Atheists United - San Fernando Valley Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

  • April 17, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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TOPIC FOR THIS MEETING: At the March meetup we decided to choose the topic for the April at the start of the meetup. There were 3 proposed topics and we will choose from these or others people suggest on the 17th. 

The 3 which topics which were proposed were 1) Are there such a thing as good and evil? 2) What can you and what can't you believe as an atheist? 3) What do atheists talk about with their therapists? Most of these topics were related to interesting questions raised at the March meetup.   

Meeting format: The San Fernando Valley Atheist Meetup is a place for atheists to meet, have dinner with, and talk to other atheists. So you can come at 6:45 and eat and make friends then at 7:15 enjoy the discussion. A few agnostics and religious people sometimes show up as well and they are welcome as long as they are not there to proselytize. For a long time we have had the group discuss an atheist related topic each month and select a new topic for the following month.  

  We are looking for ways to have a greater variety of activities at our meetup. First we need some ideas so please post some.

The meetup is sponsored by Atheists United. Check out  their website at                  atheistsunited.org 

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  • Ellie

    Enjoyed the meeting and discussion and sorry I had to leave early to work -- Especially nice to have a practicing Christian (Dave) to courageously present his experience in the face of a group of non believers!

    1 · April 18

  • Stephen K.

    Hi, Ellie. Perhaps we are related? However, among Jews (a fairly meaningless label for me -- are we a religion -- well that makes no sense -- are we a race -- well not as maligned as once, but let's not go there), the name "kahn" is something like the name "smith" among Anglo-Saxons or the name "kim" among Koreans. While it does not make sense to call a species, "insane," if any animals perhaps deserve that description, perhaps human beings as a species need a therapist. I don't know that I will live that long, but I hope to get back to LA in February of next year (after a 50 year absence) with my granddaughter whom I am striving to lead "astray" down the atheist path. Perhaps a topic for discussion if I get to meetup with this group would be, "What does a post-religious world look like?"

    April 17

  • Ellie

    I am very curious (and amused) about the 'what do atheists talk about with their therapist?' and what the context was for that question arising. Looking forward to the meeting and having people to talk with about stimulating issues.

    April 16

    • Stephen K.

      Atheists talk about sanity with their therapists. Although I despise religion, I realize that both religionists and atheists grapple with sanity issues and existential issues. If God existed, It would be crazy. In God's absence, we all struggle with the burden of mortality and nuttiness. Once you get sane then get rich by becoming an atheist psychotherapist.

      April 16

    • Ellie

      LOL - besides the same last name, Stephen, I appreciate your explanation. I guess I never grappled with that aspect of my sanity -- plenty of others, but not related to religion and God.

      April 17

  • Stephen K.

    Hi. I am an unreliable interloper. After decades of being away from LA and Orange County area, I have succumbed to irrational nostalgia and plan to visit LA and Orange County (childhood hangouts) with my 11 year old granddaughter (who is discreetly sceptical) who thinks it perfectly normal to have two mommies in Seattle -- birth mother and my daughter, now wed, and two daddies (sperm donor and partner) in Chicago. If I live long enough to get to LA and Brea in February and don't go completely demented in the meantime, I would love to meet some of you and perhaps cadge a little help in getting around as it's questionable for me to drive and while not broke have to watch the pennies. Contact me at [masked]. Thanks.

    April 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks interesting. I am from central Illinois originally and I was raised christian. Baptist mostly but some Methodist. I always questioned my mom. She never had any answers for me.

    April 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be on vacation, folks, so I'm afraid I'll miss this month's meeting. So I'll contribute to the conversation here:

    1. I suppose that depends on your definition of evil. But I have to say, yes, there is such a thing. But I don't think I subscribe to the notion of someone being an example of pure good or pure evil. Everyone does good things and bad things. What are good and bad things then? I think societies at large define those.

    2. Since atheism is defined as a lack of a believe in a god or gods, the question of what else someone can or can't believe in isn't addressed by the 'atheist' label. If someone wants to know what an atheist believes in, that person ought to ask the atheist. But then the conversation veers in to humanism (specifically secular humanism), which is another topic.

    3. I've talked about all kinds of things with my therapist, and not once did he bring God into the conversation. Psychology is a science, not bounded or influenced by religion.

    1 · April 10

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