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An atheist church

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An atheist church

Postby Kay » Mon 4 Feb 2013 18:46 GMT

Story here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21319945

How totally bizarre. I thought that most atheists were opposed to organised religion. Whatever next? Atheists proselytising? Surely not.
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Postby gozomark » Sun 3 Mar 2013 16:10 GMT

If I wanted to attend an atheist church I'd have stayed CoE
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Postby Dave » Sun 3 Mar 2013 18:33 GMT

:lol:

Very much my reaction, Mark. Yes, it fulfils an emotional need for people who want to feel part of a like-minded community. But the moment you start justifying atheism on the basis that "other people share this belief system" is the moment when you start undermining the credibility of atheism.

As far as I'm concerned, the point of atheism is that you don't believe - unless you're one of the few people who are atheists by conviction rather than by persuasion. I don't know that there are no gods, but I don't know that there are any, either. I don't think it's necessary to assume their existence just to make a plausible cosmology, and I don't see any evidence for divine intervention anywhere in humanity's existence (plenty of incidents of "innocent" people dying in freak accidents to counterbalance those saved; plenty of incidents of "bad" people surviving and indeed flourishing to counterbalance those who meet unpleasant ends).

If you want to join a club, by all means go ahead. But regular meetings for mutual reassurance and reinforcement seems a step too far down the religious path for me.
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