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Book Club: Revelations

We'll be discussing Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels (nonfiction - history/ political science).

The strangest book of the New Testament, filled with visions of the Rapture, the whore of Babylon, and apocalyptic writing of the end of times, the Book of Revelation has fascinated readers for more than two thousand years, but where did it come from? And what are the meanings of its surreal images of dragons, monsters, angels, and cosmic war?  Elaine Pagels elucidates the true history of this controversial book, uncovering its origins and the roots of dissent, violence, and division in the world's religions.

Available on Amazon, or through Sac Library.

Come with a few thoughts/ideas about the book to discuss!

About the Venue
The Coffee Garden is a little coffee shop just off Broadway and 99. If the weather's nice, we're probably in the big table in the garden through the back door. Otherwise we're on the couches right inside the front door.

They serve all sorts of coffees and drinks, sodas, and a wide variety of sandwiches and salads perfect for dinner if you choose. They appreciate it if you at least buy a drink/pastry.

Please be courteous and do not bring outside food or drinks.

About the Book Club
We're glad to have you join us - if you hate the book, love the book, or even didn't finish the book. If you're a newcomer, get a head start on the book for next month by looking at the monthly lineup!

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  • monty

    message board found ! thanks buddy. m

    October 21, 2014

  • monty

    Roberto, how does one upload book list ? monty

    October 21, 2014

    • Roberto L.

      I put the list as a discussion in the message board. It's possible upload files as well.

      October 21, 2014

    • Roberto L.

      Look into More/files if you want to upload a file.

      October 21, 2014

  • Roberto L.

    Please note that I've uploaded the list of books we decided on to the discussion board

    October 21, 2014

  • Joseph L.

    Full title and author of the book I select tonight. Religion Made Me Fat: God, Sex, Church, Money; an Ordained Woman's Experience of It All
    Aug 23, 2012
    by AmyJo Mattheis >>> Available on Amazon.com

    October 20, 2014

  • Joseph L.

    This is the free online course that I recommended tonight at the book club meeting. There is still time before the semester ends to download the video lectures to your computer and watch them at your leisure. The presenter discusses, among other things, the role religion plays in history going all the way back to Hammurabi in 1754 B.C. >>>
    https://class.coursera.org/humankind-002

    October 20, 2014

  • Rachael

    I'd like to encourage Book Club to have your meetings at Reason Center next year. That way you wouldn't have to have a limit on the number of people (instead you could just break into smaller groups if you wanted to help keep the discussions manageable). Currently we're only charging $1/person for Partner Organizations. The price will probably change, but we won't re-evaluate for another month or two.

    3 · October 18, 2014

  • Tony G.

    Yep... This one was my book recommendation, so you can bet your sweet bippy I'll be there!

    1 · October 9, 2014

  • Robert C.

    Yikes, another book club year is ending! So many books, so little time.
    Revelations is a great read so far. I can't wait to discuss.

    1 · October 2, 2014

  • Brooke

    Just a reminder that this is the last book club of the year, and also when attendees will choose the books for 2015! Our massive list of suggestions is here:

    http://files.meetup.com/918043/SacFAN%20books_ratings%2008.19.14.doc

    2 · October 2, 2014

    • Tony G.

      Yep... This one was my book recommendation, so you can bet your sweet bippy I'll be there!!

      1 · October 2, 2014

  • Roberto L.

    Here's a couple of other books I've been thinking about, I don't know if they are in your list Brooke:
    Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life [NOOK Book]
    by Daniel C. Dennett
    The Happy Atheist [NOOK Book]
    by PZ Myers
    Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation [NOOK Book]
    by Bill Nye, Corey S. Powell (Editor)

    1 · October 2, 2014

  • Fran E.

    Sorry I can't make it. I'll be in Chicago. I would like to recommend 'The Lights in the Tunnel' by Martin Ford for next year. This is something all of us '99 percenters' should think about. I think it suggests that we enable much of the social discord that we are concerned about.

    1 · October 2, 2014

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