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Atheist outreach is having its say via ads on 800 United Kingdom buses.

They answer Jesus Said ads which ran on London buses in June. The "Jesus Said" ads pointed to a Web site which warns that failure to accept Christ will invoke God’s wrath:

God’s wrath includes the prospect of eternal punishment — it is appointed to men to die once and then comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). You will rise from the dead and will face the Judge and know that you rejected His kind and merciful answer. You will be condemned to everlasting separation from God and then you spend all eternity in torment in hell. Jesus spoke about this as a lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and all his angels (demonic spirits) (Matthew 25: 41).

Comedy wrinter Adriane Sherine found that offensive and, supported by the British Humanist Association and Professor Richard Dawkins, led the Atheist Bus campaign to raise £135,000.

This iteration of the campaigin was launched on Oct. 21, and is the successor to a failed campaign which was launched and closed in midsummer after Sherine wrote a blog post, Atheists — gimme five, in resonse to the Jesus Said ads on the sides of London buses.

The atheists’ ads say (as in the picture above):

There’s probably no God.

Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

Inspired by the British, the American Humanist Association bought ads during the Christmas season in and on 200 Washington, D.C., buses. The ads said:

Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.

The Pennsylvania Friends of Christ responded in D.C. with ads which said:

Believe in God. Christ is Christmas for goodness’ sake.

Another group, started by a stay-at-home Catholic housewife with lobbying experience who partnered with the Catholic nonprofit Center for Family Development in Bethesda, MD., quickly raised the money to run D.C. bus ads which said:

Why believe? I created you and I love you, for goodness’ sake. – God.

We don’t know about the British, but in overview, U.S. atheists are more confused than evangelistic. The Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Landscape survey found that 21% of U.S. atheists professed a belief in God.

Mayhap they’re mostly backsliders who, despite the bus ads, may readily be persuaded to return to church. Or if unbaptised, to begin their walk. Especially in light of the persuasive poise of U.S. Christian response.

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January 6, 2009 - Posted by | Religion | , ,

9 Comments

  1. I can only comment as one UK Christian who’s seen the ads. What saddens me about them is their implication that life is more uncomplicated, relaxed or enjoyable without a God. Not for me it isn’t.

    Comment by grace | January 6, 2009

  2. “We don’t know about the British, but in overview, U.S. atheists are more confused than evangelistic. The Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Landscape survey found that 21% of U.S. atheists professed a belief in God.”

    Might be more accurate to say that 21% of the people who were determined to be atheists on this survey professed a belief in some sort of god as was defined in the survey.

    Comment by morsec0de | January 7, 2009

  3. True, moresec0de.

    Comment by baptistplanet | January 7, 2009

  4. It’s a brilliant idea, though it’s a shame Dawkins didn’t put his money where his mouth is and drop the probably. There is no god, so chill out.

    Comment by Mel Painter | January 7, 2009

  5. Mel, as I understand it, use of the word “probably” was considered a matter of accuracy, as Ariane Sherine indicated in her blog entry, ‘Probably’ the best atheist bus campaign ever. Some also argue that accuracy in advertising standards require it as well. Are you sure it’s fair to put the blame on Dawkins?

    Comment by baptistplanet | January 7, 2009

  6. Fair enough, not Dawkins fault and now I’ve read Ariane’s blog I get why they use probably. Thanks baptistplanet.

    Comment by Mel Painter | January 8, 2009

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