Friday, January 27, 2012

Atheists to Build Tower to Unbelief in London

The Guardian is reporting that atheist Alain de Botton wants to build a tower to unbelief.

Plans to build a £1m "temple for atheists" among the international banks and medieval church spires of the City of London have sparked a clash between two of Britain's most prominent non-believers. The philosopher and writer Alain de Botton is proposing to build a 46-metre (151ft) tower to celebrate a "new atheism" as an antidote to what he describes as Professor Richard Dawkins's "aggressive" and "destructive" approach to non-belief.

Hmm, now where have I read something like this before?


  1. There is also this article-- with pictures!

  2. Are we not the funniest species on earth?

  3. Given the secular mindset of post-Christian Europe this makes a lot of sense. The issue that the church now faces in this cultural ethos is figuring out ways to engage atheistic people. My hunch is that the Church's methodology need not consist of beating atheists over the head with concepts of belief in hopes to counter their unbelief. Rather, we should allow people to experience their unbelief as being the very soil for life to emerge.

    When I read about things like this I like to ask why the church so afraid of unbelief. I think it is because it exposes our sense of unbelief. Most Christian's today, I would argue, are atheists. For many Christian's their atheism is not an "intellectual" atheism, but rather an "existential" atheism. We affirm many things mentally but we fail to affirm them at the core of our being.

    Until we understand this dynamic we will always scapegoat the atheist. We do this so that we do not have to face our own sense of unbelief. If Christian's would have the courage to embrace their own unbelief we would see that we are not all that different from atheists.

  4. @ Bryan "To believe is human, to doubt divine."

    1. :-) Good ooooooooolllllllllllll' Peter Rollins.