Part of the allure of organised religion is the sense of community it boasts, individuals gathering once a week to dialogue their lives, bible, deity ect. My question is should the atheist community also benefit from these tactics? Studies have shown that individuals (particularly young impressionable teens) feel a sense of belonging when part of a group… would it be wrong to take advantage of this like religious sects have? A common concern may be that individuals may attend to follow “the crowed” but if in the preparation of these gatherings a conscious effort to educate and encourage critical thinking was undertaken, would it be so wrong to steal the Christians dirty tactics?
Personally I thought most atheists would agree that weekly meetings with like-minded individuals sounded ideal but after briefly mentioning it to a fellow atheist friend I was deterred, what are your thoughts on this matter?
Whoa, hold on. How is having a weekly meeting "stealing Christian tactics"? Are book clubs "stealing Christian tactics"? How about sports teams? Knitting circles? Drama clubs?
It's just holding a meeting. Attempting to make it sound all edgy and subversive by "steal[ing] the Christians dirty tactics" is just going to unnecessarily demonize it, especially in a school setting.
Try the local bar. Should be easy to find people there who don't want to go to church.
Perhaps Gabriela you might be interested in looking into the Humanist organization.They are atheists but seem to be support a more social connection.