U.S. getting its own atheism bus campaign

Further to a recent post of mine about atheists advertising on london buses, the American Humanist Association has decided to get in on the act.

Atheists seem to have a thing for buses. We recently wrote about the bus ads in London which proclaimed, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Along these same lines, Washington, D.C., is now getting its own atheist bus campaign, headlined, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.” The advertiser is the American Humanist Association, which is putting $40,000 into the holiday campaign. An AHA rep says the group is running the ads now because “there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion.” (Can’t they just comfort themselves with some rampant consumerism?) For its part, the American Family Association was typically eloquent in denouncing the effort. “It’s a stupid ad,” says a rep there.

via AdFreak: U.S. getting its own atheism bus campaign

Interesting that they decide to take morality as their theme. From where does morality come?

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6 thoughts on “U.S. getting its own atheism bus campaign”

  1. The secular humanists and the atheists are pouring their money down the drain. Humanity is destined to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ – our true Lord and Savior. Though the bus ad campaign may make humorous reading, not one mind will be deceived into joining their ranks.

  2. That’s quite a definitive statement, morsec0de! From where do you get that assertion? If we make our own morality, then we are consistently not very good at it. Can we not come up with a morality that we can actually stick to?

    I prefer to believe in a morality that comes from outside of us and calls us be be greater than we can be ourselves.

  3. “From where do you get that assertion?”

    From looking at history. Morality has evolved, both biologically and socially, over the millenia to be what it is today. And what it is today is a mixture of different moralities with some crossover amongst the different nations of the world.

    “If we make our own morality, then we are consistently not very good at it.”

    Yes and no. Many cultures stick to their own moralities quite well, but they include things that our modern morality finds immoral. Like sacrificing virgins to the volcano, for example.

    But we can judge that action as immoral not only because our morality has changed and defined it that way, but because we can look at the event somewhat objectively. We know that the volcano isn’t a god. We know that throwing people into the volcano would not keep it from erupting. We know, thanks to simple human empathy and understanding harm medically, that killing someone when at the very least there is no benefit from that death, then the killing is wrong.

    “Can we not come up with a morality that we can actually stick to?”

    Not yet, clearly.

    “I prefer to believe in a morality that comes from outside of us and calls us be be greater than we can be ourselves.”

    It’s not about what one prefers, it’s about what the evidence indicates.

    But if we’re talking about preferences, then I would prefer a morality that comes from inside us and calls us to be better than our baser instincts.

  4. If humanity cannot keep to a code of morality there are two solutions. The first is to change the code of morality. However, I seriously doubt (from past evidence) that we will ever be able to stick to any reasonable code of morality, nor will we be able to agree on what that morality should be.

    The second solution is to change humanity. This is what Christians believe that God has done, first by atoning for our failures to stick to morality through Jesus’ incarnation, death and resurrection. Secondly God shows that he isn’t finished with us humans by giving us the Holy Spirit (also called the Helper or Counsellor in John’s gospel) who helps us to more adequately live out God’s morality. We will never completely get there, but God promises something else to come, where everyone will be able to live out God’s morality.

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