Why magicians shouldn't talk about the Bible
Read more.Reason Magazine recently interviewed famed magician and author Penn Jillette, probably best known for his hit program on Showtime. The man is an incredible entertainer and writer. He's funny, thoughtful, and vocal about his libertarian politics. Naturally, I'm a fan.
But I've never liked what he has to say about religion. And based on the Reason interview, it seems his views haven't changed much since the Penn and Teller episode about the Bible. Jillette is impressed by the shallow arguments about Old Testament atrocities, Bible contradictions, and convinced that faith is believing without evidence. It's all standard atheist fare, long ago refuted. Nonetheless, let's take a look at some relevant portions of the interview, because I think they reflect the core of the skeptical case against Christianity.