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What if God was on a bus?

Aquinas and Descartes would have been outraged; Hume and Russell delighted; Nietzsche might have added “I told you so.” But as posters on buses across the country proclaimed “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life,” it was the Advertising Standards Authority who got to judge. Their verdict: this wasn’t misleading, but simply an opinion that was “not capable of objective substantiation.”

The word “probably” was well-chosen—inspired, perhaps, by Carlsberg’s ASA-approved boast: “probably the best beer in the world.” Proving God’s (or anything’s) non-existence would have been much tougher. Even arch-atheist Richard Dawkins settles for “there is…

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