SUBJECT: Language; do the words we use reinforce religion, or doesn't it matter?
E.g. If you 'thank god', does it matter?
Why are some non believers so against the term 'atheist'?
Do you wish people a happy Christmas?
Does language have an impact on what ethics are considered to stem from religion. E.g does using the everyday term 'have faith' imply that faith is a good thing, and therefore reinforce religions' self appointed role as the holder of morals?
These are just examples, not a fixed agenda as that'll be down to those present to choose. Any points you wish to raise, or any comments whatsoever are welcome on the comments facility below.Thanks to Ajay and Richard Francis for suggesting this topic.
Furthermore, with the first atheist 'church' having just started, this discussion to kick off the new year is even more apt. The people from the atheist church ...(saying that makes me wince) ...are now confirmed for the social meetup on SUNDAY 27th/1 to give us their thoughts about why they called it that, and more about it in general, what's it about, what do they do...
UPDATE: The pub will be busy so we'll meet UPSTAIRS.(Inside door marked 'restaurant') PLEASE buy your drinks, order food if you want to and head on upstairs WELL BEFORE 19:30, so we are ready to start promptly, if possible :-). 'Official' end time for discussion is 9pm, but this is flexible if people want to continue with the discussion upstairs, or want social time in the main pub downstairs instead.