Any recommendations on Atheist Community Groups & Events?

April 7, 2007 at 10:03 am 2 comments

GroupsI’ve been pondering Mystery of Iniquity’s blog on de-conversion.com, “Cultural Christianity,” for a little over a week.

In her blog, she wrote on her journey from fundamentalism to what she labeled “cultural Christianity”:

I had merely traded my fundamentalism for cultural Christianity. What being a cultural Christian means is that I love being part of the church because of the close friendships I usually found there and have developed over the years. I love bible study because it feeds my natural curiosity and autodidactism. I love singing in the choir especially since there is no other opportunity to sing in my community. I love church activities like community potlucks and garage sales, and all the mundane tasks associated with keeping the church going. It hit me all of a sudden that I was trying to fill needs that the larger human community failed to do! Unfortunately, the price you pay for all this close community is the loss of intellectual integrity.

She concluded her blog with with this thought-provoking statement:

… This being so, I grow increasingly uncomfortable in the community I once loved. I no longer fit. Therefore, I seem to be clinging tenaciously to the forms, but the meaning I so heavily imbued into these rites and rituals is gone. Hopefully, with the help of the wonderful atheists, agnostics, and humanists I’ve met on the way, I can finally let it go and replace those dead rituals with actual living. (emphasis mine)

I recently did an internet search on “atheist groups” and found the following 3 sites:

  1. Atheists Meetup Groups
  2. The Atheist Alliance Member Organizations
  3. American Atheists Affiliated Groups

Have you participated in any events sponsored by these groups? If so, what are your experiences and recommendations?

Are there other groups out there?

– Agnostic Atheist

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  • 1. KC  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:02 am

    I’m not sure we’re you’re at but there’s a Church of Freethought here in Houston and it’s parent church is in or around Dallas. We’ve been a few times and found it enjoyable.

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  • 2. agnosticatheist  |  April 8, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    KC,

    Thanks for the link. Can you expand for me a bit on what they actually do at a meeting? I’m curious.

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Agnostic Atheism Wager

Whether or not you believe in God, you should live your life with love, kindness, compassion, mercy and tolerance while trying to make the world a better place. If there is no God, you have lost nothing and will have made a positive impact on those around you. If there is a benevolent God, you will be judged on your merits and not just on whether or not you ignored the lack of evidence of his/her existence and blindly believed.

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