Penn Jillette On God, No!, Atheism, Libertarianism, & More

Penn Jillette On God, No!, Atheism, Libertarianism, & More
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Reason’s Nick Gillespie talks with the one-and-only Penn Jillette about his best-selling new book, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, his friendship with Glenn Beck, skepticism versus cynicism, the role of religion in terrorism, why he’s a libertarian, and much more in a wide-ranging conversation.

Penn Jillette is the larger, louder half of Penn & Teller. For the magical duo’s official website, go here:

About 17 minutes. Shot by Anthony Fisher, Meredith Bragg, and Jim Epstein; edited by Epstein.

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37 Comments

  • MrCharlieCom says:

    God once told me that, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.” ‘Opinions’ about God and not necessarily the truth.

  • S W says:

    I don’t know what’s best for everyone in all cases, but I know enough to be confident that things like “access to life-saving medical intervention that won’t cripple you financially” are best for everyone.

  • Arroyo69able says:

    7:20 is where you lost me where you are actually buying Clinton’s bullshit…SIGH!

  • B Neilson says:

    So, what does he think government should be responsible for, nothing?

  • Richard Mattingly says:

    To Matt Freitag, I’ve read the works of Bastiat, von Mises and the mysogynistic Rothbard as well as the Ayn Rand’s reverence towards wealth in Atlas Shrugged. Libertarianism is just neo feudalism where those with the most success make the rules and sell poverty as the lack of effort not not economic inequality. Rothbard hatred of the Womens Movement in 1960-70s showed the level of ignorance that is shocking because he didnt see it as equal rights but some puesdo gender based nanny state. Its not progressive to allow businesses to deny you employment or fire you based on race, gender, religion, and even your country of origin in US did in 1800-1930s and returning to those times isn’t about Freedom at all……

  • Tor says:

    Here is some     reason    for ya……  Why do ya think Madilyn Murray O’Hair got to be ‘head Atheist’?     ‘Cause she was NOT a very likable person just as it is with big mouthed Penn.

  • Goalie says:

    If Penn Jillette can call himself a libertarian simply based on the fact that he doesn’t know what’s best for other people then I think I should be able to call myself a vegan simply based on the feelings of love I have for animals. I mean I still eat meat but my heart’s in the right place right?

  • syntaxed2 says:

    ALL Religious countries are shitholes = Saudi Arabia, America, Iran, Israel, Pakistan

    ALL secular countries are good places = Sweden, Canada, Holland, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, France

  • d rouse says:

    , Christans want christian law , and when others object the christians proclaim there is a war against religion .

  • Nate Puterbaugh says:

    Liberarianism is a great idea in theory, just like socialism is a great idea in theory. They both fail due to one thing: greed. As Penn says, the majority of people won’t steal that car. The problem is that there are always going to be the ones that will. And they ruin it for everyone else

  • Justin Magaw says:

    yes but just because she’s working at McDonald’s that doesn’t mean her life she be fucked. That was very condescending Penn.

  • Holy nova says:

    Atheist have a narrow skew In what the term god truly mean to those who are religious. I don’t believe an invisible man in the sky exists nor do I believe that any man made scriptures are fact. What I do believe is that the term god is symbolic to what we have yet managed to comprehend. God is not a an entity in which you can define, the closest thing that could even be considered god is nature. Why do trees grow from soil? why does soil cover the earth, why does life in the universe find a way to exist even when it should seem possible, that is what god represents the force of life and nature. Believe what you want to believe but god is real and it’s all around you everywhere you look god is the wind in your hair and the stars in the sky it’s all there but no one can explain why.

  • James Brock says:

    So he read from Genesis to the middle of Leviticus….that explains a good bit.

    The Old Testament is a shadow of the things to come and the substance of those things are found in Christ. Col. 2:17

  • Sescopian says:

    Having been around long enough to delve into what strikes me as a pseudo-subject in what I would consider a fairly thorough manner, I’m at a place where I can call myself an atheist/agnostic. I’m Atheist in that I don’t buy anything people attempt to advance as in any way being an explanation of what’s behind The All of Being, and I’m Agnostic in that although I suspect there’s something behind it all, I haven’t the slightest clue of what.

  • kingdomfor1 says:

    Yes Penn, you are correct, the pathway to Atheism is to read the bible.

  • kingdomfor1 says:

    So we are killing less people now than any time in history , Me thinks ,maybe ,because we are becoming more secular and less religious . And as religion dies a slow death ,the world will get better and better.

  • Danielle Williams says:

    Penn is my spirit animal

  • jmohave says:

    least synical and most skeptical. that is a good place to be at. hover around this frequency.

  • vibra64 says:

    ” For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible.”

  • EduppsTiBi is daddy says:

    Well penn. HAVE FUN IN HELL!

  • Omel Borpon says:

    Use your computer to contribute to medical science by joining Folding@home, a distributed computing project. Team ASH (Atheists, Skeptics and Humanists) Team # 182116 wants you!

  • Jens K says:

    Jillette, regarding Killary. Don’t judge people on what they say. Judge them on what they do.
    She lost because people found out what a corrupt, warmongering piece of shit she is.

  • Eric Kilmer says:

    Penn Jillette for President!!!

  • Deena James says:

    this guy is so high on coke and meth its easy to see why this mentally ill generation would consider anything he says as intellectual or reasonable

  • Neil Forbes says:

    If you have a trio of idiotic(read: religious) ideas and espouse them after dark, would that be Three Dog(ma) Night? LOL Apologies to the members of that late 1960s/early 1970s septet.

  • read only says:

    im christian+love this man+his sense of freedom. ps. “thou shell not steal” all taxation is thieft ::: ::

  • Iron_Slash says:

    I believe in god but penn is a nice guy

  • Wm Curtis Szabo says:

    Well, I am a Christian and lean heavily Libertarian.

  • Richard Day says:

    National debt is left out of his talk of problems we face today.

  • vljzlj says:

    “There is a quality, specially you see in Hilary Clinton”, okay I’m out. 🙂

    I love his magicians skills and knowledge, but saying this pushed me away definitely.

  • multiplesifl says:

    2017’s gonna have to call bullshit on that whole “things get better” idea, Penn. :/

  • kobe Acosta says:

    Write a book of God no and then say there is a possibility of there being a God ? Huh

  • kobe Acosta says:

    Must have not read the entire bible to jump in to conclusions.

  • kobe Acosta says:

    No judgement but I see lost in people. God bless everyone.

  • david bleh says:

    luv hearing from Penn; know how he makes things so simple? They are 🙂

  • The Market Liberal says:

    Penn Jillette is right- I became an atheist after reading the bible, and I was convinced halfway between the book of Leviticus.

  • The Market Liberal says:

    I as a Libertarian have an ideal view of the world and advocate for pragmatic applications of those ideas.

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