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Earlier, we had an article on buses in Britain advertising atheism

http://thecriticalthinker.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/atheists-campaign-using-british-buses/

Now, it seems that advertising using buses have now gained ground in several countries.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090119/lf_afp/lifestylebritainreligiontransportatheism;_ylt=AveBcS.Rr_mlnMEBafIQq00DW7oF

 

 

Around the world, atheists hit road to knock down GodAFP/File – An artists impression of a London bus with the slogan ‘There’s probably no God. Stop worrying …

LONDON (AFP) – An atheist drive to persuade people that God doesn’t exist is catching on in a surprising fashion — on the sides of buses in a growing number of countries around the world.

With the concise message “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life,” the campaign took to the road in Britain this month, while similar drives are underway or planned in SpainItaly,Canada and Australia.

Atheists in Italy and Spain, however, have had more success with their attempts.

Buses with a similar slogan to the Atheist Bus Campaign’s message, translated into Catalan, began appearing on two routes in Barcelona on Monday, with plans to extend the campaign to the rest of the country.

In Italy, meanwhile, buses with the slogan “The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is that we do not need him” will begin traversing the northern Italian city of Genoa on February 4.

Here in Britain, apart from opposition from religious groups, some atheists are unhappy with the inclusion of the word “probably”, principally added so that it would adhere to British advertising rules.

Cave, though not in agreeance with the word’s inclusion, noted that the campaign is trying to make a broader point.

“I can see no evidence for God just as I can see no evidence for pineapples floating around the moon,” he said.

“I don’t say there probably aren’t any pineapples floating around the moon, I just say I know there aren’t any pineapples floating around the moon. But, it’s a piece of marketing, and I think it’s good because it makes people think.”

Now think about it really hard, which should be considered an offensive slogan (if one of them is even to be considered to be offensive at all):

1. “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”

2. “There is a God. Now start examining yourself”

Should the first one really be considered as offensive or non-offensive as the latter?

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The Bible Code claims that hidden in the first five books of the Bible in its original Hebrew text are hidden messages in code that made predictions thousands of years ago about current events, such as the assassination of JFK and the end of the world. In this episode Michael Shermer decodes the Bible Code and reveals it to be a form of numerology that serves as a supreme example of pattern-seeking (and finding) behavior of which we are so skilled.

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Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video, images and music, professional skeptic Michael Shermer explores these and other phenomena, including UFOs and alien sightings. He offers cognitive context: In the absence of sound science, incomplete information can combine with the power of suggestion (helping us hear those Satanic lyrics in Led Zeppelin). In fact, he says, humans tend to convince ourselves to believe: We overvalue the “hits” that support our beliefs, and discount the more numerous “misses.”

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Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

Liberals and conservatives value certain things similarly and other things differently. His captivating talk on moral psychology sheds insights on the nature of morality of religion and the nature of belief systems.

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After seeing the stick, meet the carrot.

Here is another version from some experts:

I was viewing these with a kind of weary incredulity. As we are unable to define heaven except in terms of our own human experience, then why bother asking?

Although I like what the guy said about being able to paint with far greater skill in heaven, and have all sorts of abilities as well. If I ever want to learn Photoshop or nuclear physics, I know where to go.

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First, let us consider the website, antispore.com, which is a Christian Fundamentalist website critical of the new video game “Spore”, because it is based on evolution and is thus against the word of God.

Next, let us consider Poe’s Law, which states that, “Without a blatant indicator of humor, it is impossible to tell the difference between religious Fundamentalism and a parody thereof.”

Last, consider this Sept. 11 post on Antispore:

But in the Bible we are told in Genesis 6:7 “So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth–men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them.””

But the Bible teaches us that God was not done with man. For we were His creation and He then spoke to Noah in Genesis 8:21-27 after the flood.
“21. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never gonna give you up. 22. “Never gonna let you down.” 23.”Never gonna run around and desert you.” 24. “Never gonna make you cry.” 25. “Never gonna say goodbye.” 26. “Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.” 27.”Never truly believe anything you read on the Internet. There will always be cases of Poe’s Law.”

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24598856/?GT1=43001

LONDON – Albert Einstein: arch rationalist or scientist with a spiritual core?

A letter being auctioned in London this week adds more fuel to the long-simmering debate about the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s religious views. In the note, written the year before his death, Einstein dismissed the idea of God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as “pretty childish.”

The letter, handwritten in German, is being sold by Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday and is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $16,000.

Einstein, who helped unravel the mysteries of the universe with his theory of relativity, expressed complex and arguably contradictory views on faith, perceiving a universe suffused with spirituality while rejecting organized religion.

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