By way of background, Penn Jillette is probably best known as the speaking half of the Penn & Teller illusionist duo. He has also guest starred on sitcoms, co-directed a documentary, and was the primary announcer for Comedy Central for a period. Some will know him from his stint on “Dancing with the Stars.” Apparently, he was booted off pretty quickly.
Penn is something of a renaissance man, and has pursued a number of interests beyond entertainment. He has written a column for a computing magazine. He has invented and patented a hot tub that is specially designed to provide women with sexual pleasure.
Penn has also become known as a man of very strong convictions. He is a libertarian, and a fellow of the Cato Institute. He is also a devout atheist. He is very confident there is no god. He has stated that his atheistic beliefs are central to who he is, and inform all aspects of his life. Nonetheless, he does think Christians should proselytize. In the clip below, he explains his thinking on the matter and describes how moved he was by the genuine concern expressed by a Christ follower after one of Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas shows.
John 13:34 (New American Standard Bible)
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”