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Dr. Patrick O'Reilly Speaks on Centuries of End of the World Predictions

This month Patrick O'Reilly, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UCSF, will speak to Atheist Advocates of SF about the different sorts of End Times predictions that have come and gone over the centuries. Considering that all of them have been proven wrong, how can people believe such nonsense?


The great majority of End Times predictions in the United States are Christian and rely largely on the Book of Revelation for their inspiration. Dr. O'Reilly will likely touch upon this section of the Bible as an excellent tool for cult leaders. He will speak, too, on the subject of the Rapture, which is closely tied to a belief in an approaching Apocalypse.

Our movement made the international press two years ago when we had a Rapture party and Regional Atheist Meeting (RAM) in honor of local "prophet" Harold Camping. This was his second or third prediction that the world would end, but this time he was certain about the exact moment. This talk would have been ideal at our RAM, but will still be fascinating today.

Dr. O'Reilly is past Chair of Bay Area Skeptics, and is more of an agnostic than an atheist. But he assures us that some of his best friends are atheists.

Afterwards we will go to dinner in a nearby reasonable Chinese restaurant.

When: Saturday May 11th at 3:00 PM. (Meeting will start promptly at 3:00.)

Location: Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women's Building,[masked]th (at Valencia), San Francisco

Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.

Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.

Parking: Garage at[masked]st Street (at Lexington)

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Website: http://atheistadvocatesofsanfrancisco.com/meetings.html

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, June 9th. Details to follow.

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  • Larry H.

    Patrick was very kind in rearranging his schedule in order to speak to our group with under a month's notice. I know that everyone enjoyed the talk, but some said they had trouble hearing him. The acoustics in this room are pretty bad, and I should have warned him about the problem. But let's all remember that anyone who has a problem hearing can just say something. Patrick would have been happy to accommodate.

    July 30, 2013

  • Claudia O.

    It was an interesting topic, that's why I came. I would have liked to discuss a little more why this belief has been preserved through the ages. What is the appeal?

    May 13, 2013

  • james r.

    It was very interesting and informative. But difficult to hear. (I'm glad to see it's not just MY hearing). Why do most speakers talk like it's a one on one face to face situation? If they can't speak loud enough they should use a microphone. However, I enjoyed it. Thank you, Larry.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very interesting talk, although delivered at speed and hard to hear.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thank you very much

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea!

    May 5, 2013

  • Sheldon W. H.

    Patrick is a terrific speaker, and a wonderful person. This talk will doubtless be fun and interesting!

    May 2, 2013

  • David D.

    Just today, a flock of 7th Day Adventists tried to tell me the the end is coming ... soon. I asked, "Again?"

    1 · May 1, 2013

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