Sent on: Monday, February 13, 2012 10:43 PM


WHAT:   NYC ATHEISTS’ FRIDAY NITE BOOK AND FILM CLUB, led by Dr. David Orenstein, educator and anthropologist.

BOOK:     “THE NEW ATHEISM: TAKING A STAND FOR REASON AND SCIENCE,”  By Victor Stenger. Chapters 1, 3 and 10.

WHEN:     FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 at 6:30 P.M.

WHERE:   STONE CREEK BAR & PUB  - 140 East 27th St. (Bet. 3rd/Lex) Back Room

COST:    FREE.  But we hope you will purchase drinks and/or food to compensate Stone Creek for use of its space.  It has a great selection of beer and the food is quite good for a bar.





What Is ‘The New Atheism’? How does It Differ from The Old Atheism?   NYCA Book Club Will Consider the Differences on Feb. 17    


Every once in a while a book comes along that answers a question that has been lurking in your mind.  Victor J. Stenger’s book, THE NEW ATHEISM: TAKING A STAND FOR SCIENCE AND REASON, is just such a book.   
Just what, exactly, is The New Atheism?  You’ve heard of Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett and Harris--the Atheist authors dubbed “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” back in 2007?  All have become the heroes of the New Atheism.  But why?  Author Stenger explains why with wit, reason and a lucid writing style.  
Stenger breaks down theist myths that have been misinforming the public for years. For example, theists would have us believe that Atheism is “fading away.”  In fact, Atheism is growing around the world by leaps and bounds and, with 1.1 billion disciples, has become the third most accepted belief system behind Christianity and Islam.


  Fight Untruth with Truth


“One of the significant propositions of the New Atheism is that faith should not be exonerated, should not be treated with respect but, rather, disputed and, when damaging to individuals or society, condemned,” says Stenger. Another characteristic of The New Atheism is its bravery in coming out of the closet:   
U.S. policies have been hijacked by both Neocons and “Theocons”--who put their Christian beliefs first, notes Stenger, and he rallies readers to fight back. 
The ideas in THE NEW ATHEISTS will be discussed at NYCA theists’ Friday Night Book and Film Club on February 17th at the Stone Creek Bar & Restaurant, led by our popular David Orenstein, who says this is one of his favorite Atheist books.

  Informal, Friendly Atmosphere

 Even if you haven’t read the book, you will be able to enjoy and take part in the discussion, says Orenstein because the concepts Stenger presents are easy to state and understand. If you do have the book (readily available at bookstores and libraries as well as, read Chapters 1, 3 and 10--fast reads because they are so fascinating. 
Our book club leader, Dr. David Orenstein, who recently accepted a new position as dean of a New Jersey community college,  is known for his gentle, friendly leadership, his love of books and his respectful attention to every participant’s comments. 
Come, enjoy the companionship, the affability and the exchange of ideas with fellow Atheists in a warm, informal, supportive atmosphere, where if everybody doesn’t know your name, they will by the end of the evening!

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