Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Via the blog at Bosco Peter's helpful site http://liturgy.co.nz

There's something about this - maybe the physical constraints of a webcam reinforce the feeling of deep emotion and hard thinking. I'm a Penn fan, as I've mentioned, though I think I would be kind of frightened of him in person (just that he would be dismissive and hurt my feelings, not frightened that he would, like, eat me or anything.)

(Well, look at him. Stranger things have happened.)


Dawn said...

That was great. . . I think that guy has him thinking. . .

Ralph said...

I'm amazed, given Penn's vitriol towards religion. This quote resonated with me:

"One [good] man is not going to change that [Penn's atheism]."

One man might not, but what if there were more? What if we who claim to believe in the creator and source of all good were to actually act on that belief? What if Penn, other atheists, or just people in general were surrounded by "good, sane" people? Wouldn't that make a difference?

For me personally, that's the challenge: to be that one man, every day.

What a neat example of 1 Peter 3:15-16, which says:

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."

betsy said...

Yeah, it is really striking - Penn, who is a smart ass for a living, is so visibly moved by this guy's actions, and what they say about his love and integrity.

I also think it's striking that this guy, the way Penn describes him, clearly acted as if he had nothing to lose. Of course, as a Christian, he has - none of us has - anything to lose or gain from any person, just opportunities to love. But how often do i act like that? And how often does Penn Jillette, as a certain kind of celebrity, see people who act like that? I would imagine there's a great deal of sycopacy (?) (sucking up) in Penn's dealings with strangers, and a great deal of conflict - a lot of people with something to prove.

This guy had nothing to prove. It made an impression.