New Meetup: Burnsville Book Club: "Flight of Peter Fromm" by Martin Gardner

From: Eric
Sent on: Thursday, October 7, 2010 7:14 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Burnsville Book Club: "Flight of Peter Fromm" by Martin Gardner

When: Wednesday, November 3,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Davanni's
14639 CR 11
Burnsville, MN 55337

We'll be discussing our very first work of fiction: Martin Gardner's novel, The Flight of Peter Fromm.

The discussion begins at 7pm in the Davanni's "Party Room", but many of us arrive at 6:30 to have a little dinner. The evening usually concludes around 9pm after everyone has an opportunity to share their book recommendations and other ideas for group events.

From amazon.com:

This is a novel of ideas disguised as the biography of a young man from a Pentecostal fundamentalist background in Oklahoma, who loses his faith while a student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His spiritual odyssey is narrated by his mentor, a professor at the divinity school - who is actually a humanist who believes neither in God nor in an afterlife. Although Peter never abandons his theism or his admiration for Jesus, he reaches a point where he feels it would be hypocritical to remain within the church and to become the evangelist he had hoped to be. The counterpoint between Peter and the narrator reflects the eternal conflict between theism and atheism. In following the changes of Peter's beliefs, almost every aspect of Protestant theology and ethics is explored. The evolution of Peter's faith parallels the evolution of Christian theology, from the day of Pentecost to contemporary liberal theology.

In December we'll be discussing The Courtier and the Heretic Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World by Matthew Stewart

In January we'll be discussing the new book by Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape

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