Do atheism needs temple?
#1
The controversy is going on in UK over the temple to be build for atheism. The promoter Alain de Botton "wants to borrow the idea of awe-inspiring buildings that give people a better sense of perspective on life". Gurdian has published an article specifing the Dawkins opposite stand for this furistic building. What do you guys think of this?
Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them. - Ambedkar
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#2
The man has a right to his opinion and his right to voice it. But in my two cents, there is enough in nature to inspire awe and amazement. Actually speaking, we can laud and marvel at the architectural genius of the builders of the world's mosques, temples and churches!
The very concept of a temple is a place of worship and religious congregation. Why would anyone suggest an "atheist temple"? It may be a genuine call to appreciate the technological and scientific achievements of Mankind and to show us our insignificant place in the Universe, but it risks splitting the atheist community. Why risk a misunderstand?
You want to show human insignificance in the greater scheme of things while simultaneously raising scientific consciousness and dispelling religious ludicrousness?

Take a long, hard look at the Pale Blue Dot.

Peace,
Nick.
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#3
I don't think there is any need to have an "atheist temple". Temples are basically for religious gatherings. Moreover, his so called temple is actually like a grand museum of history of life on Earth. I think he does us all great disservice by calling this building a temple.
I do think that it is a great idea, at least on paper. Now, only if he would come up with a better name and description.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jan/26/alain-de-botton-temple-atheism



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#4
In my opinion, a temple for atheism is not something we should have. My reasons are:
  1. Atheism is inspired by free thinking
  2. The physical embodiment of any one person's or group's ideas might limit a person's thinking

Again, this is my opinion on this issue. Btw, have any of you read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand? If you have, this would sound very familiar.
The easiest answer to a difficult question is almost always not the right one.
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#5
I think temples are the proof of belief and they should be preserved to preserve their culture.
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(18-Apr-2012, 05:52 PM)anky2930 Wrote: I think temples are the proof of belief and they should be preserved to preserve their culture.

The question was not anything about the preservation of the architecture but rather if atheists should build temples to their "unbelief" in a deity, simultaneously depriving the connotation usually associated with religion and appreciating mankind's engineering feats.
"It's alright, I rarely meet anyone who's able to read it properly. Although personally, I never thought that it to be an odd of a name. Once I give people the pronunciation, they tend to remember my name by easily associating me with it. A unique face, a unique moniker."
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(19-Apr-2012, 12:04 AM)nick87 Wrote: The question was not anything about the preservation of the architecture but rather if atheists should build temples to their "unbelief" in a deity, simultaneously depriving the connotation usually associated with religion and appreciating mankind's engineering feats.

Too often, veneration is misconstrued as a pre-requisite for conscientious heritage conservation. As Dr. Kamath explains, freethinkers can be discerning tourists without being pilgrims and at the same time can continue to be strident critics of the unsavoury goings-on in 'temple-casino complexes'. We are not rabid iconoclasts, but are well within our rights to ask of our compatriots, "Don't we have more shrines than we need?"

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#8
I think we do have temples for rationalists and freethinkers in other words atheists. The universities, colleges, laboratories, factories and above all human mind are all temples for atheists though a temple like the one Howard Roark builds in Ayn Rand's Fountainhead is something I would certainly pay for if I had money.
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#9
Beat them at their own game is what I say. Simple-minded people may not be able to appreciate complex challenges that science poses to their faith. But some of them could be slowly initiated to that line of thinking. What's wrong with a building (call it a museum or a temple) that helps gently put across the concepts of humanism and rational thought? Besides, wouldn't it be nice where like-minded people congregate peacefully and discuss ideas without fearing persecution?
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#10
I'd beg to differ. IMO in the event that a religious/irreligious congregation within a particular area tends to become particularly large in size, then organizing regular meetups may be difficult in terms of space constraints and the community may benefit if it has its own temple/church principally for this purpose. Such structures may also attract people as well but again this may have some cons too. it need not be overly elaborate and an unnecessary waste of funds that could better be spent for example for humanitarian/philanthropic services.

the social aspects rather than the theological crux/spirituality of religious congregations contribute significantly to happiness of its members as demonstrated in this excellent article "Religion, social networks, and life satisfaction" by Lim and Putnam. http://scholar.google.co.in/scholar?cluster=5880574138649514026&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&as_vis=1

so anything that would facilitate this may be welcome.
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