NON-LAAG EVENT - Conway Hall Lectures "Controversial Issues"

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In this lecture, LAAG organiser, Graham Bell presents a slightly amended version of the presenation given to LAAG earlier this year.

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Controversial Issues

Sun 20 Oct 2013, 14.30

In the Controversial Issues Discussion Series, a member of Conway Hall Ethical Society presents a topic or viewpoint that has caused or is likely to cause disagreement in the public. This is followed by a brief Q&A leading to open discussion.

The views expressed will not necessarily be those of the Society.

Meetings will be held (sporadically) throughout the year on Sundays from 2:30 pm.

Tea and coffee are provided, admission is free for all.

In this the second offering, Graham Bell will present 'Coming To Terms With Atheism'.

Atheism is a contested term for atheists and non-atheists alike.  The talk will explores how vagueness in use of ‘atheism’ and associated terms allows hostile religionists to misrepresent atheism in a self-serving manner. How might atheists defend themselves from such attacks?

Following a brief Q&A, a general discussion might take further some of the issues raised and then possibly address the question of whether atheists should contest religious practice, privilege and institutions and, if so, how? For example, does Richard Dawkins’ alleged 'strident, front-on, fundamentalist atheist approach' do more harm for atheism than good?

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  • Georgi L.

    Regulars at our monthly talks may have seen a version of this talk earlier this year, when Graham presented it for LAAG. Well worth hearing it ...Graham will repeat it for us some time as we have so many new members (it's a new version in any case and regulars will probably find it interesting to discuss further than we got last time), but it probably won't be for quite a while yet - back end of next year at the earliest as we have many new topics to cover, including more of Graham's excellent talks on human nature.

    October 16, 2013

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