My Christian friend tells me that an atheist community could never provide the support, lasting friendships, and loyalty that a church community provides. Of course, as an atheist, I disagree. However, churches have a thousand years of head start on us as we begin to form atheist groups. Broward County Florida, where I am, has several active groups and they provide some of the community activities that people crave, no matter what supernatural beliefs they have. My question is:
Is the development of a community important and what are some examples of successful groups around the country that you participate in?
If there is anything that is good about religion, it is the community, friendship and social aspect. Is it possible for atheists to develop a similar community without developing the harmful group mentality of us against them?