Austin Cline wrote this article last year, but it’s a great idea, so why not bring it up again during this time of Lent:
The principle behind Lent is asceticism: denying material, physical pleasures for the sake of the soul. Atheists reject Christian mythology and can turn Lent on its head by observing anti-Lent. If Christians do penance for their sins, you can rack up new “sins” by test driving new material, physical pleasures. This life is the only one we have, so expand your comfort zone by trying new things.
To hell with giving anything up!
Austin offers up a few examples of things atheists should take up this time of year: “Try a Dangerous Hobby,” “Test Your Clothing Comfort Zone,” “Experiment Sexually.” Excellent.
What other anti-Lent activities are you actively pursuing this time of year?