Arrive anytime between 1:00 and 2:00, here's the schedule:
1:00-1:15 p.m. – Social time
1:15-1:45 p.m. – Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Break
2:00-3:30 p.m. – Public Lecture
4:00-whenever – Dinner at Broadway Pizza, 2025 West River Road North, Minneapolis, MN - Please RSPV for Dinner Here
*There isn't a whole lot of parking at North Regional Library, so if you can carpool or take an alternate form of transportation, it is advised. Otherwise, show up early to assure you get a good parking spot!
October's Guest Speaker is Stephanie Zvan giving her talk on Justice in a "Just World"
Stephanie is a local celebrity in the atheist community. She has a blog on freethoughtblogs.com called Almost Diamonds, she is one of the hosts for Atheists Talk, and she speaks on science and skepticism in a number of venues. We are thrilled to have her as our October meeting featured speaker giving a presentation:
Justice in a "Just World"
Is the world we live in fair? We tell children it isn't, though we often do that just to get them to be quiet.
The idea that the world is fair is embedded in many of the world's religions. Galatians 6 tells us that we shall sow what we reap, that if we do good, we will receive our reward. In context, this reward is clearly supposed to arrive after we die. However, that hasn't stopped many believers and traditions from assuming that God will grant them favors in this world if they are only pious enough.
The concept of karma explicitly tells us that we are rewarded or punished for our actions. Again, the consequences sometimes come to us in this life, sometimes in the next. Either way, the events of our lives are dictated by our own worthiness.
Even without religion, many of us believe that the world is somehow balanced. We let go of the gods who are supposed to make the world just, but we don't—or can't—let go of the idea that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to those who have somehow earned their problems.
Unfortunately, that idea has consequences. On October 21, at the monthly meeting, Stephanie Zvan will tell us what those consequences are and what we can do to counter the false belief in a just world.