“Too much, the atheist bus?”

Atheist Bus

I drive my wife to work in the morning. This morning I had the delightful surprise of reading “There’s probably no God: Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life” on the side of a street car. First of all, who’s worrying? Second of all, and more importantly, we’re supposed to stop worrying based upon a mere probability? Pardon my snicker. If God probably doesn’t exist, then he just as probably does. If that’s the case and we all stop worrying, we’re all, to put it mildly, up a creek. I wonder if this is endemic to Canadian atheists? We Canadians have our opinions, but don’t always like to force them on people – hence the “probably” to take the wind out of critics’ sails. Is this the atheists way of being inclusive? Gotta let those agnostics in there too!

I am reminded of the words of Psalm 14:1, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” This verse has been reaffirmed in my mind today as I gazed happily at the side of a TTC Red Rocket. For more info about the bus campaign, check out Athiest Bus.

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6 responses to ““Too much, the atheist bus?”

  1. First of all, who’s worrying?

    From http://www.humanism.org.uk/bus-campaign:

    The Atheist Bus Campaign began when comedy writer Ariane Sherine wrote a Comment is Free article in June 2008 about the Christian adverts running on London buses. These ads featured the URL of a website which said non-Christians would burn in hell for all eternity. Ariane suggested that atheists reading her article could each donate £5 to fund a reassuring counter-advert.

    There were already Christian advertisements in place to make people worry that inspired the atheist bus campaign.

    That is who is worried – people who only believe in God out of fear of the possibility of hell.

    Additionally, all the Christian apologists who have ever referenced Pascal’s Wager spring to mind.

  2. Yeah, but the message, without context, has a much broader application.
    And come on, you have to admit, the “probably” isn’t really meant to convince, right?

  3. Well… Convince you of what?

    The atheist bus campaign wasn’t evangelical. It was attempting to redress the societal taboo against atheism by increasing the visibility of atheism in a manner that would provoke thought and discussion.

    It probably isn’t going to convince anyone that God doesn’t exist. But it has convinced a lot of people that it’s okay to be an atheist. Not

    In that sense, it has been a huge success.

  4. * Oops… The word ‘Not’ was a sentence that I’d meant to edit out. Silly me.

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