Skip to comments.After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last?
Posted on 01/05/2014 6:51:35 PM PST by SeekAndFind
LONDON (CNN) - The Sunday Assembly was riding high.
The worlds most voguish - though not its only - atheist church opened last year in London, to global attention and abundant acclaim.
So popular was the premise, so bright the promise, that soon the Sunday Assembly was ready to franchise, branching out into cities such as New York, Dublin and Melbourne.
Its a way to scale goodness, declared Sanderson Jones, a standup comic and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly, which calls itself a godless congregation.
But nearly as quickly as the Assembly spread, it split, with New York City emerging as organized atheisms Avignon.
In October, three former members of Sunday Assembly NYC announced the formation of a breakaway group called Godless Revival.
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only if they make the mortgage payment..
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
Of course not, but what will this eventually morph into?
This kind of organizing probably isn’t intended to endure, but to be a seed of something larger, I doubt that the purpose is to merely be a routine service, quietly held in rented buildings forever, this is about something much uglier, this is about organizing people and forming an active movement.
Atheists aren’t forming up just to share coffee and community, they tend to go bad.
The lunacy continues.
Atheists are idiots.
The PCUSA and ELCA are basically atheistic churches and they are dying.
Can the atheist churches last? I thought they already had. It’s called Public University.
Its just a stupid fad and a political statement, ergo no.
Perhaps they could merge with...
Remember that great movement back in 2010.....
Next stop, Reformation.
Buddhism has been around for a while, and is, essentially, an atheist religion.
will there be protestant atheism?
I do — the beanbags.
Some teachers tell students beginning Buddhist meditation that the notion of divinity is not incompatible with Buddhism.
At least one Buddhist scholar (Dr. B. Alan Wallace) has indicated that describing Buddhism as non-theistic may be overly simplistic.
I’ve heard atheists talk about why people like religion, and they sometimes fall upon the conclusion that it is the community.
Here are people who celebrate life milestones like births, deaths and marriages. They gather regularly for holidays / holy days, creating community and connections, something too few atheists have, hence their higher divorce and suicide rates. Rituals are reassuring, but they lack those of the Christian community, so they gather and sing their own songs. (”Imagine” is high on that list.)
The atheists attracted to these churches long for a larger community that many atheists only see in political organization, but that lacks emotional depth. Atheist churches are an attempt to bring deeper emotional connections and community to their lives, something churches naturally create unless too strict or abstract.
and their point is????????
Atheist churchs what a concept...
It puts the porn in the oxymoron..
Whats next PeeWee Hermione..?...
That place would be astounded to hear an Acts 17 verse 23 sermon.
22So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23”For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24”The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
I’m not sure. Can meat-eating vegetarians last? Inquiring minds want to know. How about communist capitalists? Or blind seeing-eye dogs?
The classic aphorism by the Buddha was “The things of G-d are unknown, and unknowable, so why argue?”
Buddhism is not incompatible with the divine, but also recognizes that it is not necessary. Any divinity worth consideration will communicate clearly, contemporaneously, and unambiguously. Absent all those qualifications, arguments about ancient texts, ambiguous meanings, and attempts to describe an unlimited G-d with human language to limited minds, by limited minds are bound to lead to more heat than light.
China seems to be doing ok just now with many communist capitalists.
One of them.
LOL people who congregate who believe in nothing have a schism about nothing. Wow. The kicker is a “revivalist” group of atheists. What is the “revival”? How much more disbelief one group has?
Boy, that escalated quickly.
LOL, now that is funny. That would mean the “true” atheist church has strayed from literal disbelief:)
Ah you found another RF thread to troll on.
Just take a look at his homepage. Not a serious poster loves to troll the RF threads now and then. He has a doctorate in Wikipedia quotes.
Discuss the issues all you want, but do not make it personal.
No, Remember the saying about prophets == bad prophet and he disappears, then the group scatters.
And it happens repeatedly.
Good prophet — Jesus Christ — and the group remains.
So be it, Atheists and Euphemismists are idiots.
something like that
“We don’t believe in God more than you!”
“Oh yeah? Well, you just capitalized god!”
“Oh, it’s on!”
An you found another RF forum in which you don’t want discussion.
Hi don. Perhaps you would like to discuss how disbelief is a religion. Should these atheists be treated like religions in our public life?
But I understand it’s the left hemisphere that is eaten for its predictable piquancy.
Depends on your definition of religion:
“Religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence.”
Certainly Atheism seems like it would be that.
Me, I am agnostic. Until I get good evidence, the jury is still out.
Note that the atheist group fragmented... as Christians have been doing for about 2000 years.
I am interested in finding the evidence that would push me off being agnostic.
Perhaps Eric has some?
Greater is He that is in me than He who is in the world. Looking for evidence of that which is foundational is a special type of blindness. Look within to find what you seek.
Good news! This year’s Easter comes LATER in April and ALL the Christian Churches come together, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox! Take confort in this.
.....Even under the “heat” of persicution.
Lent begins on March 5, I think for the Eastern Christians it is two earlier, and Easter is on April 20, 2014.
“Lent begins on March 5, I think for the Eastern Christians it is two earlier, and Easter is on April 20, 2014.”
Correction: two days earlier.
When the churches come together, it forms a prayer that all the Christians will one day be ONE.
Aetheism is a false “religion” led by satan and his messengers (allah, etc) for leftists who lack the intellect to see reality.
As a “relgion”, leftists should be barred from government if they followed their “separation of church & state” philosophy...and if they really believed what they say.
“Scale goodness”? Double talk gibberish.
He’s the Jim Jones of today trying to be the current cult leader. Absurd.
From what I understand you want a phone call or email from God proving Himself. That would be subjective proof.
Perhaps narses can arrange such communications. He is a master at ping lists, maybe he can help.