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Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« on: September 04, 2016, 01:13:28 PM »
OK,

First of all The Friendly Atheist:



So, as I understand it, these "churches" are just gatherings of atheists, humanists, agnostics and sometimes even believers who just like to get together, sing a few songs, listen to some sermons and have a little shindig or something.

I was brought up a Catholic and during my oldest daughter's childhood attended church (CofE) again because I reasoned it wasn't my position to educate her as an atheist (push her towards atheism) ... I think differently now, it was more of a blip than a truly rational decision.

However, I do believe that religions act as community focal points and I miss that. OK, I don't miss anywhere enough to get me off my butt and down to a church but I think it has a certain social cohesive value that atheists (being as difficult to herd as cats) don't do anywhere near as well.

But here's the question ... who you go to an atheist church? Being brutally honest my answer is probably no, I don'ty like the leaning towards a church format, it bothers me so no.

Any of you?

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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2016, 01:51:42 PM »
Probably not, churchy places and rituals just don't attract me.
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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2016, 01:56:27 PM »
Thought about it, as we have one of those Sunday Assembly groups nearby,  but never did. Just didn't seem so attractive in the end, and I prefer to sleep in on weekends.
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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2016, 03:52:23 PM »
I probably would if it were nearby -- already go the the local UUC from time to time.  I always enjoyed going to church.
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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2016, 07:53:55 PM »
...But...but, this place is my church.  :unsure:
Why would I want to go anywhere else? We have a god, (Asmo) we have music, we don't have a preacher, but that's because the podium is open to whoever loves it, and we all love it.  :smilenod: The hours are flexible, members come and stay, members come and go, members are kicked out. Sometimes we lock the door, but members who have been kicked out try to come in through the back door or the windows, when moderators are not watching, (Parture).  :eyeroll:

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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2016, 05:40:22 AM »
Looks like most people feel similar to me.

~I think there is a lot of love here...I can feel it. I'm sorry if this makes religious people angry.

Really? I have respect for some forum members but love? No, that's something I reserve for my family and real friends.

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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2016, 10:38:57 AM »
I'm leery of any club that would have me as a member.

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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2016, 01:32:18 PM »
~I think there is a lot of love here...I can feel it. I'm sorry if this makes religious people angry.

Really? I have respect for some forum members but love? No, that's something I reserve for my family and real friends.

Keke
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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2016, 04:18:52 PM »
We could have atheist gatherings at the tennis court, at the local bar and grille.  That might be one option but not the most attractive one. We could meet in the workshop in my backyard. If we called our gathering a church there are some really nice tax incentives...at least in the US.  I can imagine a shrewd atheist person who wants to have a building property but wishes to diminish the property tax liability. If I or some other of us has a five dollar certificate of theological proficiency such as a certificate from Blowtorch University of Jesus Christ,  then there are personal income tax diversions .....You can see where I am going with this. Call me "Icarus the Devious"   

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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2016, 08:57:57 PM »
Once upon a time, I went to monthly meetings of a group of atheists in Mississippi. However, I was an atheist in the Southern US. Until that group, most of us didn't know any other atheists. I've not felt the need since then for some reason.
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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2016, 11:59:29 PM »
We could have atheist gatherings at the tennis court, at the local bar and grille.  That might be one option but not the most attractive one. We could meet in the workshop in my backyard. If we called our gathering a church there are some really nice tax incentives...at least in the US.  I can imagine a shrewd atheist person who wants to have a building property but wishes to diminish the property tax liability. If I or some other of us has a five dollar certificate of theological proficiency such as a certificate from Blowtorch University of Jesus Christ,  then there are personal income tax diversions .....You can see where I am going with this. Call me "Icarus the Devious"

For Brits It's all very simple ... the pub. There's a few groups like that around the world, one in Ireland, another in Norway ... I'm pretty sure there's something similar in London. Maybe I should start one in Kent even if we don't get tax breaks (at least none I'm aware of)?

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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2016, 11:25:23 AM »
Looks like most people feel similar to me.

~I think there is a lot of love here...I can feel it. I'm sorry if this makes religious people angry.

Really? I have respect for some forum members but love? No, that's something I reserve for my family and real friends.

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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2016, 12:29:18 PM »


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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2016, 12:43:39 PM »
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Re: Would You Join An Atheist "Church"?
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2016, 11:10:42 PM »
"Love is a grave mental disease"-Plato
That's exactly why I love No one:jaded rimshot:


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