Thursday, January 24, 2013

Penn Jillette's Ignorant Statement on Faith

From atheist Penn Jillette comes the following:
Religion is faith. Faith is belief without evidence. Belief without evidence cannot be shared. Faith is a feeling. Love is also a feeling, but love makes no universal claims. Love is pure. The lover reports on his or her feelings and needs nothing more. Faith claims knowledge of a world we share but without evidence we can share. Feeling love is beautiful. Feeling the earth is 6,000 years old is stupid.
I see. Faith in a Creator cannot possibly be based on the evidence found in the existence of a creation. Why, that's as silly as saying the computer on which I'm typing is evidence of a computer manufacturer.

What does scripture have to say?
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:18-23)
Mr. Jillette is an intelligent man, so statements such as his can only be made from blind ignorance. I pray that his eyes may one day be opened.

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