Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reaching the Atheist Heart

The following video commentary from entertainer and atheist Penn Jillette offers some surprising insights on how we must carry ourselves in our engagement with non-believers. Play close attention to his comment about 'proselytizers' and how he was struck by the demeanor of the man who offered him the Bible. We need to learn from this.

HT: Lee Strobel

A bit of the transcript:

"... I've always said, you know, that I don't respect people who don't proselytize. I don't respect that at all. If you believe that there's a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell, or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think that, well, it's not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward ... how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you, and you didn't believe it, and that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that ..."

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