Thanks to Rich for leading the discussion with wit & charm; the perfect person to lead this event & a great start as the first of our Community Events.
Well done to all the speakers, & especially those who had prepared pieces to read. Your stories were warm, funny & heart-wrenching in equal measure. Lovely audience participation too, it felt like people got to know each other, bonds were made, and you could almost feel the empathy in the room.
I look forward to more of these events as there are a great many other stories we didn't have time for, and also questions we didn't have time to cover.
(...And don't forget everyone, in case you want to drop off some soup if he's ill, David Mcguire likes Tomato, not chicken !)
3 · September 11
Sorry for the late reply. Have been busy. It was great to meet everyone at the "Why I am an Atheist" meeting. Thanks for all the positive comments people have sent me. It really was a great event and I really do know that I am amongst friends in this group.
I have stayed on in London in order to go on the Secular Europe march etc tommorow. So I hope to maybe see some of you there.
I will then go back to Glastonbury fortified and ready to do battle with the C of E.
Ha! I do agree with Jason on the "not so spiritual New Age nonsense". Especially in Snake Oil Central aka Glastonbury!
I have eaten, (though also shared), all the chocs I got as a prize. Not better than sex but close to it!
4 · September 13
Great job by Rich who kept the whole evening moving along and created such a warm atmosphere that people who hadn't even planned to speak felt comfortable doing so. Thanks to all who came and especially those who spoke. Some funny, and also some very touching contributions.
A special mention too for John Dillon, who wasn't there last night on account of living in Birmingham, so Ginny read out his excellent piece which you can download here: http://files.meetup.com/3918922...
3 · September 11
Hey guys! I am so looking forward to this meeting :)
Today I had a looong conversation with a muslim guy (husband of my muslim friend). I tried to apply the advice that Peter Boghossian gave, and it worked on many levels, because the the guy didn't get defensive and the conversation went in quite a friendly way. What was difficult for me to accomplish is to keep the focus - he constantly jumped from one thing to another, and I found myself dragged into that "jumping" (should work on that for the next time :)). Another significant thing was that he misinterpreted and misrepresented what a lot of what I said, so that sucked lots of energy out of me, i must say.
Has anyone tried the new tactic in talking to theists? Would be great to hear your experiences!
1 · September 9
We are so privileged to be living at the moment! Science has explained so much that religion used to pretend to know about. From the knowledge of plate tectonics to DNA. The Torah, Bible and Koran, have not helped us understand anything useful about this world. Science and technology rules. a men
3 · September 8
I will be there and I have decided to stick my head above the parapet to explain why I have become an atheist knowing that I will be amongst friends, or strangers who will soon become friends.
While I am an intellectual and like that approach to life my road to atheism is based on real life events and a search for the "meaning" of what happened.
What I know is that I searched the various religions and "spiritual" paths and expected compassion and understanding about my situation and found none there. Then I talked to an atheist friend who showed me about the Scientific Method which has turned my life around and made me feel safe again.
Living in Glastonbury I am surrounded by delusion and some of it is really Evil. Believe me in this.
All the kindness and compassion and validation I needed was found in atheists and humanists so now I want to give back by coming "out".
BTW With God some people really do kill as I know to my detriment.
3 · September 5
I will definitely try to be there. I have several illnesses so do please take this into account if I cannot be there!
0 · August 23
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.