You have to love this atheist slogan, which is due to adorn buses on London streets:
THERE’S PROBABLY NO GOD. NOW STOP WORRYING AND ENJOY LIFE.
The advert is the brainchild of Ariane Sherine, someone I would enjoy chatting with any old day. I like how the words make you think.
“Probably no God” is the existential premise we are offered. Suppose for a moment that there probably is no God – gotta love that probably - and that we probably are at the beginning of a worldwide recession. Does it follow that we can stop worrying and enjoy life?
The wonderful law of unintended consequences means that the advert is easily understood as an invitation to theism rather than atheism.
Now suppose that there is a God, and that we are at the beginning of a worldwide recession. It then does follow that we nevertheless can stop worrying and enjoy life.
It is just what I’m doing, theist that I am, this day and every day.
I like this atheist brainchild. Will Richard Dawkins match US contributions to run it in the USA, as he has done in Great Britain? It sounds like a great use of his money.
There is no reason to fear atheism of the intellectual kind. It’s trivial in the end. I fear the atheism of a Hitler, a Stalin, or a Mao, but not of a Dawkins.
No reason to fear the atheism of an Ivan Karamazov either. The atheism of a truly intelligent person like Ivan Karamazov, that is, of a person with moral intelligence, not just raw brain power, is a tonic to faith.
Dostoevsky knew this. What a great novel, The Brothers Karamazov. Written by a tormented Christian, the unalloyed atheism found within its pages, not of one kind but many, still cuts to the quick more than the milquetoast variety of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris.