Have you heard about the hip new thing in spirituality? The atheist church. I know -- talk about your oxymorons. It seems to me to be “deeply superficial,” as the late great Andy Warhol once said about himself. Seriously -- what the heck are they worshipping?
The movement is called Sunday Assembly and was founded by Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans as a way to “meet likeminded people, engage in the community, and make their presence more visible in a landscape dominated by faith.”
I have absolutely nothing against Sunday Assembly. Their motto is Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More -- which I think it great philosophy for life. I try to live like that every day. Some days it’s easier than others.
But what I think is interesting about this movement is that it proves the existence of God in my mind.
More people are leaving behind traditional organized religion than ever before in modern history. According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a full 20 percent of Americans claim no religious affiliation. That’s up from 15 percent from just five years ago.
But it seems that there’s a great yearning in our souls to be part of something bigger -- a part of the community. People want a place where they feel like they can belong, and celebrate worship something together. Even if that something is nothing.
Our hearts and minds want order in our chaotic lives and in the universe, and the fact that we have those longings leads me to believe that a creator placed them in us. That’s why I don’t believe in true atheism. I know there are atheists probably shaking their fists at the computer screen right now, ready to tell me how wrong I am. Go for it. You’re entitled to your opinion just I’m entitled to believe that everyone has, at some point or another, wondered where all of this came from. Once you start wondering where it came from, you’ve acknowledged that it had to come from somewhere.
So why do we have this unquenchable desire as humans to relate to one another? To understand not only the hows of things, but the whys? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is karma such a bitch? Why, why, WHY?
I think it’s to find deeper meaning in life -- and if there were no God, there’d be no deeper meaning. There would be nothing more to understand. We’d say, “Oh, that’s interesting,” and move on about our lives, not giving a whit about a deeper meaning or a greater connection to our fellow planet-mates.
But we question things and we seek answers and we gather together -- even in atheist churches.
Do you believe in God?
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