Greg Epstein is trying to create “congregations” of non-believers implying that atheism is another religion that needs congregating.
Isn’t this just feeding into the argument that atheism is simply another “religion”.
He isn’t asking for a “pope” of atheism – just a “gathering”… So why call this a congregation? Atheists don’t want to be seen as another religion, I don’t think. So by calling it a “congregation” and having an “atheist chaplain” there are boundaries being crossed here that only make atheism seem to be taking some moral standpoint on life.