Book discussion - "A Manual for Creating Atheists" by Peter Boghossian

This will be our first meeting at the Lakeview Library. We will have a private meeting room which should make having a discussion easier. We will start the meeting at 6 and talk for about an hour and a half. If anybody is interested we can consider meeting for dinner afterwards.

Reading the book is not required to attend but it will help add to the discussion if as many attendees as possible has read the book.


Like our regular discussions, the book review is open to anyone from active members of the group to newcomers wishing to learn more about who we are. However, unlike most of our meetings, we will try to stick to the original topic with the book reviews.


The following is the book description from Amazon: "For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith--and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith--but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than twenty years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason."

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  • Nick D.

    Great discussion!

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Kumar

    So it looks like we are going to do the Skype call with Prof. Boghossian. Since he so graciously offered to talk with us, I think we need to make use of his precious time as productively as possible.

    To that end, I think it would be best if we each individually come up with notes/questions/topics of discussion from his book to talk about during the call.

    2 · February 2, 2014

    • Nick D.

      Wonderful, we will have a half hour before the call to formulate our questions.

      February 2, 2014

  • M.B. Yunus (Go by M.

    Six-thirty will work. --MB

    January 30, 2014

  • Kumar

    So, can I tell Peter that 6.15pm on 2/11 would be the time that we can set up a Skype call? Nick, I can help you with scouting out the library and to check whether they have adequate infrastructure to make it happen. Let me know when you want to go to the library.

    January 29, 2014

    • Nick D.

      Let's do 6:30 to make sure we have enough time to get everything set up. I'll be in touch regarding scouting things out but I'm thinking sometime this weekend would work best for me.

      January 29, 2014

    • Kumar

      Sure. I have work on the evening of Saturday through Sunday. So if that works for you, let me know.

      January 29, 2014

  • Nick D.

    I have updated the meetup description. Because of people being unable to attend the book discussion meeting on January 28th due to cold, we are going to do the book review this meeting.

    January 27, 2014

  • M.B. Yunus (Go by M.

    Nick--do we have a particular topic for discussion yet?

    January 22, 2014

    • Nick D.

      Not yet, I will add some current events a little closer to the meeting date.

      January 22, 2014

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