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The Church of Atheism

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The Church of Atheism

There are enough churches spouting nonsense and lies, it is time to have a church that is accountable, scientifically informed, absent of all myth or religious belief, and full of happy people playing, getting married, and celebrating their births.

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Members: 31
Latest Activity: Nov 30

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Comment by Tim Otheus on November 30, 2016 at 8:37am

Remember that dictionaries are guides to usage and neither comprehensive nor authoritative.  If someone wore chaps and spurs and a lariat but rode around on a zebra they would still be a wrangler.cowboy/cowgirl.

My objection to "atheism" is it still plays the theists' game when religion is not primarily about their deity.  Christians should be labeled a-reincarnationists and made to live with that label!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2016 at 1:14am

Church | Definition of Church by Merriam-Webster

www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/church

1: a building for public and especially Christian worship,

2: the clergy or officialdom of a religious body,

3: often capitalized : a body or organization of religious believers: as        

a : the whole body of Christians, 

b : denomination <the Presbyterian church>,

c : congregation.

1. I have no need for a place of worship. 

2. I have no need for a clergy or officialdom. 

3. There is no need to capitalize atheist, except as the first word of a sentence.

a. the body of atheists includes people from all around the Earth, and with many different shades of non-belief in supernatural power, 

b. there is no denomination, 

c. there is no congregation, a group of people assembled for religious worship, parishioners, parish, churchgoers, faithful, followers, believers fellowship, communicants, laity, brethren, membership, throng, company, assemblage, audience.

 

Comment by Tim Otheus on August 15, 2015 at 9:04pm

No, there is no requirement to "teach of eternal life" for a stance on religious questions to "qualify as a religion."  Even the US Supreme Court has said that religion is whatever occupies a place in one's life that is "parallel" to traditional religions.

Comment by Steph S. on March 19, 2012 at 12:18am
Thanks Tim - will check on that!
Comment by Tim Otheus on January 28, 2012 at 1:57pm

The Church of Freethought has been around since 1994.  These are local organizations that meet regularly and preach the gospel of religious doubt.  There is one in Houston and one in the DFW area of North Texas.  Both are groups here on the Atheist Nexus:

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/HCOF

and

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/NTCOF

 

The NTCOF has a page that is a good candidate for "atheist scripture" - an 1860 letter by Thomas Henry Huxley, "Darwin's Bulldog" that explains and defends the Atheist/Agnostic?Freethought point of view and is full of great quotes.

Comment by Kevin Ray Smith on December 3, 2010 at 11:29am
I agree Andrew, it is a wonderful idea. Also, if you go to: http://firstchurchofatheism.com/ you can become an ordained atheist minister.
Comment by Sri Adx on August 21, 2010 at 1:37am
There is a legally incorporated Church called "The Church of Atheism" in Eau Claire, WI. I founded it. :P http://churchofatheism.webs.com
Comment by andrew bell on May 14, 2010 at 11:29am
i think this is a great idea as if the methodists or the catholics have they're churches with the views that they have then surely us sensible people must be allowed something
Comment by Jim Mo. on July 10, 2009 at 2:15pm
Nice idea, but as noted by so many atheists, the concept goes against everything that anarcho-atheists think they believe in. I don't believe that a universal atheist community exists. If the atheist church was to identify as a particular subset of atheists, it may work.

An atheist church would technically be open to all atheists but it would be meaningless without some boundary of membership and non-membership. Accepting all stripes, flavors, and atheist passions would be pointless; we have the atheistnexus and similar networks for that. If the church was to be a community of social reciprocity and shared activity among like-minded atheists, I think that could work.
Comment by Chris Odom on September 13, 2008 at 1:32am
Hmm...although my personal two cents is that atheism defies every aspect of what qualifies as a church, the idea itself kicks ass. The only downside is it will make religionutters convinced that we really do worship science. /sigh...
If this could ever get worked out to where it becomes a center with all the pluses of a vibrant physical community without nonsense..I feel that many of us would finally find home.
 

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