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Building a Temple to Atheism

Temple for AtheistsWhen I say temple, you think religious place of worship right?  When I say atheist, you think one that believes there is no God.  Stay with me now, when I say religion, don’t you think about the worship of God?  Before this blog becomes a full blown say what you are thinking game, let me get to my point and then you can decide what to think!

For thousands of years people of all religious backgrounds have built temples to God providing dwelling places for those of like beliefs to gather to worship and pray.  For writer and architecture patron, Alain De Botton, it is now time for atheists to start building temples of their own.


That’s right; Botton believes that religious people shouldn’t be the only ones with beautiful buildings. He thinks atheists should also have their own versions of cathedrals and churches.   With that thought in mind he has recently announced his plans to erect a network of temples for atheists around the UK. 

To get around the notion that he would be building temples to God for people who don’t believe in God, Botton has argued that a temple can be built to anything that’s positive and good; a temple to love, friendship, calm or perspective.

The Temple to Anything Positive and Good is the first proposed temple that will rise 150 feet over central London.  According to architect Tom Greenall, the concrete tower would be built slowly over a period of years with 1 centimeter for every million years of the earth’s existence.  A gold band of less than a millimeter would be inscribed in the interior of the tower one meter from the ground to represent the short extent of human life on earth.  Greenhall said that everything below the band is the future.

So what do you think?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment baldmurph

    If he can build it out of his own pocket and those of fellow (non)believers, this Roman Catholic says: “Go for it!” We can always use another place for quiet spirituality (in a nonreligious sense) and love of grace and beauty, and it will give them a place to go besides the bar across the street when I am looking for a parking space before Mass.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Valenchia

    It’s inevitable that this happen. Keep the faith, Christians, and keep praying for the peoples of the earth. The time is coming soon.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JOSEPH MCGOOKIN

    This is a laugh when they try silence Christians when this building represents a search for GOD. Perhaps it should be a place for agnostics to contemplate the Lord’s existence, but atheists would be welcome anyway.

    atheism = my own agenda.
    agnosticism = I can do whatever that I want to do without answering, but keep GOD on the sidelines just in case.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jealous_doG

    Mr. de Botton, I enjoy a good practical joke as much as the next guy, but this is simply wasteful. For teaching our children our ideals of the critical understanding of nature, we already have universities. For appreciation of the finest scientific and cultural achievements of humanity, there are museums. And if we need to be intimidated by a symbolic man-on-our-back, there are other churches that will humor us. Your exercise in redundant extravagance is so absurd, I’m beginning to wonder if you are actually a closet theist.

    Your placement of the gold band only reinforces that suspicion. Projecting the future straight into the ground, with the end plainly in sight of visitors, is the type of stunt I previously credited only to end-times fanatics. A real atheist would demonstrate the optimism to locate it near the top floor, to show the limitless possibilities of our future.

    Out of respect for other temples’ caretakers and pilgrims, if you manage to raise your building, please fill this one only with relics symbolizing all that atheists hold in faith without proof. It won’t look as interesting on the inside, but it sure will be peaceful, and provide visitors with plenty of elbow room.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Destiny

    What exactly would they do in a temple. They don’t meditate, pray, or worship anything (except maybe the devil). So is it just a hang out spot, where social gatherings could take place. Are they just going to sit around and talk bad about everyone’s religion and how they think people are crazy for believing in a god?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tamme

    Like the tower of Babel, it will fall…not to mention that it is a colossal waste of money. If Mr. De Botton wants to make a difference, use the money to give to charity instead of trying to make a statement. In the meantime, I am praying for him and people like him, that they see the Light and realize their is a God who loves even Mr. De Botton.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bob

    Atheist should learn a good lesson from all the destruction greed and hatered that has been caused by religeous practices. they may be creating a Temple of DOOM!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment David

    Sounds like a great idea – there is no reason a sense of awe, respect and contemplation for humanity can’t be felt without the belief in a god.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jeff

    This is a great idea! We could put them right next to a chain of steak houses for vegetarians.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Steve

    It would be the temple of hell itself.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grub

    Calling it a temple for atheism is a poor choice. As others have said, the world could use more beautiful buildings but I think this sends the wrong message. Atheists do not need a temple, there is simply no need. Maybe it should be called a civic center or something of that nature. Unfortunately, I think someone is trying too hard to give atheism visibility. Be patient, the ball is already rolling.
    BTW, atheists do not worship the devil. That makes absolutely no sense. Atheism denies the supernatural and the devil is that in spades. Please stop spreading lies and stupidity.

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