posted on Nov, 11 2013 @ 08:47 PM
It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a
reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.
Dozens of gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors are springing up around the U.S. after finding success in Great
Britain earlier this year. The movement fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians is no joke.
If this is such a great thing. Why do I feel like atheism is being co-opted, religionized, put in a box, and labeled, so it can be stereotyped, and
put on a shelf? Don't get me wrong. I'm all for atheists coming out of the closet, and being honest about what they don't believe. I'm also for people
coming together and putting aside the division that permeates our society, but do we really need an atheist "church"? What next? Door to door
proselytizing? Putting flyers on peoples cars? Inviting people to our Sunday meetings? Maybe we can make the Christians that visit our church sit in
Does this picture look familiar? It does to anyone who has been to a protestant church service.
That impulse, however, has raised the ire of those who have spent years pushing back against the idea that atheism itself is a religion.
"The idea that you're building an entire organization based on what you don't believe, to me, sounds like an offense against sensibility," said
Michael Luciano, a self-described atheist who was raised Roman Catholic but left when he became disillusioned.
"There's something not OK with appropriating all of this religious language, imagery and ritual for atheism."
But hey. Who am I to judge these folks. If they're enjoying themselves. I think it's great. But I also think they aren't going to like the end result.
If atheists thought they were stereotyped before, they haven't seen anything yet.
edit on 11/11/2013 by Klassified
edit on 11/11/2013 by Klassified because: ETA