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Sunday opening won’t destroy the Church- but the church might destroy itself

A good article by Bryony Gordon in The Telegraph earlier this month. 

Speaking from (what seems) an atheistic perspective, longer trading hours on a Sunday will have an increasingly positive impact on family life, not the erosion that the church likes to think.

Families today would rather go to the park, enjoy a swim, play a game, and yes, perhaps visit a shop to buy the ingredients with which to cook a Sunday roast. I’m sure this will send me straight to hell, but people were held hostage by churches before the Sunday trading act of 1994. Communal worship was almost the only thing you could do on the seventh day – also known to children as the most tedious one of the week. But since then we have discovered that going to church isn’t the only way to engage in “community activities”. Look at any green public space on a Sunday and you will see it is thriving.

The Church made their criticism known after the UK Chancellor George Osbourne announced longer trading hours on Sundays. An attempt by Margaret Thatcher in 1986 failed after Tory MP’s felt it would ruin family life and church attendance. 

Do you agree with the article? Church attendance isn’t as high here in the UK as elsewhere, it would be good to hear views from other nations.

How do you spend your Sunday? 

Sunday: A day of the weak

Tomorrow, many will worship. The title of this post is not aimed to accuse anyone of emotional weakness, I know there are many out there suffering the loss of loved ones, including myself. It is aimed at those capable of thinking and opt not to.

Three Christians travelling from London asked me the question recently, Do I go to church? I was at work, so was verbally bound whilst representing a business. It wasn’t the time nor place to reply or have a deeper discussion. Not that I agree with that.

They jumped into a taxi. The floodgates opened and a wave of potential responses would have had Noah shaking in his sandals. The mental shackles were lifted and the conversation that could have been played out in imaginary dialogue. That’s the life we live. Speaking about or against religion is taboo and therefore instinctively I did not say anything. If I was outside of work? Definitely. For the next hour or so hindsight proved to be wonderful and inspired me to write about it.

You can socialbly trash-talk over who supports the best football team or listens to the best music. Why should I hold back on religion? I guess it means much more than that. The funny thing is, whichever deity you believe in, I am sure said God could squash me like a fly. God has an undeniably unfair advantage.

So, it is okay to criticise religion. If God exisits I am sure we will find this out. For those that fill to the brim with anger and offence at the thought, well, is God unable to defend himself? Why would this anger present itself without doubt of God’s existence?

If atheists are correct in the assumption that God is not governing our lives, this more than justifies the criticism. The real tragedy is the violence we see present in the world. Majorly religious with minor conviction or evidence.

So to the three Christians- do you visit a mosque? I do not visit a church for the same reason you do not visit hundreds of other religious sites or establishments. Why church? Why should a building with a steeple be first priority? Oh, because that is what you have seen growing up. The ideology you were born into. I am sorry but I can see straight through that.

I do not go to church, I also do not drive the car I first set eyes on as a child or listen to albums that I first heard. Having options are wonderful. Make the most of them.