next to my post? looks like a swastika…? 🙂 no swastika intended.

  5. I found it beautiful and even posted about it myself.

    my favorite quote is “How much do you have to hate someone to not proselytize.” He later does another video elaborating on this one. So it is possible he may be touched in a way he doesn’t understand.

  6. When Penn says people who believe in THEIR God should proselytize, he is contradicting himself, for he believes that we are ALL atheists. Proof of this is in his statement that if we want to know there is no God just describes someone else’s. A Christian may want to describe Allah, etc. If Allah is a false God even when the word MEANS God in a different language, then the word God in English is also a false God since that is what it would look like to non-English speakers. If you do not believe in someone else’s God, then you do not believe in God at all because those others do not believe in yours. What does not exist for you CANNOT exist for them. By the same count, what is false for them HAS to be false for you.

    So, when you proselytize, you do not do people a favor, much less love them. You merely say your culture (of beliefs) is better than their culture (of beliefs). None of it has anything to do with the reality or unreality of God, much less with truth.

    Therefore, people MUST not proselytize. All cultures are equally valid and worthy of respect.

    • Mike:

      Are you reflecting on Penn’s philosophy, or your own? Either way, what you say is quite unbelievable. If one person claims one thing as true, then another claims another as true, they both cannot be true (they may both be false, but two contradictory absolute statements cannot both be true at once)–this is basic study in logic.

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