Book Club (Ceres)

On First Tuesday of every month please come join us to talk, relax, and share discussions about the monthly book selection while we enjoy each others' company.

Meetings begins at 7 and will end around 8 or 8:30 depending on how long everyone is enjoying the evening. Please come whether you enjoyed the book, hated the book, or didn't quite finish it!

All of the books are available on Amazon, at your local public library, or other book stores.

February's Book: Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson (Chapters 7-10)

Jennifer Michael Hecht, 576 pages [Amazon]

In the tradition of grand sweeping histories such as From Dawn To Decadence, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and A History of God, Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind especially-from Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking. This is an account of the world's greatest ‘intellectual virtuosos,' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Jesus, and the Eastern religions, to modern secular equivalents Marx, Freud and Darwin—and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning,

This remarkable book ranges from the early Greeks, Hebrew figures such as Job and Ecclesiastes, Eastern critical wisdom, Roman stoicism, Jesus as a man of doubt, Gnosticism and Christian mystics, medieval Islamic, Jewish and Christian skeptics, secularism, the rise of science, modern and contemporary critical thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, the existentialists.

Future Selections

March: Proving History: Bayes's Theorem & the Quest for the Historical Jesus, Richard Carrier (Colloquium) 

April: Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, Darrel Ray

May: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, Frans de Waal 

June: When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth, Elizabeth Wayland Barber

July: The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book One: The Mormons, David Fitzgerald (Colloquium)

August: The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels

SeptemberLies my Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, James W. Loewen, (Chapters 1-6)

OctoberLies my Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, James W. Loewen, (Chapters 7-13)

NovemberA Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood, Raymond P. Scheindlin

DecemberIs God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, Paul Copan

About the Venue

The meetings takes place at a private residence in Ceres (just south of Modesto) with room for 8-9 (adults only please).

Our hosts, Charly and Anton, enjoy baking and will provide some goodies each month and attendees are may bring something to share as well.

Online Discussion

Before and after the meetup, please use the discussion area below to discuss your thoughts on the book. You can also use it to coordinate a book exchange, or share where you got your copy to help others. But please, no spoilers!

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  • Troy S.

    I haven't read the material again! I fail! Plus, I'm a bit wiped from work. Sorry, Charly. You too, Anton.

    February 4, 2014

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

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