Amsterdam Church for Atheists (+ agnostics + the rest of us)http://www.meetup.com/Amsterdam-Church-for-Atheists-agnostics-the-rest-of-us/http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/c/2/0/global_308795872.jpeg20131120
“If I have seen any further, it’s by standing on the shoulders of giants”
-- Isaac Newton
“'Religions are in the end too fascinating to be abandoned to those who believe in them”
-- Alain de Botton
Now that God is dead, what inspires us to become people we want to be? How do we relate to the history and culture of our ancestors and is there anything to be learned from the ancient biblical stories that have inspired our ancestors for so long?
Come join the ‘church for Atheists (and agnostics and the rest of us)’
THE GOAL: We share life, discuss its questions and help ourselves become the people we want to be.
THE METHOD: • by using ancient biblical stories that have proven helpful in discussing life’s questions throughout our Western history, and that continue to do so even if you don’t believe in their historical accuracy. • by using an old philosophical dialogue tool (Socratic Method) to avoid ending up in endless rational discussions, but find concrete applications for here and now.
JUST TO MAKE SURE: • NO evangelism, doctrines or final answers, NO rituals, devotion or spiritual commitments, NO endless theoretical philosophical conversations BUT open group conversation, inspiration and shared effort in becoming the people we want to be. • Everybody has a unique view on life. In this MeetUp 1) we talk about stuff that has proven to be historically relevant concerning life questions, and 2) make sure that anybody is welcome, regardless of their world views and beliefs.
ABOUT ME: I’m a 25 years old, medieval Philosophy and Theology lover, but I hate irrelevant stuff. I lived in New York and Amsterdam and while I try to believe in God myself, I’m currently studying new forms of church presence in a society that got rid of God. I’m all about meaningful talks (but never without a beer) about this fascinating life that we’re all living (thought we didn’t ask for it).