February 25, 2013

Worship at the Atheist Altar

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Huffington Post

It is, so the reports say, the first atheist church in Britain. Set in a former church in Islington, hymns include Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." The altar is surmounted by an image of saintly former pop star turned physics professor, Dr Brian Cox. In place of a sermon there is a stand-up comic routine, and instead of readings from the sacred texts, there is a power-point presentation on the origin of dark matter.

It sounds terrific, though as a Jew I have to advise the organisers: If you want to flourish, make sure there are whisky and fishballs after the service. Let's be serious here: Theology is one thing, food another altogether. I also have to congratulate them on their ingenuity in introducing power-point presentations, the only...

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