According to The Big Story, there has been a growth of "atheist mega-churches," to allow atheists to "meet likeminded people, engage in the community and make their presence more visible in a landscape dominated by faith" and provide "an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection."
Jones got the first inkling for the idea while leaving a Christmas carol concert six years ago.
"There was so much about it that I loved, but it's a shame because at the heart of it, it's something I don't believe in," Jones said. "If you think about church, there's very little that's bad. It's singing awesome songs, hearing interesting talks, thinking about improving yourself and helping other people and doing that in a community with wonderful relationships. What part of that is not to like?"
The movement dovetails with new studies that show an increasing number of Americans are drifting from any religious affiliation.
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