Atheists Who Love Church

[From the archives.]

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Atheists in the UK are gathering for something that looks an awful lot like a worship service. 300 people met on a Sunday, sang songs together, and repeated the phrase “Live better, help often, wonder more”, along with two minutes of silence to reflect on “wonder”. Sounds almost like a prayer for those who think they have no one to pray to.

Why would they bother? Because, as the writer of Ecclesiastes said, “He has also set eternity in the human heart.” They can’t help themselves.

The article makes similar points, and asks whether these people have really thought through what they are doing. For me, the gathering reminds me of what Jesus said about how we always want to serve somebody, God or something less than God.

Is that gathering a start for those who are not yet believers in Jesus? I don’t know.

But if they’re not careful, they might just end up Christians.

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Bob Dylan, Serve Somebody

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4 Responses to Atheists Who Love Church

  1. Jeannie says:

    In Life of Pi, Pi (who is exploring all the major faiths) says, “atheists are my brothers and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them — and then they leap.”

  2. keriwyattkent says:

    Interesting. I believe God puts a longing for himself in each human heart. Some of us put up barriers to avoid dealing with that longing, and some of us (like these atheist friends) express the longing in ways they don’t even fully understand. To me, these folks are on a journey: asking, seeking, knocking. Jesus tells us they’ll find, eventually. Great post. And adding a Dylan track is icing on the cake.

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