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I get it when someone says he(no gender preference meant) is an atheist! I agree with him when he says “I don’t believe in God or, gods for that matter”, he is unassailably right in stating his belief! It is only when the atheist asserts that “There is no God” that, in my mind, he has allowed his belief to get the better of him…he needs a reality check on this one!
What I find difficult to get a handle on is why atheists congregate under the banner ‘church’! Why church? At a time I thought the whole point of being an atheist was an attempt to free oneself from the rigidity of religion and sectarianism!
Now, pardon my old-fashioness: the human component of a church extends wider than a Christian congregation to include ‘any assembly dedicated to religious activities’ and religion is universally defined as ‘the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.’ Therein lies the dilemma; you do not believe in or worship a superhuman controlling power so, your endeavor cannot be described as religious yet, when you come together with like-minded fellows the assembly becomes a Church, i e, ‘dedicated to religious activities’!
A front line atheist congregation, The First Church of Atheism has a system of laity, clergymen and clergywomen! With their rising profile, we are not far from having atheist Bishops and Reverends or, would it be atheist Imams and atheist Lamas when the East catches up?
Also, supporting the concept of ‘No to faith, yes to church’ the atheist Sunday Assembly co-founder Pippa Evans in an interview said that “And when I left (Christianity) I realized it wasn’t God that I missed or Jesus, it was church. I really missed church.”
A church without faith, who knows, the Pope may not be Catholic after all?