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New Meetup: Burnsville Book Club: "Irreligion" - John Allen Paulos

From: Eric
Sent on: Friday, July 9, 2010 8:43 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Burnsville Book Club: "Irreligion" - John Allen Paulos

When: Wednesday, August 4,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Davanni's
14639 CR 11
Burnsville, MN 55337

We'll be discussing Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up by John Allen Paulos. The discussion begins at 7pm in the Davanni's "Party Room", but feel free to arrive at 6:30 for dinner.


From Publishers Weekly:

"Few of the recent books on atheism have been worth reading just for wit and style, but this is one of them: Paulos is truly funny. De-spite the title, the Temple University math professor doesn't actually discuss mathematics much, which will be a relief to any numerically challenged readers who felt intimidated by his previous book Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences. In this short primer ('just the gist with an occasional jest'), Paulos tackles 12 of the most common arguments for God, including the argument from design, the idea that a 'moral universality' points to a creator God, the notion of first causes and the argument from coincidence, among others. Along the way, he intersperses irreverent and entertaining little chapterlets that contain his musings on various subjects, including a rather hilarious imagined IM exchange with God that slyly parodies Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations with God. 'Why does solemnity tend to infect almost all discussions of religion?' Paulos asks, clearly bemoaning the dearth of humor. This little book goes a long way toward correcting the problem, and provides both atheists and religious apologists some digestible food for thought along the way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

We'll also be taking suggestions for future book discussions. All ideas are encouraged and welcomed!

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