Book review / Discussion with Theists on "God is not Great"

My friend Tim, from the Orlando Spiritual Topics Book Club, will be hosting a book review on Christopher Hitchen's "God is not Great". He has welcomed us to join him. You can either join his meetup group or RSVP here and I will keep him updated on how many of us will be there.

I know many have read this book in our group, but if you don't have time it is still OK to come and join the discussion. When discussing with theists I would always recommend to be respectful of them as individuals even if you don't respect their beliefs. This makes the discussion better and more civilized. But I will warn that it can get a little emotionally heated at times from past experiences ;)

Hope to see some of you there.

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  • joe b.

    Good discussion, definitely pointed to the difficulty that atheists and theists have communicating, even when making a real effort. I'm still hopeful for meaningful dialogue.

    March 5, 2014

  • Peter

    Got off topic multiple times (my fault as much as anyone) very interesting discussion. great bunch

    March 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good gathering. I did leave wanting to continue to address some of the theist points. I'm always amazed and not slightly pissed at how our "pro-life" theist friends rationalize the slaughter of children in the name of "god" (a la the alleged tales of Yahweh's martial exploits in the OT). It is a perverse, monstrous morality that grasps to justify this. To the hypothetical, "What if Hitler had won WWII and was able to impose his values on the world without hindrance?", I was wanting to counter: Then I guess that means "god" will just have to get off his ass and do something about the evil in the world. Then again, given the x-tian god's history of being conspicuously absent in the face of mass atrocity, I wouldn't hold much hope he'd do anything about the universal reign of the Third Reich. Besides, following St. Paul in Romans 13, x-tians would have to live content that Hitler was in place by the will of god.

    Anyway (breathe), good times. Good to see you all...

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Cecilia E.

    It was very interesting to listen different types of point of view. I wished that somebody introduce each member, who was hosting the book?, and
    when the book discussion started?

    February 25, 2014

  • Richard F.

    It was good. Time enough for participation by those who wished to contribute and ask questions. The deist handled himself well as did the athies. It was not clear to me who was moderating and when it actually started. Had to scramble for the hand-out. It would have been good to have another handout with expectations of behaviors and possible outcomes.

    2 · February 24, 2014

  • Peter

    It isn't that I don't respect belief, I just don't understand it.

    February 21, 2014

  • Richard F.

    He lead a great life, Hitchins. Amazing way to make a living. My first book of his read was "The Misionary Position."

    February 19, 2014

  • Robert "Bob" W.

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

    February 18, 2014

  • Esteban

    Hi! This sounds interesting. Is this an organized event, with set questions or topics around the book, or just open discussion? Thanks!

    February 16, 2014

    • Mike

      It's an open discussion, but Tim usually has notes he uses. I tend to think they are from sites that criticize these books, as when we discussed the God delusion, he was very biased, and had some points that Dawkins never said.

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can conduct an intelligent, rational conversation with anyone, but what exactly is rational about blind faith?
    I find the faithful largely irrational in their beliefs and flawed in their reasoning. Trying to argue otherwise seems like a futile endeavor, but I do enjoy learning from where they draw their reasons for faith.
    I likely will not be able to read and/or at least scan the book before the review, but I always pick up what Hitch puts down. I hope that I will be able to make it...

    1 · February 5, 2014

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