A new leaflet aimed at boosting sales for charity is to be launched by a Christian organisation to help people overcome the “challenges of being an atheist” and overcome “spiritual confusion”.
The new leafleting, which is being promoted by the National Secular Society (NSS), will use the term “Atheist Church” in place of the name of the church and ask people to answer “yes” or “no” questions about their faith.
The organisation has been working with Christian groups to promote the leaflet for several months, and is using it to spread the word to potential converts.
“Our aim is to get people to see that they don’t have to be a member of a religion for anything to be beneficial, and that there are many paths to the same things,” said the Rev Richard Taylor, the group’s director of outreach and communication.
“It can be as simple as asking what a church is, or asking how a person who doesn’t believe in God can be part of a church.”
He added: “There’s a lot of uncertainty out there, so we want to make sure people understand there are different paths, and they can be a part of it, even if they don ‘rebel’ to any of it.”
The leaflet will also feature a message from the founder of the organisation, John Piper, explaining that he and his wife were converted to Christianity at the age of 17 and then later moved to Britain.
He said: “It took a while for us to realise that we didn’t really have any other options but to go to the church.”
It helped us to come to terms with what we were, and we’ve never been religious.
“We’ve just been very grateful for the support that’s been given to us.”
“Atheism is not something we are interested in.
It’s something that people can do.”
The leafleter has also included a link to an online video explaining that it is a fun, fun and fun way to promote atheism.
“Our goal is to give you the tools you need to get to know the atheist community, to connect with the atheist world and to make a decision whether to be an atheist or not,” it reads.
There is also a link on the website to a website with information on other charities offering “religious training”.
However, the NSS says the leafleters purpose is not to promote religion or atheism, but rather to help Christians overcome the challenges of being a “non-believer” and “spiritually confused”.
“We are really trying to get out the message that people who have come to a conclusion about their own faith or atheism can change it if they’re in contact with people who are,” Mr Taylor said.
A spokesperson for the National SPCA, which runs Christian services for the disabled, said: “As a charity we’re keen to make our services as inclusive as possible, but we also want to help anyone who wants to help.”
This leaflet is a great example of how we are working to help those who have experienced some form of spiritual confusion.
“While we recognise that not everyone in our community will agree with us, it’s vital that we’re able to offer our services to people who do.”
In the spirit of good neighbourliness and caring, we want every member of our community to feel that they are welcome and are loved.