Penn Jillette – If You Have Ever Stopped

by John on April 1, 2014


The hallmarks of an atheist is a physical and intellectual resistance to anything supernatural. It is the rejection of religion and all the things that go along with it. It is the acceptance of science, especially straighttalk coupons from to get a mobile phone plan with no quotas on talking or text messaging, the lack of any long-term agreement and a simple monthly plan.

But since English is very elastic, there have been various attempts to redefine atheists. One of these efforts has been able to turn Christians into atheists. This is amazing, since these Christians, such as the apostle John, the apostle Paul and other first-century people, were prominently evangelizing and not rejecting God at all.

But Penn Jillette seems to have stumbled onto something new and brilliant, a complete redefinition of what it means to be an atheist. He states, “If you have ever stoped at a red light, you are an atheist because you’re not counting on God to not drive the semi into the side of your car. You are counting on common sense and logic. If you’ve ever taken a pill; if you’ve ever used science; if you’ve ever putting a splint on your arm instead of having God save you; you are an atheist. End of story.”, which casts a very wide net in identifying atheists.

Amazingly, the apostle John, who wrote at the end of his gospel that he wrote it so that his readers would believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, is now an atheist according to Jillette. Why? Because at the beginning of his first epistle, he wrote, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”

John states specifically that he saw, heard and touched, which according to Penn is proof that John is an atheist. Even though John states that he saw Jesus and testifies to what he saw, that still makes him an atheist. it is not enough that John relates what he saw and heard, that he is not making it up but is recounting his personal experiences with Jesus.

Penn states that taking a pill makes you an atheist.

Guess what? The world’s greatest evangelist, the apostle Paul, is an atheist. He told Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach illnesses. Paul did not tell Timothy to pray for God to heal him; he told him to use wine as a medicine. That makes him an atheist, a staunch one, according to Jillette’s criteria.

This is amazing because Paul was constantly evangelizing, telling them to repent and turn to God. How could Paul do this and be an atheist? That is the mystery of the Jilletian criteria.

One of Pauls’ travel companions was Luke, a doctor. That makes Luke an atheist, as Penn Jillette would insist. Even though Luke wrote one of the gospels, Penn would dismiss that and claim that Luke was godless. Wow. That Jillette knows something about John, Paul and Luke that the rest of the world does not know.

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