Religion Exploration for Skeptics

First we are starting with a familiarization with the bible and discussion around the chapters we read. Later we want to get to speakers and comparison religions etc. See below.

*Note: Please read Genesis Chapters 12-24 before the next meeting and come with any questions or comments. (It's primarily the story of Abraham)*

We'll start by discussing the chapters we've read, then perhaps watch a video clip, read a highlight, or focus on a key concept.

For anyone who is not familiar with the bible or would like some discussion around story's within it we are starting with that.

We'll look at what many of the Christian majority quote, and what the meanings and passages around those quotes mean. This can be a way to become better informed and perhaps understand why people hold on so strongly to their various belief systems. We can go through the Skeptics bible as well and see where that leads the conversation.

What we're hoping to accomplish:

An exploration of faith based mythologies. Example of discussions we might have regarding various religions: What are their core beliefs? How are they similar or different from each other? Why do humans continue belief systems as they do?

If there is enough interest I thought we could invite various religious leaders to come speak to us on occasion about their beliefs in a Q and A session. Just a few I was thinking of exploring would be:

Christianity

Mormonism

Judaism

Jehovah's Witnesses

Islam

Buddhism

Hinduism

Native American religions

Wicca

Candomblé 

We could invite others of course, and if we did get through what we want of the bible, we could explore other texts.

Any suggestions and ideas are greatly appreciated. I'll continue to repeat the meetup as long as there's interest.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Lanena,
    What will be the focus of the discussion based on 12-24 chapters in Genesis? The mythologies of creation of the world in different religions? The genealogy in Genesis and other creation stories with other religions?
    Cynthia

    April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you don't mind, I'll go and stay for the first hour of the discussion.

      April 30, 2014

    • Lalena G.

      Sure not a problem. See you there

      May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to join this group during the summer vacation. Great idea Lalena.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Carol

    In Religious Education within UU's, more than one year focuses on comparing faiths, both what you've outlined above, but also myths, such as the creation myth, the flood myth, end-of-time myths etc. There is a pretty good curricula to go with these explorations. , I no longer have any of these materials, but Beacon Press in Boston has a wealth of materials.
    Within the Christian faith there is also a huge schism between mainstream Protestants (think Presbyterian) and the Evangelicals (think Baptist & all those community churches), and of course, Catholics. For example, mainstream Christians think Creationism very unlikely, while it is a cornerstone of the Evangelical denominations.

    April 25, 2014

    • Lalena G.

      Thank you Carol. I'll look into trying to find those curriculums.

      April 27, 2014

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