by mr willow
So, did you hear the one about the atheists who decided to become evangelists? That's right, there were some anti-God folks in England who got ticked off one day by all the religious messages that were displayed on the side of city buses. So they decided to... wait for it... display an atheist message on the side of city buses. Uh-huh. I'll call this the Sixth Spiritual Law: "The more you hate something, the more you tend to become like it." (I've forgotten the fifth one; I think it has something to do with how people who reject the first four
tend to wind up believing something strange. But I digress.)
The result was an advertisement that confidently preached, "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." Results: scattered outrage, splash in the press, flurry in the blogosphere, happy atheists, happy ending.
I can't say I totally agree with the first part of the message, but that's probably just because I'm a theist. The second part I like just fine, since abandoning worry (Philippians 4:6-7
) and enjoying life (John 10:10
) are also two of the very nice bits of the Christian message, so it's good to know we have that in common. (See also Bugaboos
.) I fail to see how the lack of belief in an ultimate purpose to life helps in achieving those ends, but maybe that's just me.
(Actually, it's at least me and Jennifer from Conversion Diary
, one of the best-written faith blogs I've seen lately. Check out this story
But I'm a big believer in freedom of speech, which means, among other things, that I think anyone at all should have the right to display whatever opinion they want on the side of a bus, unless perhaps it's the opinion that the bus is carrying a bomb. I think that's true even--no, especially--if the opinion is one I disagree with or find a bit silly. ("Probably?" For real? Would you invest one dime in a bank that told you they probably
wouldn't go broke next week?)
So, go atheists! In fact, let's not stop there. I think there ought to be bus billboards promoting lots of different philosophies and opinions, so we can all make a more informed choice. Here are a few possible contenders:
Agnosticism Postmodernism Pessimism Nihilism Cosmological Argument (ironically put) Calvinism
You can blame all the above pictures on the Bus Slogan Generator
. You know you want to try it; go knock yourself out. If you come up with any good ones, put a link below so the rest of us can share the laughs. All in good fun, I hope. Props to Friendly Atheist
(which is my favorite kind of atheist) for the link.
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