Monday, 16 February 2009

New Pro-Christian Ads On London’s Red Buses

The red buses in this city will now promote a message of hope.

Joel Kontinen

In a bid to promote an atheistic worldview, the British Humanist Association has been running a month-long campaign in London by sponsoring ads on the city’s famous red buses. This January Londoners have been riding buses that have the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” written in huge red letters on their side.

The inclusion of the word “probably” has caused some skeptics to call it an “atheism lite” campaign. After all, probabilities work both ways and worldviews based on uncertain probabilities do not sound very assuring.

Recently, Associated Press reported on an interesting addition to the bus campaign. As the Humanist campaign is ending, a counter-campaign is beginning.

Combining evangelism and the coming European Parliamentary elections, The Christian Party is putting an ad on the buses that says, “There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life."

George Hargreaves of the Christian Party explained, ”I got tired of seeing these messages on buses driving past my window and want to give people the chance to read something with hope.”

The Russian Orthodox Church is also starting a bus campaign. Their ad reads, “There is a God, believe. Don't worry and enjoy your life."

A third Christian group also joined the discussion by sponsoring an ad that reads, "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." These words from Psalm 14:1 will probably also attract some attention.

It appears that the atheist campaign turned the famous red buses into a worldview forum. The “God is dead” era ended ages ago. Now, people are indeed talking about the importance of religion, even in secular Great Britain.


Christians counter atheists — on London buses. msnbc. (6 February)