Skeptical Theological Discussion

Skeptical Theological Discourse is a religion discussion group that gets together to talk about religion from an interested outsider's standpoint. If you're an ex-apologist seeking to scratch that Bible discussion itch, please join us. If you're a lover of antiquity, please join us. If you're deeply interested in the fundamental workings of religion, please join us. If you are a comic book fan who is dying for another canon so you may argue endlessly about the continuity errors, please join us.

There are a few things to remember about this group:

1) This is not a counter-apologetics group or an anti-theist group. Some aspects of our study may challenge theological orthodoxy or undermine conventional religious claims, but the point is simply to study religions skeptically.

2) This is not a group to proselyte, rather it is a group for skeptics to study mainstream religious scholarship away from apologetic concerns.

3) We seek an open mind when reading our text, and take in the good and the bad when reading it.

4) We respect scholarship and critical thinking. Even if you think Moses was a Martian, recognize there are legitimate scholars and considerations that might push us away from that interpretation of the text.

5) We are cordial and relaxed, but also civil. The point of this group is to have constructive conversations about religion to learn about religion, and better understand the reality that religion exists within.

6) Please recognize this group is not for everybody. If you want to debate against Christian apologetics, there are other groups to do so. If you wish to talk about how you hate god, there are other events where you may do this. If you have unresolved anger about Christianity, we may not be the best group to help. Please feel free to have those discussions elsewhere.

The text for this meeting:
Galatians 4-6

Please read the text before coming. Reading beforehand isn't strictly required, but the more prepared you are, the better. Please bring a Bible, or a device that can access the Bible when you arrive. If you don't have a Bible, a copy can be cheap, and most churches will hand them out like candy.

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  • Cynthia

    or read the skeptics annotated bible on line

    August 20, 2014

    • Ryan

      We're going to be reading the Bible within the group as well. If one wants to read it off of a smartphone, a website built for it may be better:
      https://www.biblegatew...­

      Also, I'm a little bit concerned it may focus too much, and be a bit too permissive with it's selection of contradictions. Contradictions can be insightful, as they show areas of tension deserving to be explored, and that often have shaped Christian theological development, but we're not really here to discuss the many ways the Bible contradicts. Everyone here presumably knows it's a human document written by many authors. Even worse, discussing contradictions generated by an uncharitable hermeneutic may just slow down any possible fruitful discussion.

      Just my thoughts.

      1 · August 20, 2014

    • Rebecca M.

      I agree with you, Ryan. Sometimes our doubting/judging minds can get in the way of deeper insight.

      August 23, 2014

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