Monday, January 13, 2014

Atheist Church Experiences Schism

Apparently Sunday Assembly isn't atheist enough for some:

Last fall, Jones and Evans embarked on a mission to spread their godless assembly to cities around the globe. They traveled throughout the U.K., Ireland, Australia, Canada and the United States, including stops in Los Angeles and New York.

“Our vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one,” their website states.

However, according to a CNN report this week, three members of the New York Sunday Assembly decided to break away from Jones and Evans and launch their own “denomination” so to speak, called The Godless Revival.

Founder Lee Moore reportedly accused the founders of Sunday Assembly of having “a real problem with atheism,” asserting that he was advised to refrain from using the word “atheist,” not to feature atheist speakers and to host the meetings in a more family-friendly location other than the local dive bar.

I find the name of the denomination a little ironic.

"Revival" means bringing faith back to life. There's nothing to bring back to life with atheism.

Have you noticed how atheism borrows a lot from religion (particularly Christianity) to legitimize their movement?

If you really hated religion, wouldn't you shun everything associated with it? Why would you call your group a Church, a denomination or a revival? It's like Christianity without God.

Why not a Saturday group? Why not call it a shul?

It suggests that maybe Christianity wasn't as bad or wrong as they make it out to be.