My husband hates Sundays because he thinks of work all that day. It ruins one of his two days off. He loves Holiday weekends, like this last one, because that extra day jars him out of his typical schedule and this allows him to be “big picture.” Thinking of things from a high-up perspective rejuvenates and inspires him. It’s a drink of water at the end of an often arid week of details.
Church on Sunday is an opportunity for even the most practical among us to reflect on the big picture. Now, you might tell me you can, instead, take a walk in the woods, meditate, go running, read your bible in bed, or discuss life’s purpose over breakfast with your spouse. But church, in addition to serving as a place to reflect on the meaning of our brief existence, is a communal experience.
I believe that God’s essence (spirit? purpose? definition?) is embedded in relationships with fellow human beings. And not just the ones you hand pick to enter your life.
So here is a place, whose primary purpose is to bring together a group dedicated to thinking about the meaning of life (in a semi-unified way) and then exploring the ramifications that higher meaning has on day-to-day living with fellow humans. So it not only serves as place to define and discuss ideology, but also a supportive community and testing ground of the ideology’s application.
This all seems like a good thing. Does (can) society replicate this in a secular way?