Hi there, what you is very true for most people; let's say about 90% of us are coming from religions & sects etc. The usual causes are, there is no real interaction with gods or demons unless re movies which are used as propaganda tools in a very cunning way. This is big business in action all the time. This is all to cover up the lack of any answer from the sky or outer space. So this is old news, except something very unusual has changed! what could make a huge amount of money for the non religious later on down the track. It is possible that you have done the right thing walking away from religion even though it is pretty hard to do in normal lifestyle.
I agree that there should be a place where the non-religious can congregate to share ideas. Although, I disagree with the idea of calling it an "Atheist Church" because church has a religious tone to it. Instead, I think that the place of meeting should be immediately distinguishable from a church in the looks, the set up.. just everything. The atheist churches that I've heard and seen online typically give outsiders the impression that atheism is a religion and the set-up is shockingly close to a typical Christian one. I personally don't like how they are structured but the messages are still important.
Nearly all of us are in agreement that this gathering shouldn't be called Atheist church. Sometimes we call it that to each other out of jest, but normally we call it our 'free-thinkers group'.
I was questioned about this by my Christian co-workers. One went so far as to say that it proves the legitimacy of Christianity that a group of Atheists would copy church. I told him simply that Christians don't own Sunday mornings, but the truth is there isn't any more convenient time of the week for us to meet than Sunday morning. I could also say that the main talk closely resembles a TED Talk, but the fact remains that TED Talks closely resemble church sermons. So what do we do about that?
Hi there, I would suggest if I may to call the group after names of the planets. I would not use PLUTO, as that means HADES, to the romans, the name ARTEMUS re goddess of the hunt re DIANA re MOON & the animals, or other planet names etc. What you were saying about the main talks, that is normal for it to drift that way .What may have happened in the brain structure, the childhood religious conditioning for some reason did not cripple the mental ability & alertness to the format structure of the conditioning of information based upon fear & non fact also weak evidence.
TED Talks, in my opinion, are different from church sermons because they all don't connect to one central point that everyone should follow. TED Talks are presented by people's experiences and what they think should be done about that particular subject. You don't see anything like this in a church because church sermons are basically different stories that still push the same point repetitively. Something at a non-religious congregation would bring in many more ideas and viewpoints that a typical church won't have.
I wouldn't be too concerned with the label others might apply to the meeting together of like-minded atheists. If it looks like a church to theists who cares. The important consideration is that you're gaining comfort and a means to fill a void in your life. Hopefully the trend will continue.
An "atheist church" is an oxymoron if ever I heard one.
Atheists should commune with non-atheists. We shouldn't become a mutual admiration society. Potato salad made by a fundamentalist Christian probably tastes just as good as one made by anatheist.
You don't live among Southern Baptists, do you? The choice to not commune with the non-atheists around me isn't my choice.
How is their potato salad?