God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other


God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales [PDF / EPUB] God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales A scathingly funny reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments from the larger, louder half of world famous magic duo Penn and Teller reveals an atheist s experience in the world from performing on the V A Signs You May Already PDF or scathingly Signs You PDF/EPUB Á funny reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments from the larger, louder half of world famous magic duo Penn and Teller reveals an atheist s experience in the world from performing on the Vegas strip with Siegfried and Roy to children and fatherhood to his ongoing dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right and the joys of sex while scuba diving, Penn has God, No! ePUB Ñ an outrageous sense of humor and a brilliantly entertaining opinion on, well, anything you care to think of.

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  • Hardcover
  • 231 pages
  • God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
  • Penn Jillette
  • English
  • 26 September 2017
  • 145161036X

About the Author: Penn Jillette

Penn Signs You May Already PDF or Fraser Signs You PDF/EPUB Á Jillette is an American comedian, illusionist, juggler and writer known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team Penn Teller.



10 thoughts on “God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

  1. says:

    I wasn t expecting the pure reason of Richard Dawkins or the elegant, staggeringly beautiful prose of Christopher Hitchens when I picked up this book That was kind of the initial attraction, actually I was hoping for a discussion of atheism and religion that was a bitearthy and geared toward the layman than either of those two gentlemen are known for, and Penn Jillette seemed to fit the bill God, No is not an imposing book as it comes in a a modest 230 pages, so I figured it for some f I wasn t expecting the pure reason of Richard Dawkins or the elegant, staggeringly beautiful prose of Christopher Hitchens when I picked up this book That was kind of the initial attraction, actually I was hoping for a discussion of atheism and religion that was a bitearthy and geared toward the layman than either of those two gentlemen are known for, and Penn Jillette seemed to fit the bill God, No is not an imposing book as it comes in a a modest 230 pages, so I figured it for some fluff reading If it wasn t great, no big deal.Yep, it was no big deal.The first half of the book is okay Jillette rambles from anecdote to anecdote, many of which either only touch marginally on religion or not at all Though being pedaled directly toward that atheist and skeptically curious crowd, the subtitle does say it also contains Other Magical Tales, so the case for bait and switch would be difficult to pin on him My biggest complaint is how the back half of the book is so loaded with his libertarian drivel Now, anyone who knows enough about Jillette to want to pick up a book by him will also know he s a rabid libertarian, and I would have had to be stupid to have assumed he d be able to make it through the book without it cropping up in a number of places I was prepared for his incessant use of the phrase The Free Market of Ideas throughout, and I breezed right by those, and some of his comments made me laugh out loud He states Now, I love Ayn Rand as much as the next guy and I snorted as I thought that if the next guy is me, I can guarantee he loves her a HELL of a lot, but I guess I was naive enough to think he might be able to get through the book without good chunks or the entirety of whole chapters espousing his hatred of government, public schooling, and liberals in general He uses some choice profanities to describe the Far Right as well, but his contempt for the left is farlovingly nurtured in his words here.Even that I could breeze through if it weren t for the fact he is so terrible inconsistent in his view, even in the sparse 230 pages of the book In the first part of the book, he gives an anecdote on how he proudly lied to his parents to get them to take money from him so they wouldn t have to go to a nursing home He supposedly threatened a nurse with physical violence if she didn t tell his parents that they were allowed to stay in their home because of state moneys They accepted this because they were too proud to take money from their rich son.Wait, doesn t Penn say throughout the book that he got his rigid self reliant attitude from his folks Yet, they ll take tax dollars to stay at home rather than from him And he s cool with that Later in the book he states that the ends never justify the means Never How does he reconcile both the lie and the threat to the nurse, then Even when I agree with him on an initial point, he takes it over the line to a place I just can t follow I agree with him that security at airports is a joke, and the inconvenience it causes is pointless because no one is madesecure I agree that it is a serious infringement on civil rights We re good to that point But the solutions he comes up with range from being just as infringing to being simple, outright lunacy One might argue that he s a comedian, and he s simply trying to be funny in the manner of Jonathan Swift If so, he fails utterly Swift brought a white hot focus on the problems he was mocking with his words He could take an existing concern and stretch and enlarge it until its flaws are evident from outer space Penn simply comes up with alternatives that sound like they were thought up by two stoners in the back of a van Nothing in this book even approaches what I would call satire It s just dumb.There are points, however, that I really, really enjoyed in the book Penn comes across as a completely honest asshole, and I think he d be happy to read me use that description He s a snake and a cheat, but only when he feels the rules allow it He cheats fairly He s also crass, rude, and fairly disgusting, but he comes across as possessing a child s joy of life in his vulgarity Others may disagree, and I d completely understand if they did, but I find his repulsiveness kind of life affirming Without a doubt my favorite part of the book is his story of the orthodox Jew who d become an atheist in part because of Penn s influence and came to Vegas to ask him to witness his first bacon cheeseburger.There s a couplereally good stories in here, a lot of filler, and some frothing at the mouth bat shittery Whittled down, this would make for a very entertaining booklet

  2. says:

    I picked this up because I love Penn and Tellers Bullshit, and feel very strongly about skepticism and atheism Penn Jillette gets high praise from artists and skeptic bloggers alike, and doesn t hide his skeptical agenda I was very excited to read this That s what makes this book such a shame While there are parts that are genuinely hilarious or poignant, the vast, vast majority is Penn bragging about all his money or all the pussy he gets understandable, I suppose, but uninteresting and gr I picked this up because I love Penn and Tellers Bullshit, and feel very strongly about skepticism and atheism Penn Jillette gets high praise from artists and skeptic bloggers alike, and doesn t hide his skeptical agenda I was very excited to read this That s what makes this book such a shame While there are parts that are genuinely hilarious or poignant, the vast, vast majority is Penn bragging about all his money or all the pussy he gets understandable, I suppose, but uninteresting and grating , or show what a reprehensible human being he is One chapter is devoted to objectifying women, discussing how tits are awesome and detailing having sex while scuba diving with copious use of the C word, btw It just came off as mysogynistic and empty He later brags about threatening a female social worker He asked her to lie She refused As a health care worker I sympathize with her often you are forced to make hard choices, and people will often ask you to do things that will cost your job and or freedom Penn threatens her with physical violence and beams over the outcome These specific examples are meatballs, layered over a plate of generic bigoted, hateful spaghetti For someone who relishes pointing out logical fallacies, he certainly clings to fallacies and stereotypes heavily himself I wish I never picked up this book, because I think I m done with PT now

  3. says:

    I laughed so hard my sides hurt, but I still think Penn Jillette is a pig I agree with a lot, and disagree with less, but he is still a pig This was one of the most offensive and obscene books I have ever read My sides still hurt.

  4. says:

    Let me start by saying I was aof a fan then hater before the book, now I m about even Did you know Penn is friends with Joe Rogan You d think this book would be about atheism and penn s thought on it along with some stories from penn I hope you realize that Penn and Howard Stern have a good background together, they have sleepovers It s mostly outlandish and questionable stories about his sexual life that you have to challenge he makes himself seem like an 80 tommy lee , his non stop Let me start by saying I was aof a fan then hater before the book, now I m about even Did you know Penn is friends with Joe Rogan You d think this book would be about atheism and penn s thought on it along with some stories from penn I hope you realize that Penn and Howard Stern have a good background together, they have sleepovers It s mostly outlandish and questionable stories about his sexual life that you have to challenge he makes himself seem like an 80 tommy lee , his non stop namedropping briefly he states how he doesn t like namedroppers ironically , and his weekend events Penn and one of the guys from ZZ Top are best buds, just fyi The book is about 90% story and 10% true atheist talk aka, atheism as a backdrop or sidenote not counted, only when he talks about atheism and his thoughts and views Penn and Glenn Beck talk often, Glenn is such a sweet guy This is not a book about atheism, but rather a sort of snip and paste of stories penn likes to boast about It s 24 dollars of toilet paper to me I like penn, but this book 250 pages of him telling you how rich he is and how many famous friends he has Oh, and he mentions something about atheism, but thats not the point here Did you know Penn dated a supermodel who is amazing looking and is a freak in the sack Now that s something to put in a book Oh, wait, what do we have here

  5. says:

    It s hard to see and hear Penn Jillette without forming some sort of opinion Jillette, the large nearly 6 foot, 7 inches tall and approximately 300 pounds half of the illusionist magician comic duo Penn Teller, is talented, brash and unabashed He s never been loath to express his views And his new book, God, No Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales , is likely to reinforce that what you see is what you get.One of Jillette s core principles is that there is no Go It s hard to see and hear Penn Jillette without forming some sort of opinion Jillette, the large nearly 6 foot, 7 inches tall and approximately 300 pounds half of the illusionist magician comic duo Penn Teller, is talented, brash and unabashed He s never been loath to express his views And his new book, God, No Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales , is likely to reinforce that what you see is what you get.One of Jillette s core principles is that there is no God Not only is atheism an increasingly common subject on his Penn Point video blog, he has frequently been interviewed about it Likewise, he s not shy about it Jillette even says in the book s introduction that he s a loud, aggressive, strident, outspoken atheist, and I m an asshole He also admits in it that there s a lot of rambling in the book Jillette says God, No resulted from Glenn Beck having asked him to entertain the idea of an atheist Ten Commandments As a result, each chapter here consists of stories, some personal and some not, on the theme of Jillette s suggestion for each of the Ten Commandments Many are actually broader in scope than the original For example, his version of the Fifth Commandment Honor thy father and mother is Be there for your family Love your parents, your partner, and your children Likewise, the Seventh Commandment s proscription on adultery becomes Keep your promises If you can t be sexually exclusive to your spouse, don t make that deal It would be unfair to classify God, No as simply an attack on Christians Still, Jillette isn t afraid to call it as he sees it I haven t found Christ, he writes I m not even looking for him I don t need or want salvation Jillette s main focus is simply that he doesn t believe it God He holds his lack of belief so firmly that even agnostics irritate him One essay is titled, Agnostics No One Can Know for Sure but I Believe They re Full of Shit In it, he argues, among other things, that most agnostics are really just cowardly and manipulative atheists As noted, several of the essays center on personal anecdotes that don t deal directly with religion or atheism Thus, we hear of his adventures with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons on a so called vomit comet, an aircraft flight that provides weightlessness for approximately 30 second periods, or his trip to a gay bathhouse in San Francisco Yet even these stories tend to shed light on or illustrate the thesis of the particular suggested Penn Commandment Some might question how unrestrained he is in his language or his discussion of sex There s no doubt Jillette s intentionally blasphemous line about what he would do to Christ s hand wounds and on his crown of thorns would cause conniption fits in even semi devout Christians But Jillette has always been brash and unrestrained At least we know he isn t sacrificing any of his style, thoughts or opinions to the god of marketing His at times scathing humor is also at work in much of the book.One of the core elements of God, No is urging atheists to speak out and step forward This is where the book becomes a manifesto, a call to action Jillette even takes a page from some proponents of religion, urging atheists to preach and proselytize.Truth doesn t live in the closet You have to make it clear to everyone, including your children, that there is no god If you re not doing that every chance you get, then the other side will win They ll win only in the short term but we only get to live in the short term You don t have to fight, but you have to do your part you have to tell the truth You have to be honest You don t have to force schools to say there s no god, but you have to say it yourself You have to say it all the time No one can relax in a closet.Passages like this and the passion for ideas Jillette displays throughout the book mean he likely will be tagged by many as a militant atheist, using the term pejoratively Yet Jillette probably wouldn t take offense He s equally outspoken about being a Libertarian and, in the eyes of some, militant when it comes to personal and civil liberties From his perspective, he is simply placing his opinions in the marketplace of ideas, a right that belongs to everyone, asshole or otherwise And just as God, No leaves no question about his ideas, it is equally clear that Jillette doesn t care if you think he s an asshole, an atheist or an asshole atheist He just wants you to think Originally posted at A Progressive on the Prairie

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this rumination on atheism and other topics by Penn Jillette.

  7. says:

    This really isn t a book about atheism Which is fine, but it s reallyof a memoir and I sort of came away not liking him very much, while at the same time appreciating his occasional frailty.I found it interesting that he gave no empirical reasons for atheism other than the standard he can t see God with his own eyes yet was SO ADAMANTLY AND FORECEFULLY for it, while at the same time commenting often that the louder he protests something, thehe s hoping for someone to prove him wro This really isn t a book about atheism Which is fine, but it s reallyof a memoir and I sort of came away not liking him very much, while at the same time appreciating his occasional frailty.I found it interesting that he gave no empirical reasons for atheism other than the standard he can t see God with his own eyes yet was SO ADAMANTLY AND FORECEFULLY for it, while at the same time commenting often that the louder he protests something, thehe s hoping for someone to prove him wrong.Quotes I liked On talking about how the magic he and Teller do are mostly just dumb things they practice for much much longer than they are worth to get right Our deep secret is simply misplaced priorities Why he hates the Frosty the Snowman song There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around Correlation is not causation, you stupid Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys Song composing motherfucker On securityedition.com It s a website that sells little playing card sized metal copies of the Bill of Rights, with the Fourth Amendmenet search and seizure highlighted The Security Edition Bill of Rights sets off the metal detector and you say to the guard, Oh, here take my rights

  8. says:

    I really wanted to love this book I agree with many of Penn s opinions, but I just don t dig his literary voice I don t think I ve ever been as annoyed by, while completely agreeing with, anything else I ve ever read If you enjoy Penn s style and I kinda thought I did prior to reading this book , then you may enjoy this book Unfortunately, I grew less amused by it with every page I wish I could run it through Babelfish or something to filter out his imagined cleverness and insecure self I really wanted to love this book I agree with many of Penn s opinions, but I just don t dig his literary voice I don t think I ve ever been as annoyed by, while completely agreeing with, anything else I ve ever read If you enjoy Penn s style and I kinda thought I did prior to reading this book , then you may enjoy this book Unfortunately, I grew less amused by it with every page I wish I could run it through Babelfish or something to filter out his imagined cleverness and insecure self congratulatory crap I spent way too much time rolling my eyes at this book Here s a brief glimpse of one of my frequent, in my head arguments with this book Oh, for fuck s sake, I get it You don t drink drug but you re the craziest, edgiest, most free spirited boy of all Ever You re like Rimbaud and Bukowski and Lenny Bruce, but without hangovers I fucking GET IT already Can we move on To the rather excellent point you were almost starting to make No We have to do this again You re going to regale us oncewith another illustrative tale of your drug free Bohemianism Alright, fuck this, I m skimming I NEVER skim Look what you re making me do You re making me skim And you re making me hate yooooooou In summation This would have been an awesome book if it were written by George Carlin

  9. says:

    God, No By Penn Jillette God, No is the irreverent, unfiltered reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments The Penn Commandments takes you through Penn s personal life s experiences through the eyes of an atheist This 256 page book is composed of an introduction, the Ten Commandments and an afterword Positives 1 Be ready to be entertained Penn s irreverent unfiltered humor is exposed for all to see 2 Well written, fascinating and even uncomfortable to read at times, but Penn is never God, No By Penn Jillette God, No is the irreverent, unfiltered reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments The Penn Commandments takes you through Penn s personal life s experiences through the eyes of an atheist This 256 page book is composed of an introduction, the Ten Commandments and an afterword Positives 1 Be ready to be entertained Penn s irreverent unfiltered humor is exposed for all to see 2 Well written, fascinating and even uncomfortable to read at times, but Penn is never boring 3 A biography of sorts Interesting, page turner of a book The stories are hilarious, crude yet never malicious 4 Some of the funniest stories I ve ever read 5 Through some of the nutty antics, there is wisdom to be found Being proud of yourself, your beliefs, your taste, your accomplishments, and your immediate family and friends seems sensible and right Being proud of some imaginary group you were born into seems insane and wrong 6 Some very interesting insight about Penn Jillette 7 His track to atheism 8 The love of family is palpable and admirable 9 The secret to his success 10 Some celebrity insight 11 The meaning of tattoos 12 Interesting insight Atheists are also morally obligated to tell the truth as we see it We should preach and proselytize too 13 Agnosticism versus atheism 14 Nutty and amusing behavior There was a sex dungeon off the bedroom that has since been turned into a nursery the wonderful story of my life 15 The truths according to Penn 16 Political insight, Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks 17 Social criticism as only Penn can deliver 18 James Randi 19 Interesting insight about Nixon and I mean interesting 20 His views about the Tea Party 21 Love for Springsteen 22 Perhaps the funniest story I ve ever read and I will not spoil here 23 And the problem with faith Negatives 1 The crude humor and use of offensive language will put some people off 2 Sometime rambles too much in a given story for his own good 3 Some stories and one in particular was too uncomfortable even for an open minded person like me 4 Penn was on the wrong side of the global warming debate, so he wasn t on top of the scienceit happens 5 If you are expecting an intellectual book about atheism this is not the book This book is about the life stories of a nutty, hearty, larger than life entertainer who happens to be an atheist and a libertarianand that s not necessarily a bad thing 6 It s not as intellectually stimulating as I had hoped for In summary, this is an irreverent book at its heart and it doesn t apologize for it Penn Jillette has lived and continues to live an interesting life and has interesting viewpoints He s like that one intellectual nutty friend that everyone has or should have This book is crude, gritty, but at its essence it has heart and love of life If you can put up with some crudeness this book is an entertaining treat Further recommendations, of course the author s previous book, The Atheist Camel Chronicles , God Hates You, Hate Him Back and Jesus Lied by CJ Werleman, Your Religion Is False by Joel Grus, and What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus by Thomas Quinn All these books have an irreverent tone that is similar to the book reviewed

  10. says:

    I found this book very funny, but Penn somewhat full of s He starts it off trying to soft sell atheism, saying that it s ok, don t be afraid, if you have any doubt about the existence of god at all then you re an atheist and that s ok And it is ok But towards the end of the book he falls back on speaking in absolutes, as the vast majority of atheists I know always do They KNOW for sure that there is no god Anyone who believes otherwise, or has that doubt that Penn was so slavishly appeal I found this book very funny, but Penn somewhat full of s He starts it off trying to soft sell atheism, saying that it s ok, don t be afraid, if you have any doubt about the existence of god at all then you re an atheist and that s ok And it is ok But towards the end of the book he falls back on speaking in absolutes, as the vast majority of atheists I know always do They KNOW for sure that there is no god Anyone who believes otherwise, or has that doubt that Penn was so slavishly appealing to at the start of this book, is just plain old wrong And that we are so obviously right and they are so obviously wrong mentality is why I call Atheism a religion Because to me, that s the biggest problem with all religions And boy, do atheists hate when you call their belief a religion But what else can you call that sort of blind certainty other than faith And for the record, I m agnostic I think mankind is so small and insignificant that we will never know one way or the other NEVER Anything else, to me at least, is just human arrogance But hey, that s just what I think, what do I know I mean, I never wrote a funny book about the subject, so obviously I m speaking out of ignorance Still, I thought it was a funny and enjoyable book, when the atheist who wrote it wasn t preaching at me

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