We do request at a minimum a couple dollar donation to cover the cost of the hall hire and any other costs we incur, we are not for profit and 100% of funds will go to operating the group. Also seeing as the hotel is doing us a very good deal for the space, we hope that you will purchase food and drink from them to remunerate them for their hospitality.
This Months talk(s) will be:
"'There Was No Jesus, There Is No God', Jesus mythicism, Bayesian reasoning and William Lane Craig" - Raphael Lataster
Religious Studies scholar, Raphael Lataster (University of Sydney), discusses various issues relating to his recently released book, ‘There Was No Jesus There Is No God’, including: - What the book is actually about - Why he wrote it - The controversy of Jesus mythicism and the thesis that formed the basis of the book - His ongoing research - Why Bayesian reasoning is awesome - Finally, a brief and humourless romp through the arguments of William Lane Craig There will be plenty of time for questions, and some jocularity.
Copies of his book will be available for $10, and signing will be available.
"21st Century Humanism" - Murray Love
Synopsis; Murray Love, a committee member of the Humanist Society of NSW and Organizer of the Humanists Meetup will talk on the value of Humanism in the 21st Century. In the last century, the label of Humanist (or Secular Humanist) seemed appropriate, but many now shed it for the clear and simple label of Atheist. Yet famous Atheists like Dawkins and Grayling and Tim Minchin retain links to the Humanist movement, and the term Humanism remains valuable for a range of lifestyle issues, social and environmental concerns, and philosophical groundings. Murray will offer ideas on how Atheists might benefit from exploring Humanism as a customisable life-stance and community of people and ideas for those going beyond 'a lack of belief in a god'.
Please note that the dinner and talks will both be at the one venue, First Floor Strattons Hotel, 249 Castlereagh Street Sydney.
Dinner will be available from 6.00pm whilst the talks will begin at 7.00pm.
You will be able to eat before or during the talks. We will also have a 15 minute intermission. This venue affords us much in the way of social possibilities as well as the talks. Please note that catering will not be available after 8.30pm. Meals are available from $10.00.
Location: 249 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW
The nearest station is Museum, whilst Town Hall Station is a 5 to 10 minute walk. Cheap parking is available at 730 George Street, $9 flat rate 6 mins from the meetup hotel.
Once a month the Meetup meets for a topical discussion with a special guest. Special guests in the past have been members of the meetup, who spoke on a topic of their choice, or experts from outside, speaking on a topic of their expertise. If you wish to speak, or know somebody who would like to speak to us, please contact Steve [masked] or Morgan [masked] 088. Slots are either 1 hour or part there of to make up the hour.