Dr. David Orenstein
How to Live the Atheist Life to the Fullest
‘Freeing Ourselves from Religion is Liberation!’
Admittedly, it’s sometimes hard to be an Atheist. We are discriminated against in our mostly religious society, we are denied representation in government, we are considered immoral, we often have to hide the fact, on our jobs, that we are Atheists. We are outsiders in most small to middle-sized towns across America, often shunned, disregarded and disapproved of. And that’s not even counting the vituperation and violence that erupts when we “come out” or do a public action!
So it’s hard to remember, sometimes, how GREAT it is to be an Atheist. And it’s hard to know how to live the Atheist life to the fullest, fully convinced that it is indeed wonderful to be a nonbeliever--freeing, honest and pure as breathing in the fresh salt air on a beach.
“To many believers, Atheists come off as angry and unhappy,” says Dr. David Orenstein, who will be the speaker at Sunday’s NYC Atheist Brunch. “Sure, we get angry once in a while at the tenacity of something as irrational as an invisible god. But that’s not our definitive characteristic.
“We sometimes forget,” he adds, “that Atheism is a form of liberation. And that this liberation can provide nonbelievers with daily joy in how we see the world.”
A Narrow Escape
That joy is especially poignant to Dr. Orenstein because he almost didn’t live to experience it. As a preteen, rheumatic fever left him with a damaged mitral and aortic valve. At 17, he underwent open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve. In 1987, the replaced valve was found to be calcified and he underwent a second open-heart surgery to replace it with a new non-organic valve.
“Each time I went under the knife I neither prayed nor pleaded with god to spare me. Frankly, I was more concerned with the heart doctor’s surgical experience. than with divine intervention or salvation,” says Dr. Orenstein
Today, Dr. Orenstein is healthy, hardy and enjoying life to the fullest. On Sunday, at NYCA’s monthly Brunch, he intends to share his joy with his fellow Atheists, tell us why and how he became an Atheist and why he feels that Atheism is, for everybody, the way of life that allows for more happiness, productivity, progress and satisfaction.
The Honesty of Atheism Is Nurturing
The college professor--he now teaches anthropology at a small New Jersey college--will tell us how to live each day knowing that you will never live it again--and that’s OK. He points out that the honesty of Atheism is far more nurturing than any religious system that fabricates a false afterlife.
Join us on Sunday to find out why you should be glad you are a nonbeliever, why Atheism is the most honest and satisfying way to live and how your immortality can come not from false gods but from doing your best on this planet during your time on it!
WHAT: “HOW TO LIVE THE ATHEIST LIFE TO THE FULLEST,” a talk by Dr. David Orenstein, professor of Anthropology at Warren County Community College.
WHEN: SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012 AT 12 NOON
WHERE: THE PRESS BOX - 932 Second Ave (bet. 49 & 50th) - Second Floor
COST: The Brunch is $20, which includes a selection of buffet entrees, salad, soft drink, coffee, tax and tip. We are avid fans of the Eggs Benedict.