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by Penn Jillette


Jillette says God, No! resulted from Glenn Beck having asked him to entertain the idea of an atheist Ten Commandments

Jillette says God, No! resulted from Glenn Beck having asked him to entertain the idea of an atheist Ten Commandments. Many are actually broader in scope than the original.

Penn is no doubt a highly intelligent person, and he is an entertaining writer.

Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Penn is no doubt a highly intelligent person, and he is an entertaining writer. Some of the stories work into the central theme better than others, and some I was left wondering what the point was in even mentioning them. Regardless, if you are a fan of theirs or their excellent Showtime series you will probably enjoy this book. 4 people found this helpful.

59 quotes from Penn Jillette: 'If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. Penn Jillette, Every Day is an Atheist Holiday. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again. 'What I have a problem with is not so much religion or god, but faith. When you say you believe something in your heart and therefore you can act on it, you have completely justified the 9/11 bombers  .

God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tales is a book by illusionist and comedian Penn Jillette. Jillette also tells of his childhood growing up in Greenfield, Massachusetts as well as his current life in Las Vegas. The book reached on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction list and spent a total of six weeks on the list.

Praise for God, No! "People who say that libertarians have no heart or atheists have no soul need to read this book. Because Penn Jillette has a lot of both. - MATT STONE and TREY PARKER, creators of South Park and the award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon

Praise for God, No! "People who say that libertarians have no heart or atheists have no soul need to read this book. - MATT STONE and TREY PARKER, creators of South Park and the award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly, and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. This book is funny, provocative, and profane. But is it right? God, no!" - -GLENN BECK.

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I’m a loud, aggressive, strident, outspoken atheist, and I’m an asshole-but what I’m claiming is not in any way arrogant. It couldn’t be more humble. It’s just I don’t know.

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heart or atheists have no soul need to read this book. - MATT STONE and TREY PARKER, creators of South Park and the award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon"There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly, and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. But is it right? God, no!" - -GLENN BECK"This planet has yielded exactly one mutual friend for Glenn Beck and me and that friend has written a brilliant book called God, No!

From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

In this rollicking yet honest account of a godless existence, Penn takes listeners on a roller coaster of exploration and flips conventional religious wisdom on its ear to reveal that doubt, skepticism, and wonder―all signs of a general feeling of disbelief―are to be celebrated and cherished, rather than suppressed. And he tells some pretty damn funny stories along the way.

From performing blockbuster shows on the Vegas Strip to the adventures of fatherhood, from an ongoing dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right to the joys of sex while scuba diving, Jillette’s self-created Decalogue invites his listener on a journey of discovery that is equal parts wise and wisecracking.

“People who say that libertarians have no heart or atheists have no soul need to read this book. Because Penn Jillette has a lot of both.” ―Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park and the award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon

“There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly, and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. This book is funny, provocative, and profane. But is it right? God, no!” ―Glenn Beck

“This planet has yielded exactly one mutual friend for Glenn Beck and me and that friend has written a brilliant book called God, No! Penn reveals ‘the big secret of magic,’ tells you why tattoos are perfect expressions of atheism and exactly what to eat when you know you’re going to vomit later.” -Lawrence O’Donnell

“Penn Jillette is a twenty-first-century Lord of Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible―and unique. There isn’t―couldn’t be―better not be―anybody like him.” ―Richard Dawkins, bestselling author of The Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion

Xar
I enjoyed the book and have been a fan of the author for a long time. I took off a star because the book really doesn't match the title. In fact, the book was much more about the author's anecdotal experiences than it was about either convincing or identifying atheist tendencies in the reader. The author has certainly led a colorful life, and has been extraordinarily lucky, and so being a fan I found it interesting to learn more about him. If you were not already familiar with, and interested in, Penn & Teller as famous magicians, you might not find the book interesting enough to get past the foul language, weird behavior, and a lot of general crass childishness written in, sometimes, excruciating detail.

As a book on general atheism, I would not recommend it at all. There are some cute quotes and some discussion of why Penn is himself an atheist, but between all that the book is more about Penn himself and his personal anecdotes. I'm not even sure why he went this direction as he could have removed a very small amount of the book and sold it as "Penn's thoughts and stupid human tricks." I probably would have bought it anyway...
Modred
I was disappointed in this. I've always been a fan of Penn Jillette, but it seems like he threw together a bunch of random thoughts and laced it with a lot of explicit sex talk in an effort to be hip.
GoodLike
"You don't have to be very smart, fast, or funny to be an atheist. You don't have to be well educated. Being an atheist is simply saying, 'I don't know'."--Loc 80

GOD NO! is god awful. Especially the first half, or so, where Jillette seems hell-bent to out 'Howard-Stern' Howard Stern with juvenile raunch. Way too much information.

The second half is better--the 'Afterword' is very much worth reading--but still there's far too much recourse to too vulgar imagery.

Penn Jillette has long been an admired champion of individual liberty, with much to offer on the subject. Packaging his good ideas in sleaze, however, is distracting and cheapens the product.

Recommendation: Read, instead, Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Shermer, Jacoby, Ali, Ingersoll, Mencken, Twain, Barnum, Hayek, Ringer, Randi, Rothbard, or Rand. Their writings may tend toward the less visceral--but at least you won't get your metaphorical face rubbed in metaphorical body fluids.

(NB: If by chance you are, or think like, a hormonal fourteen year old boy, feel free to disregard this recommendation--but read those other folks, too.)

"There's a world of safety in doubt. The respect for faith, the celebration of faith is dangerous."--Loc 3211

Kindle edition, 224 pages, 3229 Locs
Otiel
First, a warning. If you are a frail lady librarian from the heartland, are of a certain age, or find strong language intolerable, you won't get past the Tourette's-like frequency of Jillette's &*#%s.

That being said, Penn Jillete has an eye for a humorous line, and it doesn't get much funnier than his thoughts on the power (or impotence) of religion. He takes on God (or as he consistently renders it, god) and church alike as a problem in today's society, and isn't shy about telling us why he feels neither has a place in our lives.

Much of the book is anecdotal in the extreme: we learn why his mother wasn't religious, and what his children do for the holiday season that falls at the end of the calendar year. A supremely moving story about the death of his mother provides an insight into a secular ceremony to replace a funeral service. Another hilarious tale shows us the power of breaking religious food laws, as he and Teller introduce an ex-Jew to a bacon cheeseburger at a restaurant named "Traif".

I enjoyed it thoroughly, mostly while "revering the porcelain god", but my simple testimony shouldn't sway you. Look inside, read a page or two and make up your own mind whether to buy in. After all, that's what Jillette is asking us to do with the various holy books we are heir to.

Can I get an Amen?
Agantrius
The reason I am giving this book a 2 star rating is because it is not really even about religion, of course religion and atheism are mentioned throughout the book, it is not a book about religion or atheism, its more of a humorous/auto-bio type book. If you're a fan of Penn Jillette you should have no problem enjoying this book. However if you are expecting a book that is primarily focused on religion/atheism, this is not the book for you. That being said its still a pretty good read, some very interesting stories from Penn's life in this book.
Exellent
I read the book over a few days and was amazed that Penn and I looked at things so much alike. It's just stories, most are interesting to say the least and the rest caused me to laugh out loud several times. Its been awhile since a non-fiction book caused me to LOL. I'll probably re-read it at some point. I feel like I want to meet the guy after reading his book, he tells it like it is! Now i think I'm an atheist too and while i felt that way before I never really gave it a lot of thought. I say thanks to Penn for being so open about the subject. I'm now writing my own novel called "Santa Claus No!" j/k :-)
Arashilkis
More of an interesting collection of anecdotes than any kind of serious attempt at discussing religion vs atheism pitfalls and virtues. In my opinion too much crass language and attempt at shock value, ultimately interferes with enjoyment of the book, almost comes off a little childish
God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales ebook
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