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09-05-2015, 06:04 AM
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09-05-2015, 06:08 AM
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Welcome.

Atheists in church??

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09-05-2015, 07:53 AM
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(08-05-2015 06:54 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Any friend of GWG is certainly welcome here.

My sister also sings in a church choir but is an atheist...she just likes to sing.

Oh cool! So we're not the only weirdos! Smile Actually, I'm thinking of the possibility of writing a 4-part a cappella choral piece that would sound and "feel" like a worship piece, but actually be written by an atheist (me). Now that would be a bit of a coup, wouldn't it?
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09-05-2015, 07:57 AM
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(08-05-2015 07:09 PM)TheGulegon Wrote:  Wet work, huh? Confused
OH! Wet lab basic science researcher! My bad! Tongue

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09-05-2015, 08:03 AM
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(09-05-2015 07:53 AM)Lorindigo Wrote:  
(08-05-2015 06:54 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Any friend of GWG is certainly welcome here.

My sister also sings in a church choir but is an atheist...she just likes to sing.

Oh cool! So we're not the only weirdos! Smile Actually, I'm thinking of the possibility of writing a 4-part a cappella choral piece that would sound and "feel" like a worship piece, but actually be written by an atheist (me). Now that would be a bit of a coup, wouldn't it?
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Especially if it were subtly secular and skeptical. Big Grin

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09-05-2015, 09:49 AM
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(09-05-2015 07:53 AM)Lorindigo Wrote:  
(08-05-2015 06:54 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Any friend of GWG is certainly welcome here.

My sister also sings in a church choir but is an atheist...she just likes to sing.

Oh cool! So we're not the only weirdos! Smile Actually, I'm thinking of the possibility of writing a 4-part a cappella choral piece that would sound and "feel" like a worship piece, but actually be written by an atheist (me). Now that would be a bit of a coup, wouldn't it?
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That makes me think of this song, "Nothing But the Water, I" by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals:





There are a lot of elements throughout the entire album that use Christian imagery but is actually very much skeptical and NOT a Christian album - one of my all time favorites.

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09-05-2015, 10:01 AM
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(09-05-2015 08:03 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(09-05-2015 07:53 AM)Lorindigo Wrote:  Oh cool! So we're not the only weirdos! Smile Actually, I'm thinking of the possibility of writing a 4-part a cappella choral piece that would sound and "feel" like a worship piece, but actually be written by an atheist (me). Now that would be a bit of a coup, wouldn't it?
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Especially if it were subtly secular and skeptical. Big Grin

The trick is to be so subtle that no one would realize! That's the hard part. The music wouldn't even be that hard. Most hymns are actually musically very straightforward because the congregation has to "get it" immediately so they can sing along with their little indoctrination lesson.
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09-05-2015, 10:04 AM
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(09-05-2015 09:49 AM)Nurse Wrote:  
(09-05-2015 07:53 AM)Lorindigo Wrote:  Oh cool! So we're not the only weirdos! Smile Actually, I'm thinking of the possibility of writing a 4-part a cappella choral piece that would sound and "feel" like a worship piece, but actually be written by an atheist (me). Now that would be a bit of a coup, wouldn't it?
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That makes me think of this song, "Nothing But the Water, I" by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals:





There are a lot of elements throughout the entire album that use Christian imagery but is actually very much skeptical and NOT a Christian album - one of my all time favorites.

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Hmm, I'll give it a listen, thanks. The one we sang last week (can't remember the title) spoke ONLY of love, and mentioned the writer's family speaking about them and love at their funeral, but did NOT mention an afterlife. If was one I could get behind lyrically, although it was a little trite.
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09-05-2015, 04:24 PM
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(08-05-2015 06:14 PM)Lorindigo Wrote:  I came upon this site through a member (GoodWithoutGod) who was posting rather brilliantly to a Yahoo story about an arthropod fossil. Fossil stories bring out the Creationists, and of course the fun then ensues.

I have a PhD in biochemistry/molecular biology/microbiolgy. I've worked as a wet lab basic science researcher in basic biomedicine for about 20 years, although I recently turned into a VERY helpful administrator. I've been an atheist essentially all my life, and I came from a family that dutifully exposed me to church, dutifully let me make my own decisions, and then welcomed it when I showed the capacity for logical thinking instead of buying into the religious stuff.

I recently got married, and my new husband was thrilled when he met me because he thought there was something wrong with him that he didn't believe in god, and he'd never met anyone who admitted it.

Here's where it gets interesting. My husband and I attend church nearly every week because our friend is the choir director and we sing in her choir. The music is often gorgeous, even if the lyrics are silly. It's a congregational church, and as liberal as they come. We got married in it, and the first question the pastor asked us in the planning stages was, "So, do you want a secular ceremony?" She was very understanding, and oddly, we feel completely at home with the people because they're wonderfully welcoming, and never try to push the religion. Everyone seems to understand we're a little "different," and they accept us as is. So this, then, is an example of religion done right, in my opinion.

Looking forward to sharing and hearing other insights and stories!

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10-05-2015, 06:18 AM
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Thanks, GWG! I will peruse. Yahoo is often a lowest common denominator of commenters, and the news comment websites get attacked by paid ideologues. Atheists are one of the most-hated, and least trusted groups in America. To many, atheism means "no system of morals," which is clearly absurd to anyone who gets that killing and stealing and cheating are wrong for more reasons than simply because "God said so." But many people operate on a much simpler level: Don't kill anyone. Why? Because God said so and you'll go to hell. OHHHH, that makes sense.

But I shouldn't ramble here, I should find a thread, when I have time! Right now we've got just a few minutes before we have to go to...wait for it...church! Because we just got back from our honeymoon, and every one of the folks in the choir came to sing for us at our wedding. It was stunning, it was wonderful, and these people have been wonderful to us. So we'll give them a soprano and a tenor in return. Smile

See ya around the boards.
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