Tuesday 27 December 2011
Saw this Penn Jillette quote:
There is no god and that’s the simple truth. If every trace of any single religion died out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.
Well, yeah. Christianity (and some other major religions) unabashedly depend on revelation, the idea that God is so transcendent that humans can't figure out much about him on their own, so he has to tell us. And most of that telling doesn't come to us individually, it has to be passed on to us. Annihilate the revelation and we're in the dark again. So ignoring the pejorative language, and apart from the first sentence, there isn't much for a Christian to disagree with in that quote.