MIAMI — There’s nothing unusual about churches advertising Sunday services, but some atheists are turning that idea on its head: Why not promote the belief that there is no God?
“Most people are under the impression that atheists lack morals and ethics. We are trying to dispel that myth,” said Ken Loukinen, founder of the 400-member Florida Atheists and Secular Humanists, which is sponsoring a controversial billboard in Broward County, Fla.
“Being a good person doesn’t require God,” the sign declares. “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone!”
Put up for $2,200 in early July in Fort Lauderdale, where it quickly drew protests from residents, the message has a new home on a billboard in Oakland Park, Fla[reference]
But to be a saint does require God.
But first you must ask them what the definition of a “good person” is anyway and how do you objectively define good? If you read the comments on John C. Wright’s blog you will certainly find that their is no atheist consensus other than that Mr. Wright must be wrong. Atheists can certainly live out the natural virtues. There is a recognition of the virtuous Pagan. I know that as an atheist I practiced some of the natural virtues, but it is only by grace that this is transformed into supernatural virtues.
Jesus asked “Why do you call me good” trying to get a response of faith, but I might ask the atheist “Why do you want to be called good” in a morally relativist world?