Western Sydney Freethinkers have been holding an excellent series of talks on topics of interest to atheists, skeptics and others in the Freethought Community at Penrith School of Arts (U3A) Building since 2009.
the August 19th evening talk will expose the cultish aspects of fundamentalist Christianity.
Keith Mascord will introduce his book 'A Restless Faith: Leaving fundamentalism in a quest for God'. Keith is a Canadian-born Australian, who has been a priest, an academic, a chaplain and a parole officer. For 15 years, he taught at the Anglican Seminary in Sydney, but in 2007, he wrote an Open Letter calling for reform in the Sydney Anglican Diocese.
It's a book that doesn't hold back punches. Fundies will find it challenging and confronting, liberal believers may feel liberated and encouraged. Keith's book is a journey of faith, from days at Prairie Bible Institute in Canada, through Anglican evangelicalism in Australia, now to a gentle and 'sustainable' faith.
After a fundamentalist childhood comes gradual but relentless questioning, discovery that the Noah story is myth, and revealing doctoral studies on American philosopher & apologist Alvin Plantinga. Still a Christian, Keith has new ideas on how the Bible can be read and appropriated in a 21st century world.
Keith has said he loves to talk to freethinkers and is committed to free thought & expression, and is more than happy to address any question or comments from the book.
There will also be a structured Q&A panel session after the talk which will include representatives of various faith positions. It's hoped to get a lot of interesting debate and dialog, so come along for what is sure to be a compelling talk.
Atheists, Humanists, Skeptics and Freethinkers from all over the greater Sydney area are welcome to enjoy what should be a fascinating event. Stay for socialising with the like-minded and the differently-minded afterwards.