An Atheist church has opened in London:
Yesterday [January 6] saw the first ‘service’ of The Sunday Assembly, London’s first atheist church.
Priding itself on its tagline ‘live better, help often, wonder more,’ The Sunday Assembly is the brainchild of Sanderson Jones and musical comedian Pippa Evans, and aims to take the best things about religion and religious ceremonies, but to do it without all the god-talk. Or, as Sanderson himself has put it, it’s “a godless congregation that will meet on the first Sunday of every month to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life.”
The first ‘service’ was held yesterday morning at the deconsecrated church The Nave in north London, and featured a talk by children’s author Andy Stanton and was shaped around the theme ‘Beginnings’.
Do atheists believe in “the wonder of life” like religious people do? I thought atheists are scientific, materialist reductionists who think everything has a rational explanation. Anyway, it’s touching, though somewhat inexplicable, that some people like church as long as God is left out of it.
Here is their liturgy from the Sunday Assembly’s website:
- Welcome / notices
- Guest speaker
- Final Address
These are very low church atheists. I wonder what they sing. “Imagine,” probably. “Is that All There Is.” What else would work as atheist hymns?
HT: Tristyn Bloom