The first comedian-founded atheist church in England is set to hold its first monthly service tomorrow. Pippa Evans (a “musical improv comedian”) and Sanderson Jones (just a regular talking comedian) came up with the idea together.
“We thought it would be a shame not to enjoy the good stuff about religion, like the sense of community, just because of a theological disagreement,” said Mr Jones, who recently became the first person to sell out the Sydney Opera House by personally selling all tickets by hand.
The image of Sanderson Jones selling Sydney Opera House tickets “by hand,” presumably while standing outside the building itself on the night of each performance, trying to talk passers-by into coming inside, is almost unbearably charming. Not to mention the fact that he refers to the differences between Christianity and atheism as a “theological disagreement,” like a Lutheran discussing font etiquette at a garden party.
Jones called it “part atheist church” and “part foot-stomping show” that will meet once a month. Tomorrow’s service features guest lecturer Andy Stanton, author of the Mr. Gum children’s books.
As an atheist whose main recollections of any religious ceremony has been the overwhelming boredom of the occasion I can’t help feeling the appropriate response might be to say “You don’t need God to be bored.” However from the description this idea of an atheist church seems little more than a twist on Robin Inces 9 lessons and carols. Or to put it another way an interesting PR twist for a monthly comedy event.
The event has already attracted controversy with internet atheists declaring “not in my name” but this atheist says good luck to them.