After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last?
|January 12, 2014||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Religion|
We had thought that the new atheist churches would sink under the weight of parish council squabbles over paving the parking lot (or not).
It turns out that the Sunday Assembly had a gift for schism:
In October, three former members of Sunday Assembly NYC announced the formation of a breakaway group called Godless Revival.
“The Sunday Assembly,” wrote Godless Revival founder Lee Moore in a scathing blog post, “has a problem with atheism.”
Moore alleges that, among other things, Jones advised the NYC group to “boycott the word atheism” and “not to have speakers from the atheist community.” It also wanted the New York branch to host Assembly services in a churchlike setting, instead of the Manhattan dive bar where it was launched.
Jones denies ordering the NYC chapter to do away with the word “atheism,” but acknowledges telling the group “not to cater solely to atheists.” He also said he advised them to leave the dive bar “where women wore bikinis,” in favor of a more family-friendly venue.
The squabbles led to a tiff and finally a schism …
So now they have everything a church has except God?
Oh, and at the Sunday Assemblies, they DON’T have a dive bar.
Just checkin’ in here. 😉