Nearly three dozen towns around the world, including in the U.S. and France, launched their first "Sunday Assembly," also known as the atheist church, on Sunday.
According to the Sunday Assembly website, 35 towns launched new Sunday Assemblies, adding to the more than two dozen Sunday Assemblies that were already established. The group says its mission is to tackle loneliness and social isolation.
"And the world certainly needs more community: social isolation and loneliness are on the rise with 40% of US adults say they are lonely compared to 20% in the 80s and 1 in 10 UK adults say they have no close friends," the website states. "This has massive effects on society, and on the health of society with studies showing that loneliness has comparable impacts on your health as smoking and obesity, it impairs immune function and boosts inflammation and can contribute to arthritis, type II diabetes and heart disease." more >>
The church-like atheist establishment "Sunday Assembly" launched a new chapter in Rochester, New York, this month and congregants say the fellowship meets a unique need in the area.
The Sunday Assembly, an atheist church which was founded in London in 2013, held its first service inside the Rochester Academy of Science auditorium this past weekend where nearly 50 people attended.
Derrick Stein, 29, drove almost 80 miles from his home in Camillus, Onondaga County to experience the unorthodox service with his wife Danika who had been searching for a group like this for a long time. more >>
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking recently confirmed that he is an atheist who believes in science rather than God.
"Before we understood science, it was natural to believe that God created the universe, but now science offers a more convincing explanation," Hawking said in a video made public by El Mundo newspaper. "What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is we would know everything that God would know if there was a God, but there isn't. I'm an atheist."
Hawking is famous for his physiological findings and theories as well as for putting his complete faith in science rather than a higher power or God. His book, A Brief History of Time posited that there was, in fact, a God and that humans could know the mind of that God if one specific physiological theory commonly known as the "theory of everything" could be proven. However, in another book, The Grand Design, Hawking took back that theory and hypothesized that God was unnecessary for creation. more >>
North Alabama Freethought Association board member Kelly McCauley will open the Huntsville City Council meeting Thursday in a non-religious invocation after a secularist group threatened to sue the council over its tradition of Christian Prayer.
McCauley, who according to his Meetup page was confirmed in the Lutheran Church and "dropped out" at age 23, told AL.com, "My goal is to offer a non-sectarian invocation that, I hope, will lend gravity to the meeting and point to our civic values."
McCauley was invited by Huntsville leaders to give the body's first atheist "prayer" after secularist group Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about its Christian opening prayers. more >>
In an interview with a Nick Hahn, conservative columnist George Will admitted frankly that he is an atheist.
"An agnostic is someone who is not sure; I'm pretty sure," Will said. "I see no evidence of God." He recalled that his father was also an atheist, having rejected the beliefs of his own Lutheran minister father. Will himself studied religion in college but granted, "I'm an amiable, low-voltage atheist," although his wife and their children are "fierce Presbyterians."
I've enjoyed and admired Will since I was age 11, when I saw him comment on the Gerald Ford/Jimmy Carter 1976 presidential race, and thereafter read his columns religiously. Across 40 years he's remained one of the most insightful minds among U.S. commentators. He's also amiably grumpy, which often signals unbelief in a personal transcendent authority. more >>
A New Jersey high school student and her family have entered the ongoing legal battle over a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, and her family filed an official response to a lawsuit by the American Humanist Association.