1st church for atheists opens Sunday
Comedians set up services, with weddings, funerals to follow
It’s believed to be the first “atheist church” and it is scheduled to hold its first “service” on Sunday in London, according to a report from The Christian Institute.
“Stand-up comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, who are behind the ‘church,’ say they like many aspects of religion but don’t believe in God,” the Institute reported yesterday.
So no problem. They’ve created plans for now for a once-a-month meeting for those who, well, don’t believe.
“We thought it would be a shame not to enjoy the good stuff about religion, like the sense of community, just because of a theological disagreement,” Jones said in a report by the Institute.
The result? “It’s part atheist church and part foot-stomping show. There will be a speaker on a theme each month but there will also be an awesome house band, which Pippa will lead. We’ll be helping people try and stick to their new year’s resolutions in the first service.”
The plans just went too far for the Rev. Saviour Grech, of St. Peter and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church.
“How can you be an atheist and worship in a church? Surely it’s a contradiction of terms. Who will they be singing to?” he said. “It is important to debate and engage with atheists but for them to establish a church like any other religious denomination is going too far.”
According to a report in the Islington Gazette, the group will meet in the Nave in St. Paul’s Road, Canonbury. Services will begin now and weddings and funerals will follow, planners said.
The comics report they will invite speakers to talk on a theme each month. Their first guest will be a children’s book author.