Burnsville Book Club - The God Argument by A.C. Grayling

Note: Due to scheduling and reservation problems, this book club will not meet at the normal place or time. Next month will be back to the usual location.

Join us for a fun evening as we discuss The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism by A.C. Grayling.


The discussion will begin in the large conference room of the Burnhaven Library at 6:00 P.M. The library closes at 8:15 P.M., hopefully after everyone has an opportunity to share their book recommendations and other ideas for group events.


From amazon.com:
What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief--all of them--right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate?
Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality? Is there a worldview and a code of life for thoughtful people--those who wish to live with intellectual integrity, based on reason, evidence, and a desire to do and be good--that does not interfere with people's right to their own beliefs and freedom of expression?
In The Case Against Religion, Anthony Grayling offers a definitive examination of these questions, and an in-depth exploration of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person.


Please come prepared with your ideas and suggestions for future book discussions!

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  • steve n.

    work requirements

    July 10, 2013

  • Carl

    Hmm not sure what you just said but okay.

    July 9, 2013

  • Brad P.

    Sorry, I'm busy filling young minds.

    July 9, 2013

  • Brad P.

    Does Grayling deal with the claim/argument that the metalogic symbol, the Sheffer Stroke is god. That is the sheffer stroke is able to convert a pair of false statements i.e. statements about non-existing situations (e.g. there is a unicorn and centaur in this room) and convert it into a true statement, i.e. a statement about an existing state of affairs. A traditional definition of god is an entity that is able to create something (something existing, a true claim) from nothing (something non-existing, a false claim). If creation ex nihilo is the criteria, then the Sheffer Stroke is god. Q.E.D.

    July 9, 2013

  • Dawn M.

    Had to cancel since I haven't received the book yet.

    July 8, 2013

    • Chuck13

      Dawn since you are probably familiar with arguments on the existence of gods and for humanism you will certainly be well equipped for any discussion - please gel free to come!

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Dawn M.

    Gonna have to bow out since i'm still waiting for the book. Have a nice discussion!

    July 8, 2013

  • Gina

    Sorry to hear you'll have to miss the next meetup.
    Can this meetup be listed on the atheist meetup site so new people can find put about it? It's only shown on the calendar.

    June 26, 2013

    • Andrew L.

      I don't know how to do that, but it looks like someone already did add it to the mnatheists.org website.

      June 26, 2013

    • Andrew L.

      To whomever did that, you got the location of the meetup wrong. We're meeting at the Burnhaven Library, not at a motel.

      June 26, 2013

  • Carl

    I can help with the discussion since I suggested the book.

    June 26, 2013

  • Andrew L.

    Well this is awkward. It looks like I might not be able to be here for the meetup. Could anyone else head the discussion?

    June 26, 2013

  • Julie

    Beer and pizza from Davanni's?

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Dawn M.

    Bud Light or Miller Lite?

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Gina

    At the site it says - light refreshments may be served.

    June 15, 2013

  • Chuck13

    Hey I suspect the library does not serve food or drink but are we allowed to bring our own take out and non-alcoholic beverages?

    June 15, 2013

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