New Meetup: RELIGION UNDER EXAMINATION: A CLOSER LOOK BY EXPERTS

From: Reba Boyd W.
Sent on: Saturday, August 1, 2009 5:27 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Center for Inquiry Indiana!

What: RELIGION UNDER EXAMINATION: A CLOSER LOOK BY EXPERTS

When: September 11,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $50.00 per person

Where:
Center for Inquiry Indiana
350 Canal Walk Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Join CFI Indiana & the IUPUI Freethinkers for a
special weekend conference!

RELIGION UNDER EXAMINATION:

Most people have been born into one religion and hardly question childhood beliefs. In this global age of communication, religious and nonreligious people can now compare and criticize traditional views, with the help of religion scholars using modern techniques. Join this fresh exploration with Ibn Warraq, a scholar of the Koran and Islam; Robert Price, a biblical scholar; and John Shook, a philosopher of religion and naturalism. Institute participants will also interact with additional panelists and open discussion sessions, to develop an alternative interpretation of religion as
myth that might serve as metaphor to life.

CFI Indiana Institute: Religion under Examination: A Closer Look by Experts

September 11-13, 2009

Sponsored by Center for Inquiry Indiana & IUPUI Freethinkers

Center for Inquiry Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A

IUPUI Campus Center, 401 University Blvd

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Robert M. Price-Professor of Theology and Scriptural Studies, Johnnie Coleman Theological Seminary, Founder and Editor, Fellow, The Jesus Seminar, Executive Board Member, The Jesus Project, The Bible Geek. His books include Beyond Born Again, The Reason-Driven Life, The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, and Inerrant the Wind.

John Shook is Vice President and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, since 2006. He received his PhD in philosophy at Buffalo, and was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, is a co-editor of three philosophy journals, and travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.

Ibn Warraq, Islamic scholar and a leading figure in Koranic criticism, is a senior fellow at the Center for Inquiry?Transnational. He is the author of five important and distinguished books on Islam and Koranic criticism, including the classic Why I am Not a Muslim, 1995, The Origins of the Koran, 1998, What the Koran Really Says, 2002, and the forthcoming Which Koran??all Prometheus Books. Warraq?s op-ed pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal in America and The Guardian in London, and he has addressed distinguished governing bodies all over the world, including the United Nations in Geneva, and Members of the Dutch Parliament, at The Hague. Mr. Ibn Warraq completed in 2007, a critical study of the thought of Edward Said, Defending the West, which Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism, described as ?a glorious work of scholarship, and it is going to contribute mightily to modernizing the way we think about Western civilization and the rest of the world."

Learn more here:
http://secularhumanism.meetup.com/13/calendar/11010586/

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