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    Default Athiest "Church", anyone?

    I don't know what to think about this concept. All the trappings of church, but without God. Singing, dancing, preaching, and presumably, a fleecing of the flock to "support the mission", but no God.

    I've never heard of an atheist proclaiming that they "miss church".

    What are your thoughts? Can you have church without religion and God? Or are these "atheist lights", who just don't want to use the word God, but still want to celebrate some communal unity, perhaps akin to the way Buddhists get together to celebrate Buddha while claiming that they don't believe in God? (I've always thought that a little bit off -- they're just using the word Buddha as a substitute for the word God in my books.)

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    Full Definition of CHURCH

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    : a building for public and especially Christian worship
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    : the clergy or officialdom of a religious body
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    often capitalized : a body or organization of religious believers: as
    a : the whole body of Christians
    b : denomination <the Presbyterian church>
    c : congregation
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    : a public divine worship <goes to church every Sunday>
    5
    : the clerical profession <considered the church as a possible career>

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    Buddha isn't considered a godhead and nohibition's definition could use a little de-denominationalising

    You know how some immensely dishonest evolved apes like Hovind, Ham, Haggard...lot of H's there... anyway, will claim that Atheism or Science are both "religions" because they can't claim that their thing is really science?

    Yeah... I'm not in favour of starting a "Church" to go along with that. I'd rather be honest and be able to say that "no, we don't do any of the hocus pocus that you do in your sideshow each weekend".

    Particularly as some have brought up the idea that a "church" is a tax-free organization by default, so is a 501c(3) non-profit.

    Want something interesting?

    "Churches" get that tax break automatically, Buddhists temples on the other hand...

    How do you think that went over in Texas?
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    not my definition, Merriam Websters
    I fall upon the earth, and I am embraced. Water gives me life, and I spring forth into the light. My roots run deep into the earth, and I am nourished. With wind and water, light and earth, I conspire to ease your pain and heal your wounds, to bring you peace and calm your mind, to give you wisdom and truth of heart.
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