Speak Your Mind: Atheist Church
The whole concept of atheist church leaves me cold. Not because I fear that it just lends credence to the argument that atheism is just another religion, but because I’m unconvinced of their utility.
It should be noted that I’m in a relatively privileged position. My family has no disowned me for being a non-believer and all of my friends have accepted this part of me without hesitation. So I’m not in need of a community like others. The fallout of my atheism was almost non-existent.
However, I can’t help but think back to the time when I was a believer and I did go to church. I didn’t feel close to the people I went to church with; I didn’t feel like I had anything in particular in common with them other than we congregated in the same building once a week. I thought maybe I felt so removed from this group of people because I didn’t really believe what they seemed to believe so completely.
Several years later I joined an atheist group. I thought that maybe I would feel some kind of kinship. I didn’t. I didn’t make lasting friendships with anyone and eventually stopped going to meetings. See, neither a belief nor disbelief in God was enough to sustain a meaningful relationship.
What do you think of the atheist church movement? Do you think it fills a void, or unnecessary? What would you get out of an atheist church?
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