Therefore, it may be worthwhile to consider complementary alternatives to the prevalence of "Reason" in atheistic publicity efforts. Please note what I'm not saying. I'm not saying that the theists are as reasonable as they suppose they are. No matter what else theists say in praise of reason, they're still individuals who by definition grant credence to a number of poorly-supported ideas. The task of effective atheistic publicity isn't to encourage more reason but to hint at the theistic misuse of reason. Just encouraging more reason produces the off-putting stereotype of atheists who assume that everyone other than them is unintelligent, insane, or lazy. Then theists are likelier to conclude that the message amounts to an elaborate insult instead of a provocative insight about the true weaknesses of unquestioned faith. The significant difference is the emphasis. Rather than portray their overall mindset as contradicting reason, draw their attention to the details of the real "blind spots" which they don't normally scrutinize closely enough.
Purely for inspiration, here are some examples of groan-inducing alternatives to "Reason" slogans. Brainstorming!
- Have you checked the data behind your opinion lately?
- Which experts are you asking for advice?
- When faith supports beliefs, what supports faith?
- How do you prove that other religions are false...but yours is the exception?
- Why does a gut feeling often fail to detect minor facts...yet is also the best way to answer Big Questions?
- What tests do your beliefs pass?
- Who becomes trustworthy by commanding trust upfront?