I mentioned this morning in talking about "YOU SAY YOU WANT A RESOLUTION," a video blog from Penn Jillette. As we talked about making resolutions, the point that seemed to stick with some of us was the one about Sharing Our Faith. As an aside, instead of just making a resolution once a year- make corrections throughout the year, every month, maybe every day, moment by moment even. So back to the topic at hand... Penn is an outspoken atheist and makes no apologies for it. But what he says here is enough to make you want to follow his advice. Many atheists say, or maybe we just think they say that we should shut up about our faith. Don't speak up about what you believe. Nobody wants to hear you try to convert them or push your beliefs on them. In summary, Penn says "I don't respect people who don't proselytize. If you believe that there's a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell, and you think, 'Well, it's not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward'... How much do you have to hate somebody not to proselytize?" Even if you don't agree with his beliefs, you have to appreciate the philosophy behind what he says about this.

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