Is there room in the church for the Christian Atheist or the Christian non-Theist, the Christian that doesn’t necessarily, or doesn’t believe in God at all. I’m just beginning research on this topic, and want to know what this community thinks about this issue.
I know churches are different, and as there have been different responses in the Church regarding the issue of homosexuality from total inclusion, to total exclusion and somewhere in between the two extremes. I am convinced, regarding the issue of Christian Atheism, the Church’s position will be along similar lines of total inclusion, total exclusion, and somewhere in between.
Is there space in the church for those who don’t believe in God? What about the Christian who used to believe in God, but doesn’t anymore, and what does that space look like? Would it be best if the church adopted a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach regarding Christian Atheism? Which I think is where the church is at now. There is no asking because there is a general assumption that people who are a part of a church believe in God, and what I’m saying is this assumption should not be taken for granted.
In bringing all this uip, perhaps I am trying to find a solution to a problem that does not exist, at least not yet, but I really think this is the next battle the church faces. I’ve been a Christian, involved in many different churches as a lay person, a church leader and pastoral staff for almost forty years
I’ve been a part and help lead churches through different battles, including women in ministry amd gays in the church, and I really think Christian Atheism is the next battle for the church. I think this, because I’m not special. If I think this, others think this or have thought this long before I have. What I’m wondering is how do we respond? How should the Church respond?