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Old 08-07-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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What do Atheists think about other Atheists who lead the faithful???

Atheist Ministers Leading the Faithful - ABC News
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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At least they're not Pardoners (Canterbury Tales).
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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I think it is interesting, but I think I would feel like a hypocrite if I was an atheist minister. I can't see how you can lead a Christian Church without belief.

I do think the dutch are interesting as they are trying to reinvent their church.

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Old 08-07-2011, 09:56 PM
 
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Just have them do a Unitarian service, problem solved...

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Old 08-08-2011, 02:25 AM
 
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I did watch a series on the history of the church and there was some suggestion about the Church reinventing itself. There may well be some aspect that is importance. The fact seems to be that people gravitate to religious buildings rather the local town hall and get together to light candles when they feel the need.

Without the belief in any sort of personal god, there is still that communal need which is about the community and perhaps the minister as an announcer to the string of reciters and guitar players. And even getting together inside an impressive old building to sing with organ accompaniment in a cathartic release of emotion. Yep, I can see the need and it needn't require anyone including the fellow in the white coat to believe in a mythical being or even pretend to.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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Since I reverted to Islam, needless to say I have considerable contact with "Born Again" Christians trying to lead me back to the "truth". For some strange reason, I often discover the most persistent ones, turn out to be closet atheists. My own theory is they feel guilt over presenting themselves as avid Christians when they are not. So they compensate by being overly zealous towards me. Sort of like they can justify leaving Christianity, by coaxing me back to it, they want me to be their replacement, I guess.

So far in the 6 years I been Muslim what I learned about Christian Clergymen coming to your house. If they are Catholic, tell them you don't drink and have no booze--they will leave fast., If they are Baptist, lock the refrigerator--they will leave fast, if they are Pentecostal, sit on your wife's lap until they leave.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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It makes about as much sense as the Chairman for the We-Don't-Collect-Stamps Club...
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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It makes about as much sense as the Chairman for the We-Don't-Collect-Stamps Club...
I suspect they are much more common than expected. I was just thinking of a few friends I have who I know are atheists. One is a Methodist Bishop. Several are Church pastors.
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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What do Atheists think about other Atheists who lead the faithful???

Atheist Ministers Leading the Faithful - ABC News
I feel bad for them, that they are just now coming to this realization. They are going to have a hard time going back to a regular society with no marketable skills.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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They're not ministering to atheists. They're closet atheists ministering to Christians.
"Closet Atheists"....LOL...

Atheists will of course come out of the closet as they fight for and gain more social acceptance, I hear it is becoming legal in more and more states for them to marry....
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