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Fun Friday: Atheist Temple Planned for UK’s Nonbelievers

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Author Alain de Botton has announced plans to build an Atheist temple in the United Kingdom, presumably so nonbelievers have a place to gather and share their philosophies.

Um… isn’t that what Starbucks is for?

Also, I can’t wait to see how the architect will handle this kind of project. Maybe the building can feature a giant X instead of a cross?

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.



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RosieWaitress

posted February 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm


Perhaps an ‘O’ would be more appropriate than an ‘X’?



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nnmns

posted February 15, 2012 at 11:10 am


Nicole we will miss you. Beliefnet used to be a real place to share ideas but now so many of the blogs are ruled with an iron hand by the quarter wits who write them. You were an exception.

Best wishes to you.



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Donna Newton

posted April 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm


An X is the Greek symbol for Christ.



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Ian Walker

posted January 11, 2013 at 2:50 am


Building a temple or place of worship to God, makes sense but a temple dedicated to nothing is devoid of meaning and is quite funny at the same time.



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Nick MacNeill

posted June 26, 2013 at 12:22 am


I agree with Ian: A church is a place to worship God, who we put our lives on the line for and honor as greater than life itself. A place to “discuss philosophies” would be devoid of meaning. A group of people who believe in nothing greater than themselves might as well not waste their time on such ceremony. I also can’t imagine that attendance to an atheist “church” would be extremely high each week. As for architecture, I cannot see them building a structure that is intentionally insulting to other religions, in order to maintain integrity and pure intention. Atheism is looking more and more like a religion itself, which logically it is. It is a belief that there is nothing greater than the physical, and a belief that needs to be defended just as much as theism or any other religion.



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