Saturday, March 07, 2009

Atheist Evangelization

A British advertising campaign aimed at persuading more people to "come out" as atheists was launched in January. Donations totaling more than $200,000 are funding broadside advertisements on 600 buses in England, Scotland, and Wales, as well as 1,000 advertising banners in London tube stations.

The principal slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." BBC television comedy writer Ariane Sherine, creator of the campaign, told London's Guardian (Jan. 6) that she hoped it would be "a reassuring alternative to religious slogans threatening non-Christians with hell and damnation."

Although the campaign has created a furor among most Christian groups in the country, a statement from the Methodist Church thanked campaign organizers for encouraging a "continued interest in God." The theology think-tank Theos also welcomed the campaign, saying it was a "great way" to get people thinking about God: "Telling someone ‘there's probably no God' is a bit like telling them they've probably remembered to lock their door. It creates the doubt that they might not have."

From: The New Oxford Review, March 2009

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