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atheist religious services

  1. Implicit Cogito profile image56
    Implicit Cogitoposted 8 years ago

    chris hitchens came to town to give a talk about his new book.  while there, i saw some curious things from the masses of atheists and agnostics in attendance.  i tried to make sense of it, and it kept coming to mind, repeatedly, that i was attending a religious service.  i'm not saying just to be incendiary, it really sort of fits!

    bonafide religious rituals:
    people came to listen to a person preach (yes, hitchens preaches)
    wearing themed atheist and agnostic t-shirts
    telling anti-theist jokes and anecdotes
    laughing at said jokes and anecdotes, even remarkably un-funny ones
    scoffing audibly when theists revealed themselves

    this sounds like organized religion to me.  look at the facts:  you have individual and corporate celebration of identity, ritualistic behaviors and discourses which grant people a sense of unity and power beyond themselves.

    and no, religion does not necessarily imply a deity.

    1. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      But it does
      Religion means, to gather under a belief.
      You need a God to found a belief. It can be God, Barbie or the Spaguetti Monster. It doesn't matter

      and gathering to hear some agnostic speech, doesn't make the audience religious.
      It's like saying everybody attending a door to door tupperware sales speech, is religious. lol

      1. Implicit Cogito profile image56
        Implicit Cogitoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        you don't need a god to found a belief (you can easily found beliefs on past experiences, what you read in the paper, etc.).  you would, however, need a god to found a belief in a god, but that's a moot point.

        1. tantrum profile image61
          tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Everything can be a 'god', as long as you are stupid enough to believe in it.

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            lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            lol  Your killing me girlfriend or can I say killing in this dead, I mean thread lol

            1. tantrum profile image61
              tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              lol hi lyrics! How's it going ??

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                lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                just loving this, what's the topic? Sex or drugs? lol

                1. tantrum profile image61
                  tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  sex & drugs in the atheist's religious services ! lol

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    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    They're just phonies looking to start a fight.

  3. Rayalternately profile image60
    Rayalternatelyposted 8 years ago

    No-one 'knows' what happens when we die. If we can accept that as fact, our suppositions of what does or doesn't happen are therefore 'beliefs', be they for or against an afterlife of any description.

    So given this logic, atheism is a belief system in the same way that (for example) Catholicism is, in that there is a firm and rigid belief in what does or doesn't happen once the evidence runs out.

    There may be a distinction between atheists and agnostics that you've glossed over that you might want to consider. Agnostics are not necessarily 'floating voters', to borrow a phrase. They could believe largely in favour of any denomination of the church, atheism, or religion with a small r, but still have doubt whether they're right (which defines them as agnostic).

    If we are to draw a distinction between gatherings of atheists as opposed to acknowledged religious groups, there seems to be less fervour and more logical thinking as opposed to blind faith in the rhetoric of the former.

    I try to maintain an open mind but I suspect this thread will degenerate into argument all too fast before much actual debate occurs. Nevertheless, I wish you luck with it and as I realise this site doesn't have a great record for actual debate on this subject matter, I'll stop writing now as I'm wondering why I started.

    1. Implicit Cogito profile image56
      Implicit Cogitoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      i share your suspicions about where this thread will be going in the near future (chaos), but thanks for stopping by.

      i expected to sit through and observe more logical thinking and less fervour at the hitchens talk.  what i ended up observing was more or less an unruly mob, very much caught up in the experience of unification under common belief (even if just for one night).  hitchens, himself, is full of religiously themed rhetoric and logical fallacies (particularly ad hominem), and his supporters consistently cheered him on when he berated mother teresa, the catholic church, all sects of islam, mormons, and so on.

      truly an odd experience, sitting through that.

  4. rmcrayne profile image96
    rmcrayneposted 8 years ago

    Plenty of agnostics and atheists are members of UU churches and attend services with wiccans, pageans, homosexual Christians and others looking to fellowship without judgement.

  5. mistywild profile image60
    mistywildposted 8 years ago

    the title of this post doesn't even make sense.

    1. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol
      nothing makes much sense in the religion forum.

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        lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lol

      2. mistywild profile image60
        mistywildposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        too true

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    I'm totally unorganized, should work on that hmm:

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      lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      like bad jokes too hmm:

  7. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    This looks like it's going nowhere fast. lol

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      lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      or inwards slow lol

    2. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If the topic is atheist's religious services, it has to go nowhere.
      that's pure logic ! lol

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        lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        what's logic tantrum?hmm:

        1. tantrum profile image61
          tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          logic is what tells me when to leave a thread.
          goodbye !! big_smile

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            lyricsingrayposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            ditto big_smile

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    Am I allowed in here since I am unorganized hmm: ?

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

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  10. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    ygm

 
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