Friday, January 30, 2009

Atheist Bus Campaign - "evasive and nannyish collection of non-sequiturs"

In last week's Speccie - Charles Moore

The Atheist Bus Campaign poster says: ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’ Is this the best that the power of ratiocination in which people like Richard Dawkins put such faith (yes, faith) can manage? ‘Probably’ is a weak word, for a start, though I do see that the atheists would find it difficult to assert that there is ‘certainly’ no God. But if there is only probably no God, why would one stop worrying about this question? And how does His improbability make one able to enjoy life more? Those banners which one used to see at race meetings — ‘The end is nigh. Flee from the wrath to come’ — were less unsettling than this evasive and nannyish collection of non-sequiturs.

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Blogger dillydaydream said...

I think they were forced to add "probably" by the Advertising Standards Authority. There is, however a great cartoon in Private Eye of a bus sporting the slogan, and full of screaming passengers, being driven over a cliff by a grinning driver with horns and a tail......

10:26 PM  
Blogger Martin said...


You beat me to it.

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zzzzz God - what an amusing concept - or was it thought up just so humans like you could put down others who you don't agree with?

8:27 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Awwwwwwwwwww! Did your lickle atheist feelings get hurt because the nasty man in The Spectator called it nannyish and evasive?


If you can't cope with the inadequacies of the Atheist Bus Campaign being pointed out then maybe you should avoid coming here.

Just a thought.

9:07 PM  

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