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Pete Jennings BS: Church for the Godless (70* d) RE: BS: Church for the Godless 10 Jan 14

Stingsinger was correct in his first post: it's an oxymoron.

Definition of "church" from the OED (unabridged):


a building used for public Christian worship:the church was largely rebuilt at the end of the 15th century some people go to church every Sunday after church we went to a restaurant [in names]:St Luke's Church

(Church) a particular Christian organization with its own clergy, buildings, and distinctive doctrines:the Church of England

(the Church) the hierarchy of clergy within a particular Christian Church:Isobel would enter the Church as a deacon

[mass noun] institutionalized religion as a political or social force:the separation of church and state

[with object] archaic
take (a woman who has recently given birth) to church for a service of thanksgiving.


Old English cir(i)ce, cyr(i)ce, related to Dutch kerk and German Kirche, based on medieval Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (dōma) 'Lord's (house)', from kurios 'master or lord'. Compare with kirk

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