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The church with no God in America's Bible Belt
The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2014 | Peter Foster

Posted on 07/27/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT by markomalley

Viewed from the outside, the pointy-roofed building in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee deep in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, looks very much like a church.

And stepping inside, where a congregation is swaying along to music, listening to sermons and discussing ways to help their local community, it sounds very much like a church too.

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God.

“I pass seven big churches between my house and the main road two miles away, there are plenty of churches in Nashville, but we needed a place for us,” says David Lyle, a founder-member of the Nashville branch of the “Sunday Assembly” secular church movement.

Started in London in January 2013 by a pair of British stand-up comedians, Sunday Assembly offers a church experience but without the “God part” and, according to organisers, it is starting to catch on in America.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: spiritualjourney

1 posted on 07/27/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

~~~Started in London in January 2013 by a pair of British stand-up comedians~~~

That sounds about right....


2 posted on 07/27/2014 2:27:13 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

It’s like Sam Kinison...in reverse..except not as funny.


3 posted on 07/27/2014 2:54:09 AM PDT by BRK
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To: F15Eagle

So it has a similar background to the “Church” of Scientology, started by a novelist.


4 posted on 07/27/2014 2:55:46 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: markomalley

The United Methodist Church has been trying this for years.


5 posted on 07/27/2014 3:29:07 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: T-Bird45

Speaking of novelists, I’m reminded of Flannery O’Connor’s novel “Wise Blood”, with Hazel Motes and his “Church Without Christ”. Its congregation consisted of Hazel Motes...


6 posted on 07/27/2014 3:33:45 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: markomalley

“The church with no God”

Unitarians?

CC


7 posted on 07/27/2014 3:49:10 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: markomalley

We already have Episcopal church.


8 posted on 07/27/2014 4:08:58 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: markomalley

Sounds like a good way to get money from the marks.


9 posted on 07/27/2014 4:13:09 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: markomalley

Church without God. Shoot, go into Politics, same thing.


10 posted on 07/27/2014 4:29:08 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: markomalley

The article carefully avoids mentioning the number attending this get-together. The fact that they could all go out to lunch together suggests quite a small group.


11 posted on 07/27/2014 4:29:33 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: markomalley

As Western Civilization sinks deeper and deeper into the mire of decadence, the lost are lost further and further in the same mire.


12 posted on 07/27/2014 4:44:08 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: AppyPappy
Sounds like a good way to get money from the marks.

Pretty much what L. Ron Hubbard said.

13 posted on 07/27/2014 4:51:20 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

I once attended a Unitarian funeral.
I couldn’t tell who the mourners were, who the minister was, etc.

People came in, sat down for a few minutes. Said nothing. Heard nothing.


14 posted on 07/27/2014 4:54:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Raycpa

Thank you...a correct comment.


15 posted on 07/27/2014 4:54:38 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ($$$$$$$$ DEFUND OBAMA! $$$$$$$$$)
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To: Savage Beast

While true, don’t lose heart. Unbelievers have always been among us. We have to accept the fact that we aren’t going to win every soul:

Matthew 13 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Find a good, Bible-believing church, and get involved. You’d be surprised how quickly fears fade. Trust in God, and don’t fear the world’s inability to believe in Him.


16 posted on 07/27/2014 4:59:19 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Celtic Conservative

“The church with no God”

Unitarians?

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Reminds of the old joke:

What do you get when you cross a Unitarian with a Jehovah’s Witness?

Someone who comes and knocks on your door for no reason.


17 posted on 07/27/2014 5:01:37 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: markomalley

How so very special ... yawn!


18 posted on 07/27/2014 5:06:06 AM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: markomalley

I wonder how such a gathering would receive occasional Christians who showed up Sunday morning, joined the conversation, and asked, “aren’t you missing something?” Think Paul in the agora in Athens.


19 posted on 07/27/2014 5:08:45 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: markomalley

We have long had a religion with no deity, it is called secular progressivism.


20 posted on 07/27/2014 5:12:40 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Eccl 10:2
The world has an inability not to believe in Him--i.e. not to believe in Truth. It's inherent in the soul. That's why Western Civilization--or anything else--is doomed if it becomes atheistic. The people of the world will lose confidence in it and will abandon it. The fall of Soviet atheism is one recent substantiation of this axiom, which precedes history.

The deeper Western Civilization sinks into decadence, the further lost the lost will become, but those who are not lost will remain firmly rooted in Truth, will continue to see clearly in its light, and will prevail.

21 posted on 07/27/2014 5:22:06 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: Eccl 10:2

LOL!


22 posted on 07/27/2014 5:44:31 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: markomalley

These people attending this “service” are sadly deceived if they believe there is no god in it. They are at least worshipping Satan and themselves, and probably other created things but they just don’t see it.


23 posted on 07/27/2014 5:50:56 AM PDT by Faith Presses On
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To: Eccl 10:2
Unitarianism's point is to be pointless. A mildly entertaining Sunday morning activity for libs who don't read the New York Times.
24 posted on 07/27/2014 6:00:35 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: T-Bird45

“So it has a similar background to the “Church” of Scientology, started by a novelist.”

You have to wonder if this secular church isn’t a hoax.


25 posted on 07/27/2014 6:02:07 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: markomalley

**without the “God part”**

I doubt that the churches like this will survive.


26 posted on 07/27/2014 6:13:46 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Eccl 10:2

You ever hear about the dyslexic atheist? he didn’t believe in Dog.

CC


27 posted on 07/27/2014 6:14:45 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Salvation
I doubt that the churches like this will survive.

When the seed money contributed by international doofuses runs out, will the attendees contribute sufficiently to pay the rent on the meeting room? If they want to get together for service projects, they can arrange it over social media for free.

28 posted on 07/27/2014 6:23:53 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: markomalley

Funny how atheists feel the need to be in a church like setting, to demand they give invocations, etc when they claim to the high heavens that they believe none of that stuff. Are they so sure they don’t believe?


29 posted on 07/27/2014 6:24:55 AM PDT by armydawg505
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Makes one wonder what John Quincy Adams saw in Unitarianism?


30 posted on 07/27/2014 6:30:39 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: Faith Presses On
they just don’t see it.

The story of the American people in a nutshell

31 posted on 07/27/2014 6:31:56 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

If there were no God .... there would be no atheists ....


32 posted on 07/27/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT by nevermorelenore
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To: Celtic Conservative

... the dyslexic, agnostic insomniac? He lay awake all night wondering if there really is a dog.


33 posted on 07/27/2014 7:59:52 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Just what is the real reason to disarm a law abiding citizen like me?)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

Good one! :)


34 posted on 07/27/2014 8:05:15 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: markomalley

It’s the natural endgame of modern Christianity. Most churches today only pay lip service to God. They don’t teach or do the things that Christ taught or teach a perverted message.


35 posted on 07/27/2014 9:06:57 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Theodore R.

It begab as a hyper rational deism that denied the Trinity and the Incarnation and other more commonly held Christian beliefs. There’s a stretch of road in Mass. where there’s an an ancient colonial church with an early 19th century church right next door both with the same name but the newer church has “Trinitarian” in parens at the bottom. Evidence of a doctrinal war.


36 posted on 07/27/2014 9:25:48 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Celtic Conservative

Celtic conservative wrote:
““The church with no God”

Unitarians?

CC”

Unitarians, eh? Try this:

http://www.cafepress.com/timeriftnetwork/489397

‘You will be assimilated.’

(Even the Pagans make fun of them.)


37 posted on 07/27/2014 9:42:59 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: markomalley

Another reason why I am happy we beat the Brits in the Revolutionary War: Britain appears to have no end of idiot ideas.


38 posted on 07/27/2014 9:50:20 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Celtic Conservative

You ever hear about the dyslexic atheist? he didn’t believe in Dog.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Actually, it’s the insomniac agnostic dyslexic. He stays up all night wondering if there really is a dog.


39 posted on 07/27/2014 10:50:33 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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