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Read the "Oh Gods!" article then come to discuss it.

At our July Meetup we are trying something different – and we need your help! We want your input in a sort of “Town Hall Book Club”.

We are asking you to read the designated article and come prepared to discuss, listen, learn and have some fun. It’s designed to provide fodder for conversation and debate. There is no “test next Friday,” no right answers or required participation, but we would love you to come and share your opinions. This is our first attempt at an evening like this and we expect something between an enlightened discussion and a food fight.

Toby Lester wrote an interesting article for The Atlantic magazine about the emergence of new religions, their interplay with governments and the sociology of religious practices.

Here’s the plan – Read Lester’s article, copy it if you can and bring your questions and comments to the group.  The article is titled "Oh Gods!" To view it click here. Then scroll down the page to the article.

Don Leadroot will lead the discussion. Open ended questions will help people talk about themes and how the article relates to deeper issues. We value your participation and hope you will join us July 8. See you there.

As always, we encourage you to RSVP if you plan to attend.

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  • Helen D. L.

    Terrific meetup. Bodes well for future meetups on articles or not-to-lengthy books

    July 19, 2013

  • Marsha

    Reading an article ahead of the meeting and then discussing it was a brilliant idea. Thanks for thinking of this as a meetup! The article was helpful to me personally, because I have been one of those who imagine a world without religion. The article helped me in my grudging acceptance that my imagined world will very probably never be (of course I knew not in my lifetime, but I had hope for future homo sapiens). Oh, well. Great group and good open-minded discussion!

    July 9, 2013

    • Gretchen

      An interesting article to read in preparation for a group discussion greatly increases my desire to attend the meetings. However, a lot of schedule conflicts have also been in the way.

      July 9, 2013

  • Bill M

    The "Oh Gods!" article seems a little disorganized, but it does make some points that ought to lead to a lively discussion, I think.

    June 29, 2013

  • Todd N.

    The claimed trend toward a flourishing, "in both intensity and variety," of religion, in Toby Lester's article "Oh, Gods!," ought cause little concern for those embracing separation of church and state. The principles undergirding the separation of church and state are sound for all, and are unaffected by trends in either the withering or flourishing, or the ardency or assortment of religious belief.

    June 27, 2013

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