Penn Jillette, of the magic duo Penn & Teller, is an Atheist and has been for some time. The duo has been hosting a show called “Bullshit” on Showtime for several years that exposes myths people can’t seem to drop. This morning an essay he wrote appeared on the NPR website that sums up how we non-believers find a purpose in life especially when this life is all we have. Here is a clip of the essay and I encourage you read the full the piece:
There is No God
by Penn Jillette
Morning Edition, November 21, 2005 · I believe that there is no God. I’m beyond Atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy — you can’t prove a negative, so there’s no work to do.
I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it’s everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me. It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more. Just the love of my family that raised me and the family I’m raising now is enough that I don’t need heaven. I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day.