The definition of “oxymoron” illustrated.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words:


Christian Atheism guy who stands quietly at Speaker’s Corner in London every Sunday, with signs that proclaim: CHRISTIAN ATHEISM: TO FOLLOW JESUS, REJECT GOD. Click to embiggen.

The picture was taken by Cory Doctorow and originally posted over at Boing Boing.

4 thoughts on “The definition of “oxymoron” illustrated.

  1. I’m not so sure that’s an Oxymoron. Discount all the supreme being and magic tricks and decide to follow the underlying teachings of a mortal, if misguided, prophet. It’s a little bit of a stretch, but I can see how he could call himself a Christian Atheist.

  2. JC can be a role model, but perhaps he isn’t at peace with what he thinks a god to be

    It’s a good sign though that he isn’t a mindless fundie- he’s at least starting challenging what doesnt add up about literal xianity, but still tries to see what good there may be. This is far better than fundamentalism

  3. turns out he’s not an oxymoron at all (although i thought so at first as well).

    i heard about speaker’s corner and wanted to check it out my first time over to london.  it was winter and not a lot of speakers showed, but he (along with a radical muslim – who wanted to take over london and make muslim code the law – and a radical christian – a fire and brimstone guy who said we were all going to hell) did.

    i talked with the christian atheist about his beliefs and he thought jesus’ message of peace and love were wonderful and that’s how he wanted to live his life.  he likes the way jesus tried to live his life (although i never found out if he believed jesus existed or not) and does not believe in god.  he chose the title christian atheist simply because people generally knew what those two words meant and it was a close-ish approximation of his feelings on the matter.

    i came away impressed.

  4. I don’t quite see that as an oxymoron either.  It really depends on how you see Jesus.  Christians are called Christians because they “follow Christ” and since that was Jesus’ title….. the point being there doesn’t have to be any religious connotations to following what you see as good ideas who’s author (or at least the guy who was saying them at the time) was a mostly historical figure.

    Personally, I’d rather follow ideas that can be demonstrated as good than ideas that someone (or some God) just TELLS me are good and assumes I will go along.

    But that’s just me.

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