Love, God, Invisibility, and Richard Dawkins’s’s atheist buses

Want to make £140,000 invisible? Give it to Richard Dawkins to promote his atheist buses denying God’s existence.

god-busEnough money has now been raised to place the message – “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” – on 200 bendy buses in the capital for a month, with the first ones taking to the streets .

A further 600 buses carrying the adverts will be seen by passengers and passers-by in cities across England, Wales and Scotland, from Aberdeen and Dundee to York, Coventry, Swansea and Bristol.

It is a popular meme in the internet to mock religion for having an “invisible” God. If something is invisible it must not exist, right? Think of all the invisible things that we imagine might be pulling at us. Gravity, electricity, magnetism, wind. Then there’s faith, hope, and love. What color is love? What shape is it? Can anyone say whether love really exists?

Oooh, let’s dedicate a bus to the concept.

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There’s a lot of things you could do with £140,000. You could buy books for schools. You could treat children for malaria. You could feed people who are hungry.  You could even put signs on buses to fight fear and bias.  Or you could write “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”  on 800 buses for one month.

Obviously this is yet another publicity coup for the reputation of Richard Dawkins, who is possibly England’s most abrasive atheist.  But what other possible reason could they have for something so…so…lacking in common sense.

Let’s ask them. Why did they do it?

Prof Dawkins, the renowned evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion, said:…  It’s just food for thought – people will have conversations in pubs when they see these buses.”

Ariane Sherine, a writer who first thought of the atheist bus adverts, said: ….”I hope they will brighten people’s days and make them smile on their way to work.”

Sherine and Dawkins will probably be smiling all right. And they’ll probably be having some great conversations in bars.

Still looking for something to do with that £140,000?

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4 Responses to “Love, God, Invisibility, and Richard Dawkins’s’s atheist buses”

  1. Dean Says:

    Love your article

  2. Vaitandika Says:

    Very well said—for all Dawkins’ characteristic smugness, it’s quite telling that this money is going to something so thoroughly useless.

    Ironically, your money would probably be better spent if you donated it to a religious organization—at least they’d give it to charity! When “the brights” found a group that feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, and takes care of the poor, then they’ll have room for their arrogance.

  3. Professor Says:

    Мог бы долго с вами спорить на эту тему :)

    NOTE English: Could be a long time to argue with you on this subject. (I’ve deleted the spammy link.)

  4. yetanotherfreakingbrit Says:

    A sound article. I got a lot out of Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene when I was younger, but I find his brand of militant atheism counter-productive and tiresome, along with his keen disciples, some of whom I’ve had run-ins with (an agnostic here, but respectful of those who try to live a better life through spirituality without imposing their beliefs on others).

    A letter in one of the UK papers suggested that it might be a more worthwhile campaign if the slogan was something like, “There’s probably no God, so why not do something yourself to make the world a better place?” Fair point, I thought.


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