Contradict Movement was born through weekly evangelism outings at University California Irvine (UCI). Our method of engaging in conversation was to setup a folding table with a few camping chairs at UCI’s Freedom of Speech Zone. We’d have some Starbuck coffee in a “traveler” with creams, sugar, cups, and stir sticks. We would then use various signs and posters laying on the table or taped to the front of the table that were designed to spark conversation that would allow us to introduce the Gospel. One night, Adam Stetson, suggested creating a poster that spelled Contradict using religious symbols. That idea profoundly struck me as the best idea I had ever heard. It’s a perfect conversation starter: “All religions can’t be true because they contradict each other in their teachings. Logically, they could all be false, but how would we know that?” We then could spring into why we believe Christianity to be true!
Upon returning home, I instantly searched for Contradict bumper sticker online. The following are the two images that I found online:
Image #1: This Contradict image doesn’t strictly use religious symbols and it has no tagline of explanation.
Image #2: This Contradict image was also online at the time and being sold by someone who clearly wasn’t Christian. The tagline really makes no sense! I think the sticker is calling for us to go against all religions because all religions are just forms of social slavery.
After using these two as small printed pages on the top of the table, Adam had a friend paint an original Contradict design on a poster to tape to the front of the table. Once we had that poster, Contradict became are constant (only) go to sign for kickstarting evangelism conversations.
After a couple of year at UCI, I wanted to write a book laying out the Contradict message I would share with someone from start to finish, if they gave me five hours of their time. I also I wanted the book to serve as a tool to help spur others onto college campus and public spaces with a similar approach to evangelism. To help raise awareness for the book, I wanted to create bumper stickers and a website. If I was to sell bumper stickers and sell a Contradict design on the front cover a book, I’d need to own the copyright of the image, those I sat down and made a list of religious symbols I would use to spell Contradict and I hired a friend, Danny Martinez, to put it together for me. I own the copyright and now I also own the trademark to the Contradict Movement logo:
Image #3: The Contradict Movement version of Contradict!
At the time I launched Contradict Movement as a website, I saw that another Contradict image had emerged:
Image #4: That I could tell the person who made this image was Christian and had a Facebook page named Contradict, but no stickers of this image were being sold. Later, Cross Examined, started to sell this image with the same tagline with their website url on it. I don’t think Cross Examined sells this image anymore.
Recently, I checked online and I have seen that numerous other Contradict designs have been created and they are now being sold online as bumper stickers! Here they are:
Image # 5: This was the first obviously Christian Contradict image I saw being sold online (besides the Cross Examined one I mentioned above that is now no longer being sold at the Cross Examined store, Impact Apologetics). This one is being sold on Zazzle.
Image # 6: Here’s a variation of the one above that is also being sold on Zazzle.
Image #7: This is the current Cross Examined Contradict image being sold through their Impact Apologetics online store.
I suspect that the clearly Christian Contradict images created after I launched Contradict Movement were working off my Contradict image. I suggest this because the common theme is the Shinto torri gate for the letter N, but I could be wrong! They might not have seen my image first.
1. Which Contradict tagline do you think is the best?
“They Can’t All Be True – John 14:6”
“Only 1 is Truth, Life eternal, and the Way”
“Don’t be a Contradiction. There can only be ONE Truth.”
2. Which sticker do you think would be the one best suited to go platinum, “Coexist status”, and why?
If you think it should be mine, please, share http://www.contradictmovement.org with all your friends and family. Order extra stickers and help distribute them.
Here’s why I think my sticker is best situated for sharing the Gospel! It has the url to my website, big and clear for people to visit. The home page has a video that details the message of Contradict by sharing the importance of Coexistence and Tolerance, while also sharing that Tolerance can’t be taken to mean that all religions are true. I then share examples of religious contradictions and close by sharing the Gospel and why we can trust that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. From a stand alone point of view, the one with the tagline, “Only 1 is Truth, Life Eternal, and the Way” clearly shows a Christian message. The Cross Examined tagline, “Don’t be a Contradiction, There can only be ONE Truth”, does not clearly demonstrate that it is a Christian bumper sticker, however, the name of their website’s url does indicate this. When visiting their website though, you are not instantly greeted with the message of their Contradict sticker. With my tagline, “They Can’t All Be True – John 14:6”, interested parties could be forced to go to a Bible and look up John 14:6 to know why all religions can’t be true. If interested parties go to Contradict Movement, they will only find links to my blog, the Contradict Facebook page, my Youtube channel, and my book. All of these sites are very much Contradict themed!
Every sticker I sell comes with a Contradict folding tract as well as a printed page of explanation. The goal is that if anyone is interested in knowing more about the message of Contradict when seeing a person’s sticker, the Christian has something to hand interested parties on the spot. It has been my experience that when people are caught starting at your Contradict sticker, they usually don’t want to talk long in the parking lot.
If you do appreciate my work with Contradict Movement, help share my image online and through print. Right now, images to my page do not always display as prominently as these others, so people may not find my page. Cross Examined is way more known and popular than Contradict Movement, my blog, or my book. If their sticker takes off and becomes the one everyone sees and knows, that’s great, because they certainly proclaim the Gospel and do a great job defending it, but if you think the Contradict Movement platform is better due to more specialized focus, again, share Contradict Movement with everyone you know by selecting some key blog articles, Youtube videos, or Facebook posts that you find helpful for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Thanks so much!
Peace in Christ,
6 thoughts on “Many Different Contradict Stickers – Which is the best?”
My personal opinion: yours is best – both graphically & tag line (and not just because I got a T-shirt for Christmas ;-). Graphically, the others either rely on nonrelevant elements, or they don’t ‘read’ as well as the letters they need to convey. Your tag line makes a simple statement that begs a question… “What are ‘they’?”, which is an icebreaker leading to discussion, while the others may make a more affirmative message, they don’t strike me as conversation-starters.
Gaining traction is less important than having a clear focus. I like the direction you are going, and others will as well, as the Lord leads. ‘Platinum’ would be cool…cooler still is discovering that someone started asking questions and moved from an untrue symbol to the only true one!
Absolutely. That’s all that really matters. Let me know what conversations arise from wearing the T-shirt.
I agree with Saint49’s points. However, it would help me out if you could elaborate on your second question above. What do you mean by “platinum Coexist status”?
I just mean making it sell a lot. I think platinum is selling a million albums in the music business. Basically, I’d love for Contradict to be as well known as Coexist. And I want people to know what Contradict means as expressed at http://www.contradictmovement.org.
I like the scripture and verse
I find it ironic that you’re promoting that your “way” is the only way and all others are false; when in truth the Christian religion is so much younger than others that are still out there and still being practiced. Other religions have been wiped out and persecuted because people of your religion think that their path is the only way. That’s wrong on so many levels. Christians and their “beliefs” destroyed so many cultures in the past… it’s absolutely horrible. I was brought up in Christianity, but I do not follow or practice due to all the hypocrisy that so called “Christians” practice. It’s like a person saying “my way or the highway” with your “one truth and one way”.