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New Meetup: Tom Flynn "The Trouble with Easter" (Fairfax, VA)

From: Don W.
Sent on: Monday, March 15, 2010 1:19 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The DC Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Tom Flynn "The Trouble with Easter" (Fairfax, VA)

When: Monday, March 22,[masked]:00 PM

George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030

This is a joint event between the Secular Student Alliance (GMU) and the Northern Virginia Chapter of Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH). Many thanks go out to WASH-NVC for making this possible!

Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, editor of Free Inquiry, and author of that deathless polemic "The Trouble with Christmas," finally starts assaulting the rest of the holiday calendar. (Can "The Trouble with Arbor Day" be far behind?)

In this lavishly illustrated talk, Tom turns over every egg (and not a few rocks) to probe the unsavory truths behind Christianity's holiest holiday.

- How much does Easter owe to pagan sources?

- If Easter is so holy, why do the world's Christian churches observe it on the same day only one year in four?

- And why is it scheduled according to the phases of the moon?

- Where did our secular Easter traditions really come from?

Packed with rollicking humor and little-known facts, this talk closes with a side-by-side breakdown of the resurrection accounts in the four gospels. Does the New Testament even tell a single coherent story of what Christians consider history's most significant event?

Free and Open to the Public.


The presentation will be in the Johnson Center Meeting Room C on the 3rd Floor. It is free and open to the public however there is a fee to park on campus. The Mason Pond Parking Deck is the closest available visitor parking to the Johnson Center. It can fill up during this time of day however - necessitating the use of another deck on campus further out - please plan your time accordingly. The rate is $2/hr with a maximum fee of $8. If you are taking the Metro, for $0.75 you can also take the CUE bus from the Vienna (Orange Line) Station to campus.

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