The Superiority of Secular Morality with Matt Dillahunty

**** This is a cross-post from the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego ****

Matt Dillahunty is best known as the erudite host of the public-access television show The Atheist Experience. This very popular show (and podcast) has over 55,000 subscribers and its videos have over 9,000,000 views. Matt is also co-founder of Iron Chariots, and serves as president of the Atheist Community of Austin.

Matt grew up in a loving, Southern Baptist home and was a fundamentalist Christian for over 20 years. After eight years in the Navy and several in the hi-tech game, he set out to re-affirm his faith with designs on attending seminary and serving in the ministry.

Matt says, "After the first couple of years, reason forced me to acknowledge that my faith had not only been weakened by my studies - it had been utterly destroyed. The thoughts, writings and wisdom of people like; Robert Ingersoll, Voltaire, Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Farrell Till and many others, helped free my mind from the shackles of religion without a single moment of despair. I continue to study philosophy, religion, science, history and the many other topics which have helped me to understand reality and enjoy my life."

It’s common for religious theists to claim that their morality is far superior to secular, humanistic, and godless morality. Theists prefer their own religious morality - and the commands of their own god, but when push comes to shove the general attitude is that any religious morality based upon the commands of any god is vastly preferable to a secular morality.

Come hear Matt make a convincing argument that secular morality is indeed superior to religious morality.

This event is being sponsored by the Humanist Association of San Diego (HASD). Tickets are $20 per person. Purchase tickets at the HASD meetup website HERE or at the door on the evening of the event. Member organizations of the San Diego Coalition of Reason are happy to support this event, and will be present to share about their secular groups. So come early, have a look around, and meet some fellow heathens!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Video of Matt Dillahunty's San Diego talk on the Superiority of Secular Morality has been posted on The Backyard Skeptics webpage at:
    http://backyardskeptics.com/wordpress/new-streaming-video/

    - scroll down and click on:
    "Watch meeting from Backyard Skeptics meeting and other local lectures"

    - Create a free account or login if you already have one

    - Click on Matt Dillahunty and start watching

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • jay

    Such a great time. Nice to see people who feel like I do.

    January 13, 2013

  • Robert (Rob) H.

    fantastic

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    we stopped counting at 230 people

    January 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you all for coming

      January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have 40 tickets left. I am keeping online sales open until 2 pm and then after all 200 seats are taken, that's it
    this is going to be great!

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to make one last announcement
    We are having dinner at Bamboo Lounge following the event (1475 University Ave), we are also running really low on first few front row seats. If you want one, get yours now before they are gone. To answer ticket questions, just bring your paypal receipt, or use your name to get in (we have a guest list). At noon Saturday online sales close. Also, one last note: We want to make sure that everyone who wants to come to this has a chance to attend. We also realize that being broke only feels worse when there are interesting things to do. We have a limited number of gratis admissions. We had a very generous person make sure that a limited number of people who had not yet purchased their ticket had a chance to come. So if you have not yet purchased your ticket and cost IS the issue, email us [masked]. Everything will be kept confidential, and we will make sure that you can come if you really want to (but the donor said no refunds).

    January 11, 2013

  • Taylor

    Just in case anyone wants to debate Matt on his Morality lecture, you might want to watch the last episode of The Atheist Experience (or if you simply want to enjoy this delectable show) as one of the callers tries to do so on a number of statements that Matt makes in his lecture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_fDZl-WGtQ&feature=em-uploademail

    1 · January 10, 2013

  • Shawn

    Matt is definitely one of my favorite advocates of atheists. I'll do my best to make it if I can. I have a few questions I want to ask him. Namely, what is his stance on subjective and objective morality, and if it's subjective, how he explains this to peole who think it's objective or vice versa if he's an objective moralist. I'm thinking he's subjective, but I don't know for sure. Also, if anybody here wants to give their own two cents on the subject and wants to debate me against subjective morality, let me know. :)

    December 29, 2012

    • Taylor

      Matt explains this in his lecture.

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone, we are going to be doing a last minute major price adjustment.

    In being ambitious, we reserved a ballroom at one of the few nice hotels with free parking, we have complimentary coffee and hors d'oeuvres, are flying our speaking in with an honorarium, and rented an extra room for the Humanist and Atheist Parents. This event led us to set a significantly higher price point that we otherwise would have. $20 is generally affordable but not all.

    In the spirit of community and making this event available to more people, we are reducing admission to $10 advance, $15 at the door, $20 reserved seating. Reserved seating is the first few rows.

    For those who have already paid, you will receive an option for a $10 per seat refund or a reserved seat. We will also be offering advanced senior/student/military discounts on sdhumanist.org. This will be available later this afternoon as I adjust the paypal button.

    January 4, 2013

  • David B.

    Would have liked to, but will be out if town

    December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    btw you can also pay at our website sdhumanist.org

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A couple quick things: There will be no advanced discount, but we expect that the ballroom will fill up, so please reserve your seat early. And one thing about pricing, we realize that though $20 is affordable to most- it may be a hardship for some people. If that prevents you from registering, let us know and we will work something out ([masked]). And plus, there is free parking!

    December 29, 2012

  • Noal D.

    This man maintains the clearest train of thought and makes impressively concise conclusions to any point he is making. Perhaps the best speaker I've ever seen on atheism. He definitely educated the hell out of me when I was having my doubts about heaven.

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I LOVE this guy! I had a chance to attend a taping of The Atheist Experience in Austin a couple of years ago and had dinner with the cast and crew. Loved every minute of it! :D

    December 29, 2012

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