Have you heard about the half-baked scheme to put adverts for atheism on London buses?
Assuming The Lord Our Bozza gives the OK (he may be quite protective about his beloved Routemasters) you may soon see a fleet of buses bearing the text, “There is probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
Probably? PROBABLY? Talk about a cop out. it would make me ashamed to be an atheist, except I’m not an atheist, I’m a non-theist. Probably no God is wussy. Do you hear American evangelical preachers saying “Well if you sin guys, God will probably cast you down into hell. Hell no.
ABANDON YOUR SINFUL WAYS AND WORSHIP THE LORD OR YOU WILL BURN IN ETERNAL FIRE,” they yell. Not a shred of doubt about it. Would a Muslim fundamentalist say “If the infidel insults Islam, Allah will probably destroy them? I think not.
Were I to turn up in heaven the only person more surprised than be would be God himself. You see I’m a non – theist. As God can only exist in the minds of those who believe God has never existed in my mind. Belief is a very personal thing so nobody can impose their personal God on me. I cannot be punished by that which I choose not to create, there is no probably about it.
Assuming when we say God we mean the God of Christianity and more specifically the God of the Protestant reformation, the fire and brimstone guy with the pithy commandments and the fuck off beard, far from being The Ancient Of Days he’s just a young whippersnapper really, 2600 years old at the most. Before that people were smarter, they knew the gods did not exist in the way cheese and mountains exist but gods did supply a convenient peg to hang some very complex ideas on. This suited the kind of people ho like to avoid thinking about complex things because it makes their head hurt.
Modern athesists, the noisy ones at least - most of us just get on with our lives - tend to be scientists. Now I have often irritated scientists by pointing out that they love science because it offers certainties. Ant that is, is it not, exactly what belief offers believers. It is this need for certainty that leads to bus molesting atheists to qualify their lack of belief with a probably. Now with that in mind I could say I don’t believe in atheists on the grounds that those who are constantly yelling “I’m an atheist” crave the kind of crutches that religion has always provided for the emotionally unstable. But should people who unwittingly trying to turn science into a religion (The Church of Scienceology?)really be advertising atheism on buses. And is their campaign legal, decent, honest and truthful?” After all if their view of science is as something that has dogmas, a creed, items of faith and so on. Such people are not really free thinkers are they? They bow to the received wisdom of the High Priests of Science.
When such people demand that we respect them for their intellect, objectivity and rational thinking perhaps we should tell them we pity their insane faith in logic, reason and order. Such people are simply clinging to a different set of certainties to religionists.
In putting adverts of buses the trendy London NuLab atheists show they have truly missed the bus. True non – believers are not worried about what people who follow a faith are doing and have no time for evangelising, we are too busy enjoying our lives, after all we only get the one. People of faith are not worried about God, they think it’s the rest of us who should be worrying.
The kind of people who are worrying about God are the logical thinkers who are saying “Yeah, well, speaking as a, like, rational dude, there’s, you know, probably no God; if we take an evidence based approach the evidence is overwhelmingly against the existence of a divine being but you can, like, never be absolutely certain until the case can, like, be scientifically tested under controlled conditions and the, like, findings published in an academic paper for peer review.”
Hardly likely to win the battle of hearts and minds is it? Certainly not mine anyway and you can be sure I will not be seen riding on an atheist bus. I don't believe in buses you see.
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