The ‘net is a church for us atheists
Say the people who have a real church
Do they just use the phrase to annoy us in ways?
Other metaphors work, if you search:
The ‘net is a pub, or a forum,
Or a stadium where we compete,
Or a library, say, or a worldwide café
Or a park where, as friends, we can meet.
There are churches aplenty in meatspace
Fancy cages from which we’ve been freed
It’s a meeting-place, yes, but for me, I confess,
Other places can best fill that need.
CNN’s Belief Blog has an annoying article up, “Where was God in Aurora?” comments show internet as a church for atheists.
The Internet has become the de facto global church for atheists, agnostics and other doubters of God, who of course don’t have bricks-and-mortar churches in which to congregate.
We see this phenomenon in motion every day on the CNN Belief Blog, where atheists/agnostics/humanists are among the most zealous commenters.
I didn’t realize that the function of a church was as a place to come and comment. I’ve been preached to (back in my church-going days), but I don’t recall once where, in the middle of a service, a debate broke out.
The internet is not an atheist’s church. The notion that “a place where people congregate” is automatically a church, shows a serious lack of imagination. I’ve spoken (not as Cuttlefish) at pub meeting groups, I’ve met in libraries and bookstores and cafes, (and bookstore cafes). I’ve congregated with other like-minded people… at sporting events, concerts, plays, lectures, and conventions. None of these things have been in the remotest sense religious (the closest, I’d say, would be some of the sporting events).
And of course, the internet has no shortage of religious sites, nor religious commenters. Some days, it seems that perhaps the only reason that Belief Blog has such a high percentage of atheists, is that the religious believers are out polluting all the news and opinion sites with their comments. (I know full well, though, that I actively seek out such sites, so my sample may well be biased… frankly, as biased as Belief Blog’s observations.)