Our next meeting is tomorrow, Sunday 2-27-11 at Endeavor Church at 17720 NE Halsey St. (Portland, not Vancouver this time). All details are located here:
The topic is about worldviews. What is the Christian worldview? What is the naturalist (atheist/agnostic) worldview? What are their pluses and minuses? We’ll have an Evangelical Christian seminary professor and local Secular Humanist leader give their perspectives, followed by ample time for audience Q&A.
There’s something new and exciting with this specific meetup. It seems like most of the ones in the past were very sparsely populated by Christians. For a big change this time, there’s expected to be maybe 70 Christians. This will be an interesting time for the Secular Humanist position to hopefully be challenged by many people, and also a chance to expose many Christians to what Secular Humanists believe.
For the naturalist (one who denies the existence of the supernatural), I personally think this is the best book out there to describe the worldview, which heavily draws on science:
“The Sacred Depths of Nature”
This may be ‘too religious’ to many atheists, as the terminology gets quite religious at times, even though there is no belief in God at all. This approach is called ‘religious naturalism.’ More info is here:
An interesting aspect of the worldview is called “The Epic of Evolution” which shows how evolution is such a major component of our naturalist worldview. And it isn’t just biological evolution, but evolution of everything since the big bang (how matter forms from energy, how stars are formed, the elements in the periodic table, etc.):
In my experience, most atheists would strongly object to ‘religious naturalism’ because they define religion as having a requirement that one believes in God. So accordingly, they take great insult at being told that they have a religion of their own. But as for me, as an atheist, if someone told me that I have a godless religion, it wouldn’t bother me at all.