EXTERNAL EVENT - ACTIVISM (series, Every Sunday evening) "God on Trial"

UPDATE: 21/2. The Christian group are happy to have us along, but want to emphasise that the format is a speech, followed by discussion within smaller groups of 4 to 6. They do not want the speech (20 mins or so) interrupted by questions and I think since it is their event it is only right that we should respect their format. The feedback from atheists who went  is that the speech is pretty long, and since the hosts do not want it interrupted, you might want to take notes during it so you can refer to what was said later in the small group discussions. Needless to say, we should keep this polite and not make it personal. Not to say you can't be forthright afterwards during the discussions of course, but please let's keep it civil, thank you :-)   please note:18:00 table tennis/social. Discussion starts 18:30

Here's the original invite:

Hi there, I'm Jeremy and I'm involved in a meetup group called Connected. It's run by Christians and we want to encourage intelligent discussion and debate among people of various beliefs. We're about to start a new series called "God on Trial" and are hoping for quite a few people of different viewpoints to come and join the discussion. It would be great if some of you would like to come along. Feel free to advertise it to your members if you think that would be appropriate.

Each week we are discussing a different topic:
Feb 17th: "No evidence. Dear God - mind speaking up?"
Feb 24th: "It's the C21st. Dear God - are you relevant any more?"
March 3rd: "Life hurts. Dear God - do you care?"
March 10th: "Rules, rules, rules. Dear God - are you a killjoy?"
March 17th: "Hell, fire and brimstone. Dear God - are you a sadist?"
March 24th: "We're all trying our best. Dear God - why so exclusive?"

More info can be found on our meetup page. Please RSVP here if you'd like to come along and we'll let the Connected group know.

http://www.meetup.com/ConnectedLondon/

PRICE: Free ( Let's hope they don't want our souls ;-)) Just kidding, it's actually REALLY refreshing isn't it, that religious people want to hear other opinions and maybe even the 'E' word? ...E..Ev..evidence?? Seriously though, I must say I'm impressed by this group for at least trying ...and it'll be an interesting experience, no doubt!

 

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  • Stephen Y.

    I went along to the first two and found it to be quite interesting. Last week I was trying to convince a guy who studied physics that the earth is more than 6000 years old! I had to get a bible and tell another to read Deuteronomy 13 v 6-12 after she refused to believe that the bible orders you to kill your family if they worship other gods. At the first meeting i gave them some of the leaflets I put on your files section, and lent one guy my book disbelief 101. I got it Back last Sunday, he said he read the first chapter, and found it a bit of an eye opener
    All in all they are a fairly young group who are quite friendly and nice people, they have laid on coffee, tea, biscuits, sandwiches etc and you can help yourself for free :-)
    They seemed to be mostly unaware of the arguments against Christianity or religion in general and seemed genuinely surprised when I pointed out the contradictions and immoral acts in the bible to them.
    I might go again next week if I'm not too busy.

    3 · February 28, 2013

    • Stephen Y.

      I know, but I did tell her to have a look at www.evilbible.com which lists them all in categories. She did write the address down and said she will have a look. She seemed a little offended by the title though so I also told her to check out www.thethinkingatheist.c­om which has a very good section on bible atrocities and contradictions. Eventually she will realise that the god she worships is a (fictional) genocidal murderer, and that her moral guidelines are much much higher than that.

      1 · March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I like evilbible.com. It is so sane!

      March 4, 2013

  • Richard F

    I promise to bite my tongue until the small groups;)

    February 26, 2013

  • Richard F

    I won't hold my breath for a proper debate;)

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I admire them for at least starting a debate. I hope they can carry it through when opposed.

    Fiona

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I love table tennis.

    February 25, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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