Saturday, April 01, 2006


Penn Jillette does not believe in God. Sly does.

I was glad to be a part of her baptism, even if I did not appreciate it on a religious level, I appreciated it as an important and profound
milestone in her life.

My husband will not discuss his (conflicted) religous beliefs with me.
I was hoping it would be an interesting discussion. Nope.

Most Japanese are not Christians and practice a combination of Shintoism and Buddhism. Real Buddhism (not the"lite" stuff Westerners see) is scary.You pretty much go it alone, although there are buddhas to help you out now and again. Buddhists have over 1,000 different kinds of hell and hell is not hard to get into but hard as...uh hell, to get out.

Buddhists don't go to heaven as we think of "heaven."
Ultimately, they want to be come nothingness, so as to stop reincarnating but doing so requires about 1,800 devotional acts, most of which are agonizingly difficult on a mental and spirtual level. I believe there's some level of acetism, too.

Religions of all sorts are strange.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ahh - but Penn may still be spiritual -

You don't have to believe in God to be spiritual.