Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake!


For those who haven't heard, the American Humanist Association has launched a $40,000 campaign against belief in God. Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C. buses starting this week and run through December.

Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group said "Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."

Edwords went on to say "the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds." [1]

First off, I have relatives and friends who don't believe the same things I do, however, we are still able to get together and enjoy each other's company during the Christmas season. Further, some of them are able to talk about Christianity and their struggles with it openly.

Second, I strongly believe that a Christian's faith in God should not only be based on experiential evidence (there is nothing wrong with this), but also, as Mr. Edwords put it, "rational thought and critical thinking."

The irony of the AHA's campaign can be found within the very text they have chosen for their signs: "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake!" In the past, Truthbomb has presented a few articles dealing with the moral argument for the existence of God that can be viewed here and here.

For this specific topic however, we offer an article from philosopher Norman Geisler, Can Atheists Justify Being Good Without God?, where Dr. Geisler explains why the text selected by the AHA actually points to the very God they deny. We encourage you to check out the article.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

Resource:
1) 'Why Believe in a God?' Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,450445,00.html, November 12, 2008.

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