The Atheist bus campaign has kicked off in NZ
By NZ ATHEIST BUS CAMPAIGN
Added: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 00:00:00 UTC
The âprobablyâ word
Due to questioning of the use of âprobablyâ in the slogan, we thought it wise to write a blog post to explain the idea further. The use of âprobablyâ is a strength of the campaign. No one can say for certain that any gods exist or donât exist – that would require blind faith.
You canât disprove unicorns, the tooth fairy, Zeus, or any gods but what you can say is that there is no solid evidence to think they exist. This campaign uses âprobablyâ to say that although you canât disprove things like unicorns and fairies, you can say thereâs not a shred of evidence for the thousands of gods that humans have ever worshipped.
Atheism is a positive statement about the limits of knowledge. Rather than taking a religious-like leap of faith and saying that there definitely is a god or definitely isnât a god, atheists just say that thereâs as much evidence for the Christian God as there is for Zeus or any other supernatural thing. That is, zilch.
Theists on the other hand think they know the one true god out of the literally thousands that have âexistedâ. And, in fact, they often refer to this god as their Personal God – one personal god for everyone. This is interesting as a recent study has shown that peoplesâ own personal beliefs tend to align very well with what they think God thinks. Of course thereâs no reason to think that God exists in anything more than a personâs imagination.
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