PLEASE NOTE: Event is TUESDAY, NOT WEDNESDAY this month, and starts (promptly) at 19:30 (doors 19:00)
ABOUT THIS EVENT:
WHY I AM AN ATHEIST
The floor is yours this month, and we look forward to hearing YOUR story and thoughts about how and why you saw reason, and became an atheist (assuming you are one!). As always, there is no pressure upon anyone to speak, you are welcome just to listen and take part as much or as little as you wish.
Questions will be posed for a group discussion - see "MORE' below...
There will also be readings from some members, of what they found inspirational, including David Eagleman's "SUM - tales from the afterlives" which gives glimpses of what will befall us after our demise. They're very entertaining...
This event and topic is particularly good for all members to get to know each other - hence a very good one for new members to come along to. It is NOT a formal debate, rather more a chat about personal experiences. (Since COMMUNITY is an important aspect of this group's remit, we will be doing a COMMUNITY & CELEBRATORY EVENT like this every quarter - next one is our 'Friday the 13th, superstitions themed x-myarse dinner ;-))
More below about this event below... _______________________________________________________
£5 non members/ non RSVP'd members
£3 LAAG/CLHG members, £2 NUS (if RSVP'd)
- People who are no shows more than twice in a year (from now on) will not be eligible for discount, so please update RSVP's ;-)
- RSVP facility will close automatically, at 17:00 on the day of the event. ★★★ If you have a genuine issue after that time, or are a 'maybe' for some reason etc., just please LET US KNOW in the comment boxes below & that'll be no problem ★★★
- This is guide only & we won't be draconican in the case of occasional slip-ups etc so don't worry! , but people just showing up or no shows makes organising difficult (& possibly denies others from attending fully booked events) so we do ask for this small courtesy, please.
19:00- 19:20 General arrival upstairs (please get drinks and order any food DOWNSTAIRS first)
19:30 Discussion /Talk starts PROMPTLY, till latest 21:30 (but flexible)
Social time, drinks & nibbles, till 22:30
MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT:
"Why I'm an Atheist" - Your journey to Reason (GROUP DISCUSSION THIS MONTH)
Co-incidentally, this question caught the imagination on Twitter recently. A range of answers and stories emerged, from the touching to the silly, from the sublime to the ridiculous, and just about everything in-between.
Simple answer? "I haven't heard a single good reason not to be"
As well as sharing our histories & thoughts (for those who want to), possible questions might include:
Are we born atheist? (Or is an infant an atheist in the same way that a rock is an atheist i.e. it hasn't weighed up the evidence for or against existence of a god either?!)
Whatever your view on this, it is certainly without doubt that the paths to atheism are many. This meetup is about people sharing individual stories and for us to get to know each other's paths to reason (as far as religion goes anyway ;-)). Some of us will have been raised by atheist parents. Other raised by culturally religious - but perhaps not really practising religion - in varying degrees. And through the whole gamut of this category, to the full-blown religious upbringings in all the various faiths and gazillion sub-sets!
Are there differences in 'ideology', mindset or how ardent someone is in challenging religion/faith, between those atheists that were themselves religious at one point, and those who cannot remember ever having had god belief? If so, what?
- Can atheism be arrived at irrationally, or be held irrationally? E.g. Has anyone become an atheist 'on faith', without looking at the reasons why?
Atheism as a concept is often (wrongly!) described as a negative (being without delusion is a negative?!) But is that simplicity of premise actually its strength? - like 'abolitionism', is it a simple and singular distinct premise that doesn't 'presume' to prescribe, list or attach itself as a prerequisite of holding virtues (to do so would also get into the territory of religious arrogance and presumption perhaps?).
But do atheists themselves generally share many similar values anyway? e.g a healthy(?) questioning of rules and of authority?
- Is monarchy another form of worship "divine right of kings", hence one that atheists generally eschew? (Should we seek alliances with republicans?)
- Feel free to add your own questions or comments in the comments boxes below (these comments boxes are for pre and post event discussion TO DO WITH THIS PARTICULAR MEETUP - please use the forum to start discussions about anything else)
- Though these midweek events are usually structured talks/debates/discussions, they are nevertheless fairly informal; so the bar is usually open upstairs in the break and feel free to order food and have it during the event (simple but pretty good we've been told).
- We start the discussion promptly at 19:30. As a courtesy to others, please try to turn up by 19:20 ... if at all possible :-) If a late arrival can't be helped, no worries, just come in quietly :-)
- The usual end time for discussion is 21:30pm, but this is flexible if people want to continue with the discussion, and usually we have some social time afterwards until 10:30pm (or until the pub closes!)
The meetup fee either goes towards costs of running the group, including equipment, room, prizes, nibbles etc, or towards specific campaigns and causes when we can cover other costs. The latter are specified on the appropriate events page.