A Christian group has received hundreds of requests for Bibles following a campaign to rival atheist bus ads which claimed: “There’s probably no God”.
Christian and Atheist debate bus posters
Comedy writer and Atheist, Ariane Sherine, debates with David Larlham of the Trinitarian Bible Society over bus ads which say “There’s probably no God” (source: BBC).
The ad, placed by the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS), included an offer of a free Bible and has so far prompted 400 requests from the public.
Quoting from Psalm 53, the ad read: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God”, and was placed on the side of 100 London buses in February.
The TBS is a Christian charity working to provide Bibles to people at home and abroad in a variety of languages.
The Assistant General Secretary of TBS, David Larlham, recently reported on the campaign in the group’s quarterly magazine.
He said not only had the ads prompted Bible requests, but they had also attracted “a spate of objectionable, aggressive or mischievous calls, letters and e-mails from atheists, evolutionists and those of similar anti-Christian mindset”.
The ad was investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority after it received a number of complaints claiming it was “offensive” and “insulting to atheists”. The investigation was quickly dropped.
The TBS placed the bus ads in response to the atheist bus campaign backed by prominent atheist Richard Dawkins. The ad, placed by the British Humanist Association, stated “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”