A Vacation Bible School for Atheists, or at Least Their Version
I totally believe in freedom of religion and that people have the right to choose who they worship or who they do not worship. I for one believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. I try my best to walk in that path on a daily basis. I do my best to keep my son on that path as well and part of that is Vacation Bible School-VBS, every summer.
Vacation Bible School for most churches is a one week event to where the kids get to go and learn about God in a fun environment with a theme. They get to do crafts, activities, snacks and they learn about the Bible, God, and leading a Christian Life. Some churches have their VBS during the day, and some in the evening.
Anyway, where am I going with this blog? Well, I ran across an article about new camps available for atheists. It is, well, VBS for non-believers.
According to an article in the Washington Post:
Perhaps one should begin with what these campers believe in. They believe in critical and creative thinking. They believe in mutual respect and living ethically. They believe in arts and crafts. But here in a wooded national park south of Manassas, under shade trees and American flags and the mosquito haze of a swimming hole, they do not believe in God.
Camp Quest Chesapeake is a summer camp for atheists. Or the children of atheists. Plus: agnostics, secular humanists, freethinkers and other self-identified members of the non-religious community. This summer is the camp’s first appearance in the Mid-Atlantic — the second-largest launch in Camp Quest history.
Again, I believe in the freedom of religion, and the person has a right to choose what they believe in. However, a part of me is sad, because God has given us so many beautiful things and I cannot imagine a world without God or a world where I don't believe in God.
I guess every religion or non-religion needs their own VBS to go to sometimes?