Hi to those in the Vancouver science and religion discussion group,
We don't have any scheduled meetings for November. However, the Westside science and religion discussion group is meeting, and if you would like to attend, the information is below.
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Our next Westside science and religion discussion group is meeting on Monday, November 15, on the topic of Thanksgiving. All details are posted here:http://www.meetup.com/Westside-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/calendar/12162565/
For me, I think the roots of Thanksgiving go back to the pilgrims who had a harvest banquet to celebrate their fortunate growing season. This was an event to thank God for his blessings. So it might be easy to see how a Christian might celebrate this holiday. In this way, it is also uniquely an American holiday.
But what about Muslims? Is this something they can participate in? Even though the holiday was first created and celebrated by Christians, is this something that Muslims can join? And would American Muslims have a different response than Muslims who immigrated from another country.
And what about atheists? Obviously, they wouldn't give thanks to God, because they don't believe that God exists. But yet, there is a feeling of thankfulness. When anyone reflects on their blessings, there is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude that wells up within their soul. Who could atheists give thanks to? Should they thank ?their lucky stars??
This meeting will be a chance to find out how those of different belief systems think. And there will be ample time for questions to probe further.
If you would like to comment on this topic, click here to reach the Westside discussion board for this topic:http://www.meetup.com/Westside-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/messages/boards/thread/9972492