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New Meetup: Book: Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer

From: Enrique
Sent on: Sunday, December 5, 2010 3:48 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for San Antonio Skeptics!

What: Book: Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer

When: Saturday, January 29,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Jason's Deli
5819 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78238
[masked]

Join us for a discussion of the book "Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer" by Todd Allen Gates.
We will meet at Jason's Deli. The book will be on the table.


It is available on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Dialogue-Christian-Proselytizer-Allen-Gates/dp/1601450893/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1291585406&sr=1-1

Product Description
Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer is a Socratic dialogue between a skeptic and a Christian apologist. The skeptic does not address atheism, but accepts the premises--for argument's sake--that there IS a Creator of sorts, that this said-Creator has made some sort of communication effort with mankind, and that the fundamentalists are correct in their assessment that "one religion is from God, the rest are man-made." The two characters then discuss non-Christian religions, and reach agreements on specific reasons why such faiths fall into the "made-by-man" category: (a) they're pieced together from pre-existing religions, (b) their holy laws are often based on irrational prejudices and erroneous conclusions about cause and effect, and (c) their stories contain inaccurate and earth-bound descriptions of the universe. The discussion then turns to examining the Christian religion in the same light as the non-Christian. Their conversation remains a respectful exchange of ideas, but is no longer harmonious.
The book's two themes:

(1) "If you understand why you reject all the other religions, you'll understand why I reject yours."

(2) A marveling at humans' handiwork in the creation of the world's religions: the stunning range of creativity, cruelty, compassion, ingenuity, and absurdity. Included are scriptural passages from Bahaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism; as well as mythology and folklore from the Aztecs, the Babylonians, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Kenya, the Native Americans, Nigeria, the Pygmies, the Sumerians, the Vikings, and more.

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http://www.meetup.com/San-Antonio-Skeptics/calendar/15650041/

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