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January 06, 2012

False Advertising

The atheist billboards are back, and still missing the point. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point.

Last year, atheist groups placed billboards throughout the U.S. and Britain with messages like, “Millions are good without God,” and “Don’t believe in a god? Be good for goodness’ sake.”

A New York City billboard this year features pictures of Poseidon, Santa Claus and Jesus, and reads “37 million Americans know MYTHS when they see them. What do you see?”

These billboards are designed to make a clever point, but they really make an assumption — the same that caused C. S. Lewis to reject atheism. Instead of asking whether it’s possible to “be good without believing in God,” atheists should be asking, “How can there be good without God?”

In a recent CSPAN debate, the late Chris Hitchens and David Berlinski argued about who was to blame for the atrocities of the Nazis. But that misses a more important point. How can morality exist in a meaningless universe?

Lewis was right. Atheism refutes itself. In a moral world, it’s just “too simple.”  For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

This Christmas, Atheists' Billboard Tries a Softer Tack
Sharon Otterman | The New York Times | December 07, 2011

Does Atheism Poison Everything? (Video)
CSPAN | Debate between Christopher Hitchens and David Berlinski

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