Atheist Church

From here:

Two British comedians have announced their plan to start an atheist “church,” known as The Sunday Assembly, to be offered for free once a month in London.

“We thought it would be a shame not to enjoy the good stuff about religion, like the sense of community, just because of a theological disagreement,” said Sanderson Jones, a stand-up comedian who hatched the idea for the “church” with fellow comedienne Pippa Evans.

The Londonist blog describes the monthly morning meeting, held at a former church in Islington known as The Nave, as a “godless gathering for people who want to hear funny and interesting people talk, sing songs and celebrate life.”

Okay, can’t tell if they are serious or if this is a joke. Then again, maybe its both.

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8 Responses to Atheist Church

  1. The fact that you can’t tell means that you probably have no idea of how to really relate to people.

  2. Crude says:

    The fact that you can’t tell means that you probably have no idea of how to really relate to people.

    Science, ladies and gentlemen!

    Yeah, Mike, it’s funny. Well, at least if they’re atheists, we know their church won’t have a schism. *cough*

  3. heddle says:

    When you first join you are given the lowest rank, which according to PZ is “Dictionary Atheist”.

    After training, when you can give a spirited defense of your atheism, you are promoted to “Atheist.”

    When you develop a keen sense of outrage and the ability to popularize your beliefs, you are elevated to “Gnu Atheist.”

    When you demand that atheism must include a keen desire for social activism and that every uttered and written word must be examined for privilege, you achieve the exalted rank of “Atheist-Plus.”

  4. Michael says:

    LOL! It’s like a role-playing game – they’re leveling up.

  5. G. Rodrigues says:

    @Michael:

    “LOL! It’s like a role-playing game – they’re leveling up.”

    The one-million dollar question: who is the dungeon master?

  6. Tim Lambert says:

    Give it 4 months and it will be belly up.
    When the purpose of your stance is nothing more than a negative position against religion you have little to stand on…. little to stand for.

  7. Tim Lambert says:

    “The fact that you can’t tell means that you probably have no idea of how to really relate to people.”

    How does it mean that?

  8. BenYachov says:

    It’s been done before in the last 150 years. Why is this Atheist Church any different other then to show us Theists nature really abhors a vacuum.

    OTOH I always envisioned one of the positive perks of non-belief is you at least get to sleep in on Sundays. Why give that up?

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