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Atheists in church
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Atheists in church
I was reading a testimonial on another forum about a long time Christian who eventually became an atheist and left their church, but missed the community of people.  It got me to thinking, is there some justification for us as atheists to continue to be a part of a church body but as an open atheist?  The community of people can be a nice thing and isolation only creates ignorance for Christians who see atheists as monsters.  If they new they had like twelve of them in their church, perhaps they would be more understanding, especially if they knew us well and understood our way of thinking.  I'm quite certain there are people attending most churches who have significant doubts and possibly many who are closet atheists.

I remember as a child there were stories about a guy who attended the 1st Baptist Church in my town who would sleep through sermons and interrupt and do other mildly obnoxious things.  People said he was an atheist and we would all gasp with horror.  I never learned the truth about those stories and for all I know they could have been urban myths.  But now it makes me wonder.  I could be that guy sitting in the pews, though I wouldn't interrupt or sleep.  I would debate with Christians and they would try their best to convert me.  But we would still be friends and perhaps they wouldn't fear the word "atheist".
Why is it so?
~Julius Sumner Miller
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#2
RE: Atheists in church
There are other nonreligious communities he could join, like chess club, or astronomy club, or similar.
teachings of the Bible are so muddled and self-contradictory that it was possible for Christians to happily burn heretics alive for five long centuries. It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas). Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews, and witches. - Sam Harris, "Letter To A Christian Nation"
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#3
RE: Atheists in church
At the Church where I used to attend Mass, if you announced to the other people in the pews that you were an atheist, the other people would be very likely to inform the staff of what you said, and you would then be escorted out of the building.
"Imagination, life is your creation."
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RE: Atheists in church
(September 15, 2021 at 9:14 am)Fake Messiah Wrote: There are other nonreligious communities he could join, like chess club, or astronomy club, or similar.

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#5
RE: Atheists in church
Only if it means you' ll get some nookie.



Otherwise - why bother?
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RE: Atheists in church
(September 15, 2021 at 9:24 am)Ahriman Wrote: At the Church where I used to attend Mass, if you announced to the other people in the pews that you were an atheist, the other people would be very likely to inform the staff of what you said, and you would then be escorted out of the building.

That's bullshit.
 “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ~Albert Einstein                                                 
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RE: Atheists in church
(September 15, 2021 at 9:30 am)arewethereyet Wrote:
(September 15, 2021 at 9:24 am)Ahriman Wrote: At the Church where I used to attend Mass, if you announced to the other people in the pews that you were an atheist, the other people would be very likely to inform the staff of what you said, and you would then be escorted out of the building.

That's bullshit.
You mean, "bullshit" as in, it's not true? Because it is true, that's what they told us to do.
"Imagination, life is your creation."
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RE: Atheists in church
Totally believable bullshit....

I know gay people who got tossed from a formerly Methodist church... Whern they split from the.Methodists they told an openly gay man not to come back under threat of tresspass laws....several left..

Pretty fucked up...
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#9
RE: Atheists in church
Church is ultimately a ritual, a ritual with a purpose, say salvation or becoming better people. To engage in that ritual without engaging in the purpose would be like cooking a meal even though you do not intend to eat simply because you find interacting with pots and pans and measuring cups soothing.

It also occurs to me that there is something questionable about "being a part of a community" that is different than being a part of a group of strangers on a bus, or of a group of people waiting in line at a store. I'd want to be clear about what that added part that makes being a part of a group of people into "being a part of a community" and whether I was comfortable with whatever is added. It would seem that relationships are part of what is added, and part of relationships is mutually agreed upon expectations. Would I want to adopt and honor those expectations, or would I be abetting an aspect of religious privilege by doing so?
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RE: Atheists in church
(September 15, 2021 at 9:38 am)Ahriman Wrote:
(September 15, 2021 at 9:30 am)arewethereyet Wrote: That's bullshit.
You mean, "bullshit" as in, it's not true? Because it is true, that's what they told us to do.

"They" had bouncers at your church?

You do realize that some of us are ex-Catholic so you should really work a little harder to make your stories believable.
 “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ~Albert Einstein                                                 
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