Friday, November 25, 2005

Magician Penn and Commentator Buckley Juxtaposed

I hope you listen to National Public Radio. If you do so, as often as you should, it is likely that you have been fortunate to catch a broadcast or two of This I Believe, a series wherein folks of all stripes record short statements or conversations about what is really important in their lives. Very frequently the respondents expose stripped-down and essential details of their lives and beliefs that are very poignant and germane to the life-experiences of all of us.

Two views by notable personalities expressed in the series explore a personal belief/disbelief in a God: Commentator-publisher William F. Buckley, Jr., and Penn Jillette, the larger, outspoken half of the magic/comedy team Penn and Teller.

Buckley quote: "
This I believe: That it is intellectually easier to credit a divine intelligence than to submit dumbly to felicitous congeries about nature."

Penn quote: "
This I believe: I believe there is no God."

Read the statement-essays of both men, then ask yourself and ponder some hard questions about what it is that you believe and why. The insights provided by your honest answers might inform your future in ways you can't imagine now.

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