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I finally got a video of the bus campaign. In this video we even see Richard Dawkins, the author of  “The God Delusion”.

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

https://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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First they had the Christian ads. Now the atheists respond.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090106/lf_afp/britainreligionroadoffbeat_newsmlmmd

LONDON (AFP) – About 800 buses bearing the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” set off on Britain’s roads Tuesday in an atheist campaign responding to a set of Christian ads.

The campaign, which will also see slogans plastered across London’s subway system, was paid for by more than 140,000 pounds (200,000 dollars, 150,000 euros) in public donations, the British Humanist Association said.

It was the brainchild of comedy writer Ariane Sherine, 28, who objected to the Christian adverts on some London buses that carried an Internet address warning that people who rejected God would spend eternity in “torment in hell”.

She sought five-pound donations towards a “reassuring” counter-advertisement and won support from the BHA and atheist campaigner Professor Richard Dawkins.

And guess what, it seems that atheist campaigner Professor Richard Dawkins is indeed pushing through with what he calls ‘militant atheism’. See these videos where he talked on the topic earlier.

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Does religion foster bad behavior, or does faith really strengthen society?

http://www.godwouldbeanatheist.com/cols2005/051113.htm

Why can’t we all be Japanese?


Religion fosters bad behavior

By © Martin Foreman
Word Count: 795 words
Publication date: November 13, 2005

Several weeks ago, a ground-breaking study on religious belief and social well-being was published in the Journal of Religion & Society. Comparing eighteen prosperous democracies from the US to New Zealand, author Gregory S Paul quietly demolished the myth that faith strengthens society.

Drawing on a wide range of studies to cross-match faith – measured by belief in God and acceptance of evolution – with homicide and sexual behavior, Paul found that secular societies have lower rates of violence and teenage pregnancy than societies where many people profess belief in God.

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This is new, Richard Dawkins seems to be more open to the idea of aliens than the idea of God. One idea which he said is that if modern man went back in time and met earlier men, they would have been worshiped as gods. He further added, that these modern men, would be perceived as god but are not gods since these men would of course have to undergo evolution just the same.

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Dawkins on the O’Reilly Factor

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The Hour’s George Stroumboulopoulos interviews Richard Dawkins – author of “The God Delusion”.

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Sometimes, when theists get stumped by atheists reasoning, they just ask “What if you’re wrong”. Enter the Pascal’s Wager.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pascal-wager/index.html

Pascal maintains that we are incapable of knowing whether God exists or not, yet we must “wager” one way or the other. Reason cannot settle which way we should incline, but a consideration of the relevant outcomes supposedly can. Here is the first key passage:

“God is, or He is not.” But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here. There is an infinite chaos which separated us. A game is being played at the extremity of this infinite distance where heads or tails will turn up… Which will you choose then? Let us see. Since you must choose, let us see which interests you least. You have two things to lose, the true and the good; and two things to stake, your reason and your will, your knowledge and your happiness; and your nature has two things to shun, error and misery. Your reason is no more shocked in choosing one rather than the other, since you must of necessity choose… But your happiness? Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is… If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is.

http://www.thejesusmyth.com/pascals-wager.htm

Pascal’s Wager

By believing, you gain all; by not believing, you lose all. Is the choice really that clear?

Let us now speak according to natural lights…Let us then examine this point, and say, “God is, or He is not.” But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here. There is an infinite chaos which separated us. A game is being played at the extremity of this infinite distance where heads or tails will turn up… Which will you choose then? Let us see. Since you must choose, let us see which interests you least. You have two things to lose, the true and the good; and two things to stake, your reason and your will, your knowledge and your happiness; and your nature has two things to shun, error and misery. Your reason is no more shocked in choosing one rather than the other, since you must of necessity choose. This is one point settled. But your happiness? Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. – Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Pascal’s wager appears pretty straightforward, and logical, it suggests 4 possible outcomes:

  1. God Exists and you believe – Eternal Bliss
  2. God Exists and you and you don’t believe -Eternal Damnation
  3. God Doesn’t exist and you believe – Nothing happens
  4. God Doesn’t exist and you don’t believe – Nothing happens

In short, Pascal’s Wager implies that if you believe in God, you have better odds of being happy than if you don’t believe in God. There have been numerous arguments against Pascal’s Wager. I myself have my own angle.

Following the logic of Pascal’s Wager, if you are a theist, it is wiser to believe in a vindictive God than a forgiving God. I shall show you the 4 possible outcomes:

  1. Vindictive God exists and you side with him –  Eternal Bliss
  2. Vindictive God exists and you side with the forgiving God- Eternal Damnation
  3. Forgiving God exists and you side with him- Eternal Bliss
  4. Forgiving God exists and you side with the Vindictive God- you may be forgiven

Therefore side with the Vindictive God to be safe? Now who do you think is the nastiest God right now?

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Jonathan Miller draws a very sober discussion of organized religion and atheism, and of how belief and disbelief have danced with each other over human history. His work is an interesting study of the power of ideas and how human beliefs (and disbeliefs) have shaped the course of civilization over the centuries.

And Miller focuses on the thought that disbelief (i.e. atheism) can just be as closed minded as blind faith.

Check out Miller’s work here.

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