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Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!
What: Burnsville Book Club: God is Not Great - Christopher Hitchens
When: Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:00 PM
14639 CR 11
Burnsville, MN 55337
Join us for a fun evening as we discuss God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. Sadly, Hitchens has lost his voice to oesophageal cancer and is now struggling through stage four of the disease. In spite of his deteriorating health, Hitchens continues to write with the same intellect and sardonic wit showcased in his bestselling book, God is Not Great.
The discussion begins at 7pm in the Davanni's "Party Room", but many of us arrive at 6:30 to have a little dinner. The evening usually concludes around 9pm after everyone has an opportunity to share their book recommendations and other ideas for group events.
The Burnsville book club typically meets on the first Wednesday of every month but because of a scheduling conflict with Davanni's we had to move the day to Thursday 8/4.
Review from Booklist (via Amazon.com):
God is getting bad press lately. Sam Harris' The End of Faith(2005) and Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion (2006) have questioned the existence of any spiritual being and met with enormous success. Now, noted, often acerbic journalist Hitchens enters the fray. As his subtitle indicates, his premise is simple. Not only does religion poison everything, which he argues by explaining several ways in which religion is immoral, but the world would be better off without religion. Replace religious faith with inquiry, open-mindedness, and the pursuit of ideas, he exhorts. Closely reading major religious texts, Hitchens points to numerous examples of atrocities and mayhem in them. Religious faith, he asserts, is both result and cause of dangerous sexual repression. What's more, it is grounded in nothing more than wish fulfillment. Hence, he believes that religion is man-made, and an ethical life can be lived without its stamp of approval. With such chapter titles as "Religion Kills" and "Is Religion Child Abuse?" Hitchens intends to provoke, but he is not mean-spirited and humorless. Indeed, he is effortlessly witty and entertaining as well as utterly rational. Believers will be disturbed and may even charge him with blasphemy (he questions not only the virgin birth but the very existence of Jesus), and he may not change many minds, but he offers the open-minded plenty to think about.
We'll be taking suggestions for future books so please come with your ideas!
Check it out!