Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world
From the article:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.
Sorry, folks but God wasn't missing, He just wasn't invited. He was ignored.
They don't bash believers but want to find a new way to meet like-minded people, engage in the community and make their presence more visible in a landscape dominated by faith.
Basically, Atheists are admitting that they are missing out on some of the most wonderful aspects of religious faith: fellowship and a sense of purpose.
As far as "not bashing believers" goes, check out these handouts:
"Born Again Humanist? "God-Less is more?" "I believe in life before death?" Nope, no jabs there.
Sunday Assembly — whose motto is Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More — taps into that universe of people who left their faith but now miss the community church provided, said Phil Zuckerman, a professor of secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont.
Sunday Assembly... sure has that "churchy" feel, doesn't it?
Wonder more... as long as you don't wander in the direction of the existence of God.
Not all atheists are excited about this movement. here's what one godless person had to say about it:
Really, Mr. Luciano? Then, how do you feel about political activist organizations like American Atheists? I guess it's OK for non-believers to join in frivolous lawsuits propagated by groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but fellowshipping on a Sunday? Bad, bad!
Personally, I'm all for Atheists gathering on Sunday mornings. If they take the idea of "wonder more" seriously, perhaps they'll begin to wonder why people desire this kind of activity. They may even take a greater leap of faith and discover that they are part of a weak imitation of something that is plainly spelled out in the Word of God:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God."
--Matthew 5:3 (The Sermon on the Mount)
God reaches out to those who understand their inborn need for Him.
Michael Luciano, Atheist blogger, wouldn't like to see an Atheist "church" open somebody's eyes to why they seek out "church" in the first place.
Keep wondering more, atheists!