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  •  Apples and oranges (0+ / 0-)

    That's kind of an apples and oranges comparison. Atheism isn't a movement or institution in the same way as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, or Neopaganism. It's more similar to vegetarianism and pacifism, ideas that developed independently in multiple cultures via different theories.

    That said, certainly atheist groups including Ethical Culture, UU Humanism, Secular Judaism, and a new wave of congregational groups have an explicit focus on community building.  Unfortunately the response when atheists organize humanist and interfaith communities is generally skeptical or hostile.

    •  My point is that a side-benefit of membership in (1+ / 0-)
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      a church is membership into a community.  Heck, wasn't there a survey that 1/4 or so of the people attendant at church functions don't believe but stick around for the community.  The problem is - when you ditch the religion you also lose the community functions.  Atheism isn't a spiritual movement, but a church is a also community function.  You leave the church because the magical mumbo-jumbo has lost its appeal and 2000 year old tales-of-the-desert don't seem to inspire, well, you also lose the church picnic....

      To any wingnut: If you pay my taxes I'll give you a job.

      by ban48 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:47:13 AM PDT

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