'There's probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life.'
Yes, I blogged about this in November when the American Humanist Association forked out money for a Christmas campaign in Washington D.C. challenging the existence of God Almighty. Most of my views in that blog remain static. Hey, if you don't want to believe in God, well, offending me is the least of your problems. You can stand on the street corner in a rubber suit and belt out atheist pish posh all day and night. It's your right as an American...and God bless...wait, I mean, bless America...wait that doesn't work either...how about 'U.S.A all the way!'
Yeah right... anyway, there is one issue I've reconsidered. The campaigns in Britain and the U.S. might have a counter effect not anticipated by their sponsors. By creating a stir around something as profound as the existence of God, people (who might not otherwise) start thinking about God and His role in the true big picture of life. What question is more important to the believer and the atheist? Why did Richard Dawkins take all that time writing about something he doesn't actually believe exist? Are the Humanist obsessed with in-your-face antics directed at the religious? Did I lower the garage door when I left this morning?
A ha! I got you thinking about the garage door. See what I mean?
The very slogan used by the British Humanist Association 'probably no God' creates a realm of debate with -'probably.' The persons targeted by the ads could easily become confused:
Well, do they believe in God or not? Look people, my eternal soul is in the balance here. The Jesus people seem pretty darn sure about what they believe. There's no 'Jesus probably died for your sins' or 'God might love you and He might not' stuff. Hey, I need to be sure here before I start living it up as you Humanist suggest. By the way, what is that...Humanist? Isn't that what George Costanza made up fake Christmas cards to and passed around his office on Seinfeld?
Yeah, I'm feeling pretty good about this campaign. Money well spent. You're still thinking about your garage door...aren't you?