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Atheists and Church
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Posted 4/23/08 , edited 8/27/08
Do any atheist go to church?...®

"I don't think that they need a church. I feel like the entire city is their church" fg

How will the atheists protect themselves say from catholics?


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Example-- the fastest growing faith in America is no faith at all. And some atheist think they need a church.

There is a fact that some atheist may simply not be there to come out in the open and tell the people that they are atheist. If they are part of the family or community where attendance at religious worship is an expected norm, a person cannot avoid attending without signaling to everyone that their beliefs are no longer in sync with everyone's else's. At the very least, their attendance to traditional faith has changed: in some cases, that maybe perceived as enough to be treated as a form of betrayal or scandal. If a person reveals that they are in fact an atheist, it might be too much for some to accept. Rather than deal with so much drama and conflict, some atheist just continue to pretend that they believe and keep up appearances. What does this say about religion, it forces to lie about themselves in this way?

arguments allowed but just keep things cool. ☺
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Posted 4/23/08
Atheist doesn't really need a church... because they don't believe on a higher being..
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Posted 4/23/08
......Atheists don't even believe in God. Why the hell would they go to church lol.

Unless they're being dragged by their Christian families..
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Posted 4/23/08
Churches are worshiping places of Christians, so no. Atheists don't need a place of worship because we don't have anything to worship, or at least I don't.
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Posted 4/23/08
This topic is somewhat vague. Do you mean establish an atheist meeting place to resemble church? Or do you mean atheists going to places of religious worship?
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Posted 4/23/08
Atheists lacks belief in existence of god or gods, so i don't think they need a special place of worship.
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What does church have to do with atheists?. They sorta got no god so there is no one to worship(been mentioned already above) =) hmmm i think this topic isnt going to go very far....
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Posted 4/23/08 , edited 4/23/08

chinky_sonny wrote:


How will the atheists protect themselves from catholics?



by using the law and the idea of freedom. atheists can protect themselves just fine. after all, churches no longer have the power they once had. well, perhaps in some parts of the world. but eh.

though.. if you mean protecting themselves from a crusade or a jihad..well. atheists number in the millions. they WILL gather together to protect themselves if they are threatened.. it's no longer the period of time when only a mere 1 or 2(or even 300) atheists(and/or agnostics) live in cities or even nations. atheists may be individuals most of the time. but when it comes to threats or genocide, people(no matter who) will gather together. and unlike the Jews(holocaust thing). they will fight, they have no fear of gods(they don't think they exist, why should they fear gods?), so it's safe to assume that they have no fear of man(or woman for you feminists -__-;; ))

atheistism is not a new thing. it's even older than Christianity, i believe.
the idea won't die easily. i don't think it ever will either

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Posted 4/24/08
yeah, when they are Tricked into thinking that they are going to a gig but end up at a Christian concert instead for 3 mother effing hours! D:
Posted 4/24/08
Why do they have to protect themselves only to Catholics?
-Naturally, I think anyone could defend themselves from others.

You mean something like hideouts?

And Atheists won't even bother to go to Church cause they don't believe God.
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Posted 4/26/08 , edited 4/29/08

chinky_sonny wrote:

How will the atheists protect themselves say from catholics?


By using their brains.

I don't want a church for atheism because we don't even believe in Gods and there would be no reason to go to church. Maybe a community place for atheists to discuss stuff but not a damn church o_0
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Yes i go to church all the time. My church is known as the Church of the Almighty Glob.

New members are welcome and your membership card will be provided on payment of the yearly membership fee. Membership is free if you can convince 2 others to join up!

Come one and all, revel in the great works of the Almighty Glob!

Please note that we only accept cheques or money orders. Credit cards are not accepted. Soon you can pay using Paypal too!
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Posted 4/27/08 , edited 4/28/08
For a while, I attended a Christian church despite being an atheist. It was more or less a requirement of living with my parents; I was neither asked if I wanted to go nor allowed to stay home if they were not. All of this has changed now.

As much as I hate religion in general, I have to partly defend it here. It is not religion that forces people to lie for their own sake, but the people who employ religion as an instrument of control and, ironically, the people who care about them. After all, if you firmly believe that people are going to suffer eternally if they do not accept Jesus Christ as their savior, you might be somewhat motivated to prod those you love into doing so.

Then again, at what point do we say something "forces" another to do something? One might make the argument that he is "forced" to live a lie simply for the sake of getting money to live, i.e. having a terrible job in customer service, where he must pretend to care about the customer. Perhaps any system--social, legal, corporate, religious, etc--could be said to be "forcing" others to do something, including lying.
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Posted 4/28/08 , edited 4/28/08
They're called Atheists for a reason. Meaning they don't have a community where they could share their "religious" beliefs in like a Church, because they don't believe in a higher power. But some Atheists do go to church for certain reasons like their family, or school or something. I have an Atheist friend, and he just converted to a Catholic (agnostic) and he said that it does feel good to believe in something.
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