Early life[ edit ] Jillette was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He was subsequently asked to leave the church, after asking questions in a youth group that purportedly also made skeptics of his peers. At age eighteen, he saw a show by illusionist James Randi , and became enamored of his approach to magic that openly acknowledged deception as entertainment rather than a mysterious supernatural power. Jillette regularly acknowledges Randi as the one person on the planet he loves the most besides members of his family. He played bass; bongos were by Dean J. The latter two became the a cappella comedy duo Mr.
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Frequently asked questions about the This I Believe project, educational opportunities and more Click here to learn more. Atheism is not believing in God. You sure? How about now? Maybe he was just hiding before. Check again. So, anyone with a love for truth outside of herself has to start with no belief in God and then look for evidence of God. She needs to search for some objective evidence of a supernatural power.
All the people I write e-mails to often are still stuck at this searching stage. The atheism part is easy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough.
It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more. I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day. I have to try to treat people right the first time around. I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. We can all keep adjusting, so we can really communicate. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future. Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.
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