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The British atheist Sanderson Jones is a founder of the Sunday Assembly "atheist church" movement.[1]

The Sunday Assembly "atheist church" movement was founded in 2013 by the British secular humanists and comedians Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones (see also: British atheism).[2] In 2014, it was reported that there was a schism in the movement as far as whether or not they should use the word "atheist" in their movement and/or whether they should just cater to atheists.[3] See also: Atheist factions

Decline of the Sunday Assembly movement

See also: Decline of the atheist movement

In 2019, The Atlantic reported about the Sunday Assembly movement:

Sunday Assembly has reported a significant loss in total attendees over the past few years—from about 5,000 monthly attendees in 2016 to about 3,500 in 2018. The number of chapters is down from 70 three years ago to about 40 this year.[4]

Ritualistic atheists

Stain glass depiction of the Apostle John. See also: Atheists and church attendance

See also: Atheist art and Atheist music and Atheist poetry and Atheism and architecture and Argument from beauty and Atheism and loneliness and Atheism, rites and rituals

The Christian Post reported:

In a new study of the various types of nonbelievers, researchers from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga say "one of the most interesting and unexpected" types they examined is the "ritual" atheist or agnostic, who finds some value in religious teachings and practices.

Those who fall into this category, according to the researchers, are nonbelievers who may have a philosophical appreciation for certain religious teachings, who like being part of a community, who want to stay in touch with their ethnic identity or who simply find beauty in certain religious traditions, symbols or rituals.

"The implication of this particular typology is that you could be sitting next to somebody in church right now who may, in fact, not buy into the theology that the rest of the congregation buys into," said principal researcher Christopher F. Silver in an interview with The Christian Post.[5]

See also: Atheists and church attendance and Atheism and loneliness

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