Thursday, February 5, 2009

Great Article: "Atheists will need martyrs if they are to compete with Christians"

Is it just me?

Gerald Warner

Atheists will need martyrs if they are to compete with Christians

Well done Ron Heather, the 62-year-old Southampton bus driver who has refused to drive an "atheist" bus festooned with the slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." These advertisements, as most readers of Telegraph blogs will already know, have been sponsored by the British Humanist Association. Mr Heather, who served in the Royal Navy for 25 years, told his employers that the advertisements went against his faith and he refused to drive any bus displaying them.

It is good to see a Christian making difficulties for aggressive secularists, who usually have a monopoly of harassing Christians.
so congratulations to this British sea dog for fighting back.
To claim "There's probably no God" suggests a somewhat faltering faith in the thesis being advanced. Is this not, in fact, an agnostic, rather an atheist, advertisement?
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But the most interesting part of the slogan is the second half: "Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." Since when was the message that there is no one in charge, nobody to protect us or lend succour, thought reassuring?
They do not see God as comforting, but as threatening. That is because the concept of any curb on human passions, any moral sanction, is now regarded as making it impossible to "enjoy your life". This grey hedonism is contradicted by the visible phenomenon that many of the people who most zestfully enjoy life are Christians.

One further observation by Ron Heather will strike a chord with many: "There would be no way buses would be able to drive around with an anti-Muslim message like that on the side mentioning Allah." Christians have two millennia of martyrdom behind them. If atheists want to crusade and play with the big boys, are their convictions strong enough to brave a fatwah? Answers on the side of a bus...

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Dropping the Past said...

I was full of joy when I saw that this man refused to drive the bus AND it was reported.

What I think is so interesting about the ad is that they say "There is PROBABLY no God." Probably?! You, an atheist group, are not sure? I pray that their eyes are opened to truth!

kris_tea said...

As a Christian, I would think that there being no God would be even more reason to worry. If there is no God then there is no one driving this bus. Everything would be pointless & senseless. There is an order to all this madness, whether I understand it or not.