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Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world
AP ^ | 11/11/13 | GILLIAN FLACCUS

Posted on 11/11/2013 1:55:11 PM PST by DallasBiff

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.

Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia — with more to come — after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year. The movement fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians is no joke.

On Sunday, the inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles attracted several hundred people bound by their belief in non-belief. Similar gatherings in San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities have drawn hundreds of atheists seeking the camaraderie of a congregation without religion or ritual.

The founders, British duo Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, are currently on a tongue-in-cheek "40 Dates, 40 Nights" tour around the U.S. and Australia to drum up donations and help launch new Sunday Assemblies. They hope to raise more than $800,000 that will help atheists launch their pop-up congregations around the world. So far, they have raised about $50,000.

They don't bash believers but want to find a new way to meet likeminded people, engage in the community and make their presence more visible in a landscape dominated by faith.

Jones got the first inkling for the idea while leaving a Christmas carol concert six years ago

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Jones got the first inkling for the idea while leaving a Christmas carol concert six years ago.

An atheist non-Christmas carol.

Dude hey you merry gentleman, let nothing you dismay

For our dudest dude was born, was born on this dudest day

George Orwell was a prophet.

1 posted on 11/11/2013 1:55:11 PM PST by DallasBiff
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To: DallasBiff

“Random Chance, Rest Ye Merry Gentlepersons”


2 posted on 11/11/2013 1:56:31 PM PST by Publius
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To: DallasBiff
God?
Wha...?
Who...?

I wouldn't want to an athiest when Judgement Day comes around.
God will be saying to them: who are you?

3 posted on 11/11/2013 1:57:10 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: DallasBiff

That would be an intersting sermon. What do they talk about? Nothing?


4 posted on 11/11/2013 1:57:46 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: DallasBiff

Sounds dumb, one big advantage of being an Atheist is you can sleep late Sunday mornings


5 posted on 11/11/2013 1:58:49 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: DallasBiff; GeronL
They don't bash believers but want to find a new way to meet likeminded people, engage in the community and make their presence more visible in a landscape dominated by faith.

Already exists. It is the modern Democrat party.


6 posted on 11/11/2013 1:58:53 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DallasBiff

The absurdity of it is astounding.


7 posted on 11/11/2013 1:59:08 PM PST by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: cloudmountain

People who get so exercised about a God they insist isn’t there.

They think that “reason” (in the way they conceive it, which is a tight little knot of almost contentless tautologies) is enough for a good life on earth. Like surely bookkeeping will solve your problem with being broke!

Oh an atheist knows God’s there and hates Him. And will stoop to almost any depth to get his or her no-God world.


8 posted on 11/11/2013 2:00:37 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: DallasBiff

agitprop


9 posted on 11/11/2013 2:01:03 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (Obama is a proven liar, an admitted liar, an unrepentent liar.)
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Atheists are idiots.


10 posted on 11/11/2013 2:01:36 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: DallasBiff

Nature abhors a vacuum.

The non-belief will get filled with something in a ready-made nasty machine.

I’m a Catholic and have a slightly different view of “end times” than the common Protestant belief, but this kind of crap fits both theories.


11 posted on 11/11/2013 2:02:04 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: qam1

Or a 7th day Adventist could do so :-)


12 posted on 11/11/2013 2:02:08 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: DallasBiff

When I read a couple Brit comics were involved, I instantly thought of Billy Connolly, as he can be absolutely hilarious, but is a RABID atheist.


13 posted on 11/11/2013 2:02:37 PM PST by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: a fool in paradise

That was the dude who went ape shit over Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.


14 posted on 11/11/2013 2:02:51 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Well I believe you and crazy-evangelical I can agree on the Garden. Satan cooked up an illusory scheme and sold it to mankind.


15 posted on 11/11/2013 2:03:09 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
The non-belief will get filled with something in a ready-made nasty machine.

All that's missing is the Kool-Aid.

The World's First "Atheist" Church.

16 posted on 11/11/2013 2:04:39 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: DallasBiff

Oh good. A country club.

Next comes the pool.


17 posted on 11/11/2013 2:06:28 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: DallasBiff

if a few hundred in attendance qualifies atheists to say they have a “mega church” affirmative action must have been applied.


18 posted on 11/11/2013 2:07:05 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: DallasBiff

Haha People need church - now if they could just realize they need Jesus to go along with it!

I can imagine this rubbish really taking off - from what I see on Facebook people will buy any pseudo spiritual feel good nonsense as long as it is not Christian or fromal religion. If you’re looking for a great example try looking up video of Eckhart Tolle - he speaks absolute tripe but people worship this crap!

Mel

Mel


19 posted on 11/11/2013 2:08:19 PM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: DallasBiff

And the coolest thing is - YOU GET TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN MORALITY!

No more of this submission to a higher power.
Just think of what you want to do...
then CREATE an arbitrary ethical system which justifies what you want!
Just think...you can be AGAINST it when its done to you, but still JUSTIFY the same act when you do it to others!

And it will help you keep you mind off of your accountability to the LIVING GOD on the Dies Iraes!

Atheism: the ultimate denial.


20 posted on 11/11/2013 2:09:22 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: DallasBiff
Psalm 2 King James Version (KJV)
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
21 posted on 11/11/2013 2:09:32 PM PST by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: dhs12345
What do they talk about? Nothing?

That was my first impression too, but in reality it's probably boilerplate socialist dogma thinly disguised as secular humanism or some similar claptrap.
22 posted on 11/11/2013 2:09:33 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: dhs12345

Worked for Seinfeld for years.
Who says Atheism isn’t an organized religion? HA!


23 posted on 11/11/2013 2:09:33 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: Nevadan

Only 100,000 turned out for the MILLION MAN MARCH so liberals are prone to inflation.


24 posted on 11/11/2013 2:10:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: dhs12345

>>That would be an intersting sermon. What do they talk about? Nothing?

The same thing as many mega-sized “Christian” churches: I’m awesome, you’re awesome, we’re all awesome. Global warming is real. Humans are a virus. Everyone would have more if we all “shared”. Gay is OK. Abortion is a necessary evil. Obama loves the little children, all the children of the world.

The atheist church adds a little: They recite their Apostles Creed, which is the party planks of the CPUSA and ask the non-existent diety to damn the USA.


25 posted on 11/11/2013 2:10:57 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

“Do as thou will shall be the whole of the law” - Alister Crowley.


26 posted on 11/11/2013 2:11:13 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DallasBiff

That headline made my husband laugh and laugh.


27 posted on 11/11/2013 2:13:31 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: melsec

In the 1960s, with Time declaring God Is Dead, we saw the rise of $cientology, the Manson Family (Manson even had an e-meter at his ranch), the “Church of Satan(TM)” (actually an atheist cult/coven/orgy club), and Jim Jones’ Democrat Liberal “People’s Temple”. Also militant sects like SDS/Weather Underground, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, etc.

What filled the void in peoples’ lives was worse than what they claimed was so bad that it had to be replaced.


28 posted on 11/11/2013 2:16:58 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Bryanw92

PCUSA seems to be trying to fall more in line with CPUSA as the years roll on.


29 posted on 11/11/2013 2:18:13 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DallasBiff

AP wishes.

I don’t believe half of this article.


30 posted on 11/11/2013 2:21:09 PM PST by Fido969
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes nature abhors a vacuum and will fill it with whatever comes!


31 posted on 11/11/2013 2:24:40 PM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: a fool in paradise; newgeezer

Do Republicans ever credit God’s word with any of their platform positions?


32 posted on 11/11/2013 2:29:43 PM PST by DungeonMaster
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To: DallasBiff

Seems like faith in nothing to me.


33 posted on 11/11/2013 2:31:17 PM PST by onedoug
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To: SpaceBar

How about Communism?


34 posted on 11/11/2013 2:32:54 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: onedoug

What usually ends up happening is the “faith” eventually becomes faith in one man: Hitler, Stalin, Jim Jones, etc.


35 posted on 11/11/2013 2:33:29 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: griswold3

A show about nothing... :)


36 posted on 11/11/2013 2:33:55 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: DallasBiff

They gather to celebrate a happy event of undetermined nature.


37 posted on 11/11/2013 2:35:07 PM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: Bryanw92

Humans are a virus.

Then maybe we can only hope for a Jim Jones type of event. Yes, drink the coolaid. Cherry or grape???


38 posted on 11/11/2013 2:36:30 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: DallasBiff

Guess what? “hundreds” is NOT a “mega-church”.


39 posted on 11/11/2013 2:38:33 PM PST by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: DallasBiff

Heh. Never underestimate the ability of the huckster to find flocks to fleece.


40 posted on 11/11/2013 2:39:20 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: DallasBiff

It’s going to be rather boring to sit in a large with with a lot of people saying nothing.


41 posted on 11/11/2013 2:42:19 PM PST by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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To: DallasBiff

Speaking as an atheist, I haven’t the slightest inclination to attend this “church”.


42 posted on 11/11/2013 2:46:47 PM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: dhs12345

Seinfeld did (grin)


43 posted on 11/11/2013 2:50:48 PM PST by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: Kip Russell

Same here. As an atheist, I find these people to be pathetic self-parodies.


44 posted on 11/11/2013 2:53:00 PM PST by Publius
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To: DallasBiff

A group of 400 atheists is hardly a mega-church. Ours has 3 services with 1500 worshipers.

Pray America is Waking Up


45 posted on 11/11/2013 2:56:58 PM PST by bray (Delay Obamacare)
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To: qam1

You can if you are a Christian, too!


46 posted on 11/11/2013 2:59:45 PM PST by lu shissler (ecause)
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To: SpaceBar

They probably talk about all those golf courses and Sunday football games they think they will find in hell! Imagine all those golf courses and not a single golf ball in hell!


47 posted on 11/11/2013 3:02:48 PM PST by lu shissler (ecause)
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To: a fool in paradise

As a traditional Anglican, I can vouch that many atheists all over the country gather on Sundays to meet, sing, speak, and reflect...it’s called the The Episcopal Church.


48 posted on 11/11/2013 3:09:50 PM PST by twister881
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To: twister881

I think the difference between an agnostic and an atheist is that the agnostic couple will drop off their kid(s) at Sunday School while the parents duck out the read the weekend paper at Starbucks.


49 posted on 11/11/2013 3:21:59 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: lu shissler
Sounds dumb, one big advantage of being an Atheist is you can sleep late Sunday mornings

You can if you are a Christian, too!

Not to mention if you're a Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Zorastrian, 7th Day Adventist, Bahá'i, Shinto, Taoist...

50 posted on 11/11/2013 3:28:26 PM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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