I’m sure most of my readers, both believers and non, have already seen or heard about the latest campaign by the “new atheists.” This one, in Washington DC features the phrase, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.”
This backs several of my recent blog posts, and/or comments. The first is that there is now a group of fundamentalist atheists that like to proselytize their religion. On the surface the group tries to hide their true aim of proselytizing behind some notion that atheists feel a bit lonely around the holidays.
Hmm….”Why believe in a god?” Yup, that really seems to be about the loneliness of non-believers. This also displays my point nicely about morality. “Just be good for goodness’ sake,” provides no hint as to who gets to decide what “good” means, or why I should logically care about “goodness’ sake.”
Again, if there is no God, there is no absolute objective morality….if there is no objective morality, the definition of “good” is totally and completely up for grabs. It becomes mere human opinion.
Of course proselytizing is indeed the real reason behind these campaign ads…do I support their right to put the ads out there? Yes, but the true intentions behind the ads must become known as well.
Here’s a news story on FOXNews about the ads: “Why Believe in a God?” Ad Campaign