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London Atheist Church Model Looking to Expand Worldwide
Christian Post ^ | 03/08/2013 | By Dayna Lovelady

Posted on 03/10/2013 7:56:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

An atheist "church" in London has modeled itself after the Christian church and plans to add more locations worldwide soon. Since its launch, The Sunday Assembly has heard from over 200 people who want to start their own location.

The Sunday Assembly's website says that it is "a godless congregation that meets on the first Sunday of every month to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life." They say that it is a service for anyone who wants to "live better, help often and wonder more."

Atheist "church" co-founder and comedian Sanderson Jones says in the group's recent video, "It's part-foot-stomping show, part-atheist church, and 100% celebration of life."

"We've come up with a plan so that as many people as possible can start having as much fun as we're having as soon as possible," Jones says in the video. He went on to say, "We're pretty sure there are going to be loads of people who are going to want to live better until they're doing their best."

The Sunday Assembly says it will provide atheist "church" plant hopefuls with videos, marketing support, and all the resources it can, but will make sure there is creative space left for personalization. Choosing the songs, readings and speakers is up to each individual location.

Co-founder Pippa Evans, a comedian, writer and improviser, says in the video, "at the moment we're two people trying as hard as we can to keep up with an insane level of interest."

Matt Slick, president and founder of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, studies atheism and often speaks at events about atheism. He says that a movement like this is dangerous. "The devil is working through them to replace the Christian church with the church of the devil. Atheism is the ultimate denial of God," Slick said. "This movement is a manifestation of the enemy of the Gospel trying to replace Christianity, corrupt it and weaken it."

"It might be that they become united and become a stronger front against Christianity. That is my concern. This has potential to do a lot of damage to the Church," Slick said. He also warned that Christian pastors need to no longer teach the "comfort-me gospel" and need to preach and teach true Christian theology so that Christians do not go out to seek places such as this. Writing about the order of service, The Sunday Assembly says on its website, "To begin with we are following a format which people are familiar with and it is just going to get better from there as we hone the heck out of it."

The order of service includes what many Christian churches do on Sundays: a welcome, notices, a song, guest speaker, reading, final address and another song.

The atheist congregation also wants to build a community around The Sunday Assembly, sharing volunteering opportunities and showcasing ways to join in locally.

On the day that many Christians around the world will be celebrating Easter this year, March 31, the atheist "church" plans to have its first service outside of London in Glasgow. The event's title is "Easter Service with Susan Calman."

Attempting to explain the contradiction of an atheist "church" holding an Easter service, the leaders say on their Facebook page, "An Easter service in an atheist shindig, that doesn't seem right? Don't worry, we're as rational as they come but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater."

They go on to say, "There have been spring festivals since time began, and wouldn't it be a shame to lose 1400 years of British history over a minor theological difference? Yes. It would. Also, we love chocolate eggs!" An upcoming service highlights speaker Luke Ryan, a cancer survivor. The invite encourages people to come, "as we contemplate how very bad things that will definitely happen to us."

As a Christian apologist, Slick states, "The Christian church has to realize that we are in war. Every Christian should understand the war mentality. In Luke 22:36, Jesus said to his disciples to sell one cloak and buy a sword. He's not saying go out there and be violent. What he is saying is that we are supposed to be ready for the battle and defend ourselves in the world by going out and preaching the Gospel to those that are lost."


TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: atheism; church; london

1 posted on 03/10/2013 7:56:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Talk about a contradiction-in-terms.


2 posted on 03/10/2013 7:58:53 AM PDT by AU72
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To: SeekAndFind

Matthew 24: Signs of the times...

http://www.patburt.com/


3 posted on 03/10/2013 8:00:35 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: SeekAndFind
They won't get a regular congregation willing to waste time listeneing to clowns tout the beauty of atheism. It sounds like one of those newsman's dreams such as liberel rallies that feature 2 people showing up and making the evening news.

In any church of atheism, unless you supply free beer, to get two people you will need a mirror.

4 posted on 03/10/2013 8:02:20 AM PDT by stevem
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s all for the “tax exempt” status.


5 posted on 03/10/2013 8:03:18 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: SeekAndFind
We gather together in order to pay homage to nobody.

It's important.

6 posted on 03/10/2013 8:04:46 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AU72

When people get rid of God and religion in their lives, they create a hole. And these people are trying to fill the hole because they recognize that something has been lost.

So perhaps it will occur to them that the thing they have lost is something REAL.


7 posted on 03/10/2013 8:11:16 AM PDT by Hilda
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To: dead

Don’t atheists already have the Unitarian Universalist Church?


8 posted on 03/10/2013 8:16:19 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: elcid1970

I think the agnostics have that one.


9 posted on 03/10/2013 8:19:36 AM PDT by sayfer bullets ("...and if it stops moving, subsidize it." - RR)
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To: SeekAndFind

How do you expand,... nothing?


10 posted on 03/10/2013 8:20:16 AM PDT by Clock King
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To: Clock King

RE: How do you expand,...

I guess they’re planning to “evangelize” ( note the quotes ) the world by convincing as many people as possible to NOT believe in God.


11 posted on 03/10/2013 8:23:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Just another target for the ‘Islamists’! LOL!


12 posted on 03/10/2013 8:25:07 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: SeekAndFind

The’ve exchanged the truth of God for a lie,

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” Romans 1:22


13 posted on 03/10/2013 8:30:18 AM PDT by captmar-vell
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To: SeekAndFind

The atheists I know will just sleep in and ‘say’ that they went to the Sunday Assembly.


14 posted on 03/10/2013 8:52:37 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: SeekAndFind

Since Atheism is a religion, it’s time we get it out of our schools and government.


15 posted on 03/10/2013 8:56:52 AM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s just proving that atheist/secular humanism is a RELIGION.

The very same RELIGION our own government has now sanctioned as the official state religion , so much for separation of church and state .


16 posted on 03/10/2013 9:07:01 AM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: SeekAndFind

Everybody wants to belong to something, even if that something represents NOTHING.


17 posted on 03/10/2013 9:18:07 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SeekAndFind

I find it amusing how militant atheists constantly criticize Christians, yet somehow feel they must copy for their own ends Christian holidays, services, music, etc...


18 posted on 03/10/2013 9:28:20 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind
So Atheists can worship no religion, or worship Satan? Or just maybe for the money.

Today's atheism is a religion. Otherwise they would shut up and not bother anybody.

19 posted on 03/10/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know why they needed a separate “church.” Half of the so-called religions today are little more than social feel-good clubs anyway.


20 posted on 03/10/2013 9:41:53 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: SeekAndFind

Aren’t the words atheist and church and oxymoron?

I know, they say it’s a godless congregation........then why do they call it a church?

I wonder what the speaker speaks about?

What readings are read?

What songs are sung?

There’s a difference here. Christian churches would have a reading from the Bible, hymns and the pastor or minister would address the congregation on a topic of faith.


21 posted on 03/10/2013 9:41:55 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ah yes, the anti Religion religion. I can’t wait for the devout atheists to take the sacrilegious atheists to court for violating the Constitution. I wonder where the ACLU would weigh in on that battle?


22 posted on 03/10/2013 9:46:39 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SeekAndFind

A “celebration of life”? You mean a celebration of random, purposeless, meaningless chance? Do they cheer when they roll dice, too ... no matter how the dice turn up?


23 posted on 03/10/2013 9:48:05 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: SeekAndFind
All fundamentalist evangelical atheists have a religious faith in government.
24 posted on 03/10/2013 9:51:27 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Salvation

What songs are sung?

All songs are SMUG!!!!!


26 posted on 03/10/2013 10:37:47 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll be impressed when thay start building hospitals and orphanages.


27 posted on 03/10/2013 10:47:17 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like a ripoff of the U2 church.


28 posted on 03/10/2013 10:58:06 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: SeekAndFind

“An upcoming service highlights speaker Luke Ryan, a cancer survivor.”

He’s lucky he survived, because only the dark pit awaits a deceiver.


29 posted on 03/10/2013 11:31:05 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Lera
It’s just proving that atheist/secular humanism is a RELIGION.

All it proves is that some huckster thinks a church is a good business model.

30 posted on 03/10/2013 12:02:52 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Hilda

>When people get rid of God and religion in their lives, they create a hole.<

.
Worship a vacuum.

Like man, very deep.


31 posted on 03/10/2013 12:15:07 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Quit picking on the Episcopalians!


32 posted on 03/11/2013 10:25:56 AM PDT by dangus
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To: 353FMG

Just wait for the inevitable schism between the Dysonites and the Hooverists.


33 posted on 03/11/2013 10:27:44 AM PDT by dangus
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