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New Meetup: Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe

From: Don W.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 2:49 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The DC Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe

When: December 6,[masked]:30 AM

Jewish Primary Day School (JPDS)
[masked]th St NW
Washington, DC 20011

Greg M. Epstein, Humanist Chaplain, Harvard University will be speaking on his book:

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe

The United Coalition of Reason is using Greg Epstein's book to publicize their advertising and coalition building activities. He will also be speaking in Baltimore in connection with the formation of the Baltimore Coalition of Reason. It is highly likely that there will be a Washington DC area Coalition of Reason sometime in the future.

The following is copied from an announcement for your information:

An inspiring and provocative exploration of an alternative to traditional religion. With the current state of the economy, the ongoing wars that rage across the globe, and unsettling changes to the earth?s climate, questions about the role of God and religion in world affairs have never been more relevant or felt more powerfully. Many of us are searching for a place where we can find not only facts and scientific reason, but also hope, and the moral courage needed to overcome such challenges. For some, answers to the most challenging questions are found in the divine. For others, including the ?New Atheists,? religion has no place in the world, and is, in fact, an ?enemy.?

In Good Without God, Greg Epstein presents another, more balanced and inclusive response:
Humanism. Focusing on the positive, he highlights humanity?s potential for goodness and the ways in which Humanists lead lives of purpose and compassion. Humanism can offer the sense of community we want and often need, in good times and bad, as we celebrate marriage and the birth of our children, and as we care for those who are elderly, sick, or approaching the end of their lives. In short, Humanism teaches us that we can lead good and moral lives without supernaturalism, without higher powers...without God.

Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and sits on the executive committee of the 36-member corps of Harvard Chaplains. He holds a B.A. in Religion and Chinese, an
M.A. in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Theological Studies from the
Harvard Divinity School. In 2005 he received ordination as a Humanist Rabbi from the International
Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, where he studied in Jerusalem and Michigan for five years. He is a regular contributor to ?On Faith,? an online forum on religion produced by Newsweek magazine and the Washington Post, and his work has been featured on National Public Radio and in several national publications.

Early praise for ?Good Without God:?
?Good Without God is not just a brilliant book title but an indispensable and humane ideal. Greg
Epstein's wise and warm explanation of the humanist world view goes beyond the recent atheist
bestsellers and speaks to the moral and spiritual impulses that have traditionally attracted people to
--Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works
"In Good Without God, Greg Epstein shows us what it means to cross boundaries, build bridges and work toward a society where people from all backgrounds live in equal dignity and mutual loyalty."
--Eboo Patel, Founder, Interfaith Youth Corps; member of the Advisory Council of the White House
Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Initiatives
"[Epstein is] one of the [Humanist] movement's most promising young leaders"
-- The Jewish Daily Forward

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