Austin Dacey, author of The Secular
Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life, will discuss his new book with
us. While religious sectarians have taken the public stage and tried to
entwine themselves with government, people whose ethics are not taken directly
from Scripture of one kind or another have emphasized the separation of church
and state and often withdrawn from public discussion, characterizing morals as a
private concern and their public discussion as a political program in
disguise. Dacey makes a case for science-oriented agnostics and
atheists to participate in public discussion of ethics in an environment where
religion and science can meaningfully speak to each other. This
book, a little over 200 pages, can readily be digested before the book club
meeting but, for those unable to get their hands on it or finish it in time, a
summary will be available in advance in the Files section of Richie's List
Meet-up and the Secular Humanist Society of NY Meet-up. We'll send a special
notice when they become available.
This will be a great opportunity,
Thursday evening, June 19th, 6:30-8 PM at Muhlenberg Library, 3rd flr, 209 W.
23rd St (7th Ave.), New York, NY 10021.