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Why Atheists Are Starting Their Own Global Church
Yahoo News ^ | September 23, 2013 | Peter Weber

Posted on 09/23/2013 12:43:28 PM PDT by lbryce

Pope Francis is significantly upping the Catholic Church's buzz quotient, but another congregation is hoping to take America (and other countries) by storm. Like Methodism and Episcopalianism, the Sunday Assembly is a British import, but with a difference: This church doesn't believe in God. It's motto is "live better, help often, and wonder more." It's striving to be a global atheist religion.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atheists; church; religion
An atheist "religion or church" seems the ultimate oxymoron. The cohesion that facilitates any organized worship of a deity is one based on a belief system anchored in an eternal existence beyond the here and now, one that transcends life here on Earth in immortal beneficence. How is that going to pan out among those who say with absolute certitude in the denial of any such realm?

As science itself is wont to say, you can not prove that which allegedly does not exist.

1 posted on 09/23/2013 12:43:28 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Next they’ll be evangelizing.


2 posted on 09/23/2013 12:45:45 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: lbryce

The Unitarians already have that market cornered............


3 posted on 09/23/2013 12:47:02 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They already are. They are already the established state religion in Marxist controlled countries including, to a large extent, the U.S. of A.


4 posted on 09/23/2013 12:47:38 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They are already doing that. They have the “We are right and you are wrong” evangelism down pat.


5 posted on 09/23/2013 12:47:42 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Let’s hope so in Saudi Arabia.


6 posted on 09/23/2013 12:47:53 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: lbryce

This is nothing but a big joke if you ask me


7 posted on 09/23/2013 12:48:00 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Red Badger

Didn’t Scientology already cover this? Or does Scientology qualify because of a belief in superior alien beings that are coming back for us?


8 posted on 09/23/2013 12:49:27 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: lbryce

Let me be the first to nominate Bishop Spong as their pope.


9 posted on 09/23/2013 12:49:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Tenacious 1

I don’t know id Scientology specifically holds there is or isn’t a god.


10 posted on 09/23/2013 12:50:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

How can we distinguish this new “athiest church” from some of the other ones we already got? (Except its more honest about what it stands for)


11 posted on 09/23/2013 12:50:25 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (Er)
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To: lbryce

If you believe, you get to go to atheist heaven.


12 posted on 09/23/2013 12:53:16 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: AppyPappy

So they are already the “one true church” are they?

lol


13 posted on 09/23/2013 12:55:26 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Red Badger

...touche!


14 posted on 09/23/2013 12:56:26 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Next they’ll be evangelizing.

I’m all for this, they should start in one of the 57 countries that Obama has mentioned...


15 posted on 09/23/2013 12:56:46 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: faithhopecharity
How can we distinguish this new “athiest church” from some of the other ones we already got?

They'll be more pious and judgmental.

16 posted on 09/23/2013 12:57:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When your policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on enthusiastic support from Paul.)
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To: Zhang Fei

... ‘get to their atheist heaven’... that sounds like get into my touche heaven to me.
IT would be a nice drug business front.


17 posted on 09/23/2013 12:58:13 PM PDT by lavaroise
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To: lbryce; lightman

From the looks of that video, the atheist “services” resemble the cracked “emerging church” services that various protestant denominations run, originally to appeal to Gen X. I think that that FAD is beyond its sell-by date.

If you don’t believe in God, you might as well sleep late on Sunday morning, have brunch, and read the newspaper. No need to clean yourself up, get dressed, and drive somewhere. Phooey!


18 posted on 09/23/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: nickcarraway
I don’t know id Scientology specifically holds there is or isn’t a god.

Me neither. But they are a "non-proffit" religious group none the less.

19 posted on 09/23/2013 12:59:31 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: lbryce

This is a leftist ideological group. Think about it. To bind people together in a religion requires a doctrine, a core set of beliefs that everyone in the group believes in.
Atheism provides no such framework, since everything is subjective and opinion-driven. So in other words, this will be a left wing advocacy group.

I can see atheists dividing on this. Some considering it to be a brilliant way to fill the void they feel, others considering it patently stupid.


20 posted on 09/23/2013 1:00:16 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway

I thought scientology was pantheistic?


21 posted on 09/23/2013 1:01:32 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Honorary Serb

It’s actually good for believers if they establish their church. Because they want to make their religion the state religion, and it will be harder to do so, if they acknowledge it’s a denomination, so to speak.


22 posted on 09/23/2013 1:01:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

*Next they’ll be evangelizing.*

They already are.
They’ve been preaching the State Religion of Atheism for
the past 40 years in public schools.

They have been “evangelizing” through billboards, bus signs and Starbucks cups.

They want to drag as many people to Hell with them as possible without even knowing who directs their steps and whispers lies into their ears.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind”
Romans 1:28


23 posted on 09/23/2013 1:03:47 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

More judgmental for sure. Not sure about piety.


24 posted on 09/23/2013 1:03:48 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (Er)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Google the ‘atheist bus campaign’. Richard Dawkins is financing it.


25 posted on 09/23/2013 1:07:25 PM PDT by Gideon7
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To: lbryce

Think Globally, Act Locally.


26 posted on 09/23/2013 1:07:44 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: GraceG

You better believe in Atheism or else you’re going to heaven.


27 posted on 09/23/2013 1:08:00 PM PDT by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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To: willyd

You better believe in Atheism or else you’re going to heaven.

I want my 72 virgins when I get into heaven, because I am a complete nerd and want some nerds to play DnD board games with....


28 posted on 09/23/2013 1:11:31 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: lbryce
It's motto is "live better, help often, and wonder more."

Because..? If there is nothing to live better for, or if I don't "feel" like helping, or if there's nothing to wonder about, why should I do it? Just because?

29 posted on 09/23/2013 1:19:11 PM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: lbryce

They will worship themselves. This whole “church” is a platform for narcissists.

Most likely services (assuming anyone will attend, since they’ll be too busy doing their own thing) will resemble the EST-like pop-psych groups of the 70s, with the emphasis on loving the self. I can’t even imagine a community with any of these people.


30 posted on 09/23/2013 1:20:25 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: lbryce

The word “Church” refers to the body of congregants gathered in the name of Jesus. So, how can atheists have a church?


31 posted on 09/23/2013 1:28:53 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: lbryce

Why not? Here’s a list of anarchist organizations.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anarchist_organizations
Does no one know the word oxymoron? How about irony?


32 posted on 09/23/2013 1:30:35 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: nickcarraway

I always thought a name that sounds like a leaf spring snapping to be kinda funny.

Spong Spang Spung isn’t the only atheist Anglican bishop, BTW.

Atheism is a religion just like the others it professes to despise. Atheists rail against a Deity they claim does not even exist. Go figure.

Maybe this new “church” will erect a statue of their Great Flying Spaghetti-O Monster or whatever. Screw ‘em.


33 posted on 09/23/2013 1:30:44 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: lbryce

What’s wrong with the UUs?


34 posted on 09/23/2013 1:32:59 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"Next they’ll be evangelizing."

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If they show up at our door, (*whisper*) we're not going to answer. Heh....

35 posted on 09/23/2013 1:38:44 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: lbryce

Why not? Half the churches out there are primarily social clubs oriented more around pot lucks than God. So what’s a guy that likes potato salad but isn’t into the whole God thing to do?


36 posted on 09/23/2013 1:38:51 PM PDT by discostu (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Tenacious 1
"...a belief in superior alien beings..."

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Tom Cruise...........and we will be made to watch ALL of his movies - over and over and over........

37 posted on 09/23/2013 1:43:07 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: MoochPooch
"This whole “church” is a platform for narcissists."

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Just made for Obama.

Narcissist that he is, you know he'll want to sign up.

38 posted on 09/23/2013 1:59:49 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: lbryce

There is no bigot like an atheist.


39 posted on 09/23/2013 2:24:27 PM PDT by IDFbunny
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To: lbryce
It's striving to be a global atheist religion.

atheism - the doctrine or belief that there is no God; disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.

religion - belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.

"atheist religion" is an oxymoron.

40 posted on 09/23/2013 2:42:22 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: lbryce

I think the best analogy here is that almost all churches promote married reproduction, as well as the proper raising of children to have moral character.

Atheism, on the other hand, masturbates.


41 posted on 09/23/2013 2:46:05 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: lbryce

Sounds like an oxymoron ..... “we have no deity we believe in but we’ll build a church so we won’t have to worship it”


42 posted on 09/23/2013 2:51:01 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: lbryce

This is the equivalent of wanting to have eggs without the chicken.


43 posted on 09/23/2013 3:58:17 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: GeronL

I agree. The subtlety in which it supposedly mocks religion is buried even deeper than Jimmy Hoffa.


44 posted on 09/23/2013 4:26:34 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst Is Yet To Come)
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