After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last? – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs

The central idea was attractive enough. The Assembly described itself as a secular urban oasis, where atheists could enjoy the benefits of traditional church – the sense of community, the weekly sermon, the scheduled time for reflection, the community service opportunities, the ethos of self-improvement, the singing and the free food – without God. I liked the vibe and the slogan: “Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More.”

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Save The Readers! A Defense Of “Deep Reading” « Annie Murphy Paul

“Deep reading”—as opposed to the often superficial reading we do on the web—is an endangered practice. Its disappearance would imperil the intellectual and emotional development of generations growing up online, as well as the perpetuation of a critical part of our culture: the novels, poems and other kinds of literature that can be appreciated only by readers whose brains, quite literally, have been trained to apprehend them.

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