Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If God had an ad agency, this would be the TV commercial.

It's a spot by Macedonia's Ministry of Education and Science that's been running for a couple of years on national TV, including such channels as MTV2, according to osocio. Einstein, however, apparently never said those sound bites: So, a Lie Well Disguised. How Devilish. Agency: New Moment. Previously: I hate sex—God • The marketing of the Johovah's Witnesses.


Blogger Tom Megginson said...

If God had an agency, I would hope that he/she would be more concerned with telling people to be excellent to each other than running a shameless and misleading self-promotion.

Or is God no better than Big Oil?

10:05 AM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Your God is not a vengeful God——a nice Utopian thought.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Megginson said...

I grew up in the United Church of Canada. You may remember them from such ads as "Creepy Jesus Claus"...

I'm no longer a church-goer, or even a believer, but I still support and love the UCC for their non-dogmatic philosophy and social justice work. (Also, my mom is their democratic equivalent of a Bishop!)

10:40 AM  
Blogger Åsk Dabitch said...

The real Albert Einstein never engaged in this display of semantic game-playing, it's an urban legend. An old one at that. It's a parlor trick that neither proves nor disproves the existence of god, and the faulty premise is based on Augustine's theodicy. For Augustine, evil came about as a direct result of the misuse of free will. With that I conclude free will is evil, do what God says at all times, including slaying people who worship the moon by " stone them with stones, till they die." Nightnight. ;)

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think children are capable to make the choice to believe. Instead they do what adults tell them to do.

And Albert Einstein was an atheist.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Egzon Bunjaku (egzonche) said...

Interesting commercial.

3:42 PM  
Blogger libhom said...

That is the most idiotic commercial I've seen in years. Even the old Ronco ads weren't this dumb.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Njanja said...

The advertising reflects the situation in Macedonia, where three religions are revived. Macedonia was a part of former Yugoslavia, where ideology of communism and socialism has reigned (Until about 15 years ago). Macedonia is Orthodox Christian, but in this country are living also Catholics and Muslims. Each of these religious groups insist on religious lessons in schools. I guess here is the solution offered by the state in order to avoid conflicts. Albert Einstein, here in advertising, is out of place. Albert was originally Jewish . He said once about the faith and God (his answer to the letter from rabbi Herbert Goldstein - New York 1929): “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the legal harmony of the being. Not in a God, who spend his time on with the fate and actions of men. “ The whole message of this Ad can be misinterpreted. It is simply a mirror image of the inner conflict that all former communist and socialist countries have: want to be away from communism - be back to religion and tradition.

I don´t think that God would be in the advertising business at All. #copyranter
I think there was not a decisive cultural note, but “orchestra” had to choose a diplomatic and impartial piece. And Albert was named as ambassador.
I think Moses, Jesus and Mohammed at a round table I would like more. :-)

Religionscience in any religion is not easy studies, but I doubt that such small children should have to do in school with them.
My son was two years in a Protestant (German) kindergarten. He has brought home sometimes strange books, with illustrations, where St. Peter is sitting in the dungeon. OK, my son was 3.5 - and I think, too young for this.

Tatjana Vukić

6:33 AM  

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