There’s an atheist “church” in London. It’s called The Sunday Assembly. Started by British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, the Sunday Assembly meets every month in north London at the site of a former Christian church. The church is basically modeled on a typical Christian church. The main difference between this and other churches, as the founders say, is that it does not have all the religious dogma. Instead, the aim of the church is to encourage the members and help the community:
“No matter what the subject, the goal of The Sunday Assembly is to solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a bit more whizziness into the everyday,” the group says.
1. THE IRONY OF ‘NO RELIGIOUS DOGMA’
The first irony of the atheist church is the fact that it exists at all. Since the “church” concept, which gave rise to the “church” set up is a product of religious dogma, it is rather hypocritical to have the “effects” of dogma without dogma itself. Maintaining a “dogma-less” approach to any congregational unity will guarantee nothing but the inevitable collapse of that congregation. Continue reading The Irony of the Atheist Church
You’ve probably never paid much attention to this difference, but I am persuaded that it is a notable one. Many bible teachers who have been accused of promoting moralism and social reform at the expense of the Gospel often tend to use many Old Testament examples to make their cases. On the other hand, those teachers who have been accused of promoting apathy and too much liberalism in the Christian life tend to use many New Testament passages in their sermons. This difference in emphasis could be merely coincidental, but there’s something here that cannot simply be overlooked.
THE LAW JUNKIES
Do your homework, go out and look for sermons from teachers who have been accused of teaching moralism, personal improvement and social change at the expense of the Gospel. Continue reading Moses Needs Jesus: On Law, Grace and Truth