Too many atheists forget that they themselves do belief. They might belief many things, like that there is no God. some belief there was a Big Bang, others have other beliefs about the beginning of this universe. They also forget that they too have services and forms of ‘worship’ though they are not called as such and do not take place in buildings to be recognised as such, though in some places we can clearly recognise straight ahead their meeting places, which are often also signalled by plates or names on the building.
In certain countries, like Belgium and Germany, they also receive working funds from the government like the other groups of beliefs, be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Laic or humanistic covenant, which they do not refuse, and as such should have to be honest for themselves to recognise to be willing to be part of a faith group.
Like many others they assemble or gather at regular intervals. They too are divided in different main groups with subdivisions of different laic thinking. You could compare it with denominations in the different churches, and by ‘churches‘ we do not mean only churches of Christian religion but also of the many other religions we have in our surroundings.
Though what we can notice is that it is only the atheist group which like some conservative evangelicals and Pentecostals, try to force their belief onto others as the only right belief. Being in the majority, those who want others to take it that there does not exist a God, often forget that the so called “freedom” they claim in their banner becomes very restricted in their way of thought, because it are just they and a few fundamentalists, who try to impose their thinking onto others as the only way of thinking to be allowed.
They should come to realize that human beings have an inner feeling of togetherness and somehow are attracted to the feeling of being part of something and needing to gather with others to keep that feeling strong. That is also the reason why we can find certain philosophers and laic thinkers finding it necessary to have regular gatherings or to have people like the atheist Sunday Assembly co-founder Pippa Evans who had to admit that when he left Christendom he realized
“it wasn’t God that I missed or Jesus, it was church. I really missed church.”
- To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
- Morality, values and Developing right choices
- Caricaturing and disapproving sceptics, religious critics and figured out ethics
- Science, belief, denial and visibility 1
- Are Science and the Bible Compatible?
- Being Religious and Spiritual 2 Religiosity and spiritual life
- We all have to have dreams
- What moves mountains? Trust!
- Blinkered minds
- Faith antithesis of rationality
- Looking to the East and the West for Truth
- God’s forgotten Word 3 Lost Lawbook 2 Modern scepticism
- Condemnation of the World and Illustration of Justification
- Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
- Faith is a pipeline
- A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
- Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.
- Everything that is done in the world is done by hope
- What do we do at the end of Christendom? (unsettledchristianity.com)
Perhaps, as the end of Christendom comes, we should look East to see what role the Church played, what role theology played, and how theologianswere shaped.The dominant narrative of the West is no longer Christian and that is a good thing.
- What if all Muslims convert into Christianity? (ireport.cnn.com)
Will there be peace on Earth?Which one of the following Christian Denomination should they choose and why?
- My Faith Evolution: The Search for Silence (thetrainofhisrobe.com)
The last few years have been a roller coaster of faith, as I explored expressions of faith like pentecostalism, calvinism, liturgy, the emergent church, postmodern Christianity, and more. Today I’m sharing how I found my place, for the time being, in the Episcopal church.
- Inside the Universal Life Church World Organization (epages.wordpress.com)
When it comes to the various denominations that have established themselves over the years, the Universalists are arguably one that is the most misunderstood. While there are some factions of the church thathave been ridiculed for their quick buck mentality when it comes to being an ‘ordained minister’, there are actually many positive attributes to the church that gets overlooked. This is especially true of the Universal Life Church World Headquarters which does not follow the path of some of the other churches in the same denomination.However, all churches have their flaws in certain regards, so it may not be surprising that some elements of a particular type of church may really stand out in the eyes of the public when the truth is that there are thousands, perhaps millions who worship in a church that offers real, direct services to its members.
- Iraqi Christians try to celebrate Christmas (politics.ie)
The Christian population of Iraq has fallen from about 1.5 million in 2003 to an estimated 400,000 in 2014. The outrages perpetrated by ISIS have caused mass flight among Iraqi Christians. And many Christians have been captured or killed
- Three-Quarters of Americans Identify as Christian (grumpyelder.com)
- About half of Americans are Protestant; a quarter are Catholic
- 19% of Americans do not have a formal religious identity
- Mormons attend religious services most frequently Princeton, N.J. — About three in four Americans interviewed in 2014 name a Christian faith when asked for their religious preference, including 50% who are Protestants or another non-Catholic Christian religion, 24% who are Catholic and 2% who are Mormon.
- Salvation – It’s Not What You’ve Been Taught VIDEO (theupsidedownworld.com)
Is salvation really about avoiding hell when you die? Yes, that’s the popular teaching we’ve all heard, but in this video I explain why this is a misunderstanding and what the truth of salvation actually is. (Hint – it’s better than you’ve been told!) Enjoy!
- Open Door Class Study of the Book of Acts: “The Acts of the New Church” (arborlawnumc.typepad.com)
The Book of Acts was written to provide a history of the early church. The emphasis of the book is the importance of the day of Pentecost and being empowered to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.
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I get it when someone says he(no gender preference meant) is an atheist! I agree with him when he says “I don’t believe in God or, gods for that matter”, he is unassailably right in stating his belief! It is only when the atheist asserts that “There is no God” that, in my mind, he has allowed his belief to get the better of him…he needs a reality check on this one!
What I find difficult to get a handle on is why atheists congregate under the banner ‘church’! Why church? At a time I thought the whole point of being an atheist was an attempt to free oneself from the rigidity of religion and sectarianism!
Now, pardon my old-fashioness: the human component of a church extends wider than a Christian congregation to include ‘any assembly dedicated to religious activities’ and religion is universally defined as ‘the…
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