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Meetup details changed: LASH/C'ville Skeptics Potluck Picnic - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing: http://www.meetup.com/vafr-org­/calendar/14846346/ When : Saturday, September 25,[masked]:00 PM Paul Sep 21, 2010 1:23 PM
New Meetup: "The Joy of Godless Sex" by Fred Edwords at The George Washington U. - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: "The Joy of Godless Sex" by Fred Edwords at The George Washington U. When: Wednesday, September 16,[masked]:00 PM Where: George Washin Shelley M. Sep 4, 2009 10:43 AM
Hey - Preview not available Marcia Jul 13, 2009 4:53 AM
New Meetup: Book Discussion "Ellery's Protest" (City of Fairfax, VA) - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Book Discussion "Ellery's Protest" (City of Fairfax, VA) When: September 19,[masked]:00 PM Where: City of Fairfax Regional Library Shelley M. Jul 3, 2009 8:11 PM
New Meetup: Book Discussion "Letter to a Christian Nation" - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Book Discussion "Letter to a Christian Nation" When: Saturday, July 18,[masked]:00 PM Where: Oakton, VA Meetup Description: We w Shelley M. May 3, 2009 9:56 PM
New Meetup: Dr. Ellery Schempp @ William & Mary - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Dr. Ellery Schempp @ William & Mary When: Tuesday, March 31,[masked]:00 PM Where: Williamsburg, VA Meetup Description: This event is h Shelley M. Mar 5, 2009 2:06 PM
New Meetup: Dr. Ellery Schempp "Patriotism and Separation of Church and State" - When: March 28,[masked]:00 PM Where: Central VA Community College 3506 Wards Road Lynchburg, VA[masked] Dr. Ellery Schempp "Patriotism and ? Shelley M. Mar 5, 2009 1:07 PM
New Meetup: Book Discussion "Godless" - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Book Discussion "Godless" When: Saturday, May 30,[masked]:00 PM Where: Fairfax, VA Meetup Description: We will be discussing &qu Shelley M. Mar 2, 2009 3:35 PM
New Meetup: Ellery Schempp "Constitution and the Bible" - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Ellery Schempp "Constitution and the Bible" When: April 6,[masked]:00 PM Where: Click the link below to find out! Meetup Descrip Shelley M. Feb 24, 2009 11:31 AM
New Meetup: Ellery Schempp "Patriotism and Separation of Chruch and State" - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Ellery Schempp "Patriotism and Separation of Chruch and State" When: April 1,[masked]:00 PM Where: Click the link below to find out! Shelley M. Feb 19, 2009 9:53 PM
Lawrence Bush & atheist Yiddishkeit - Science and Boundaries: Should Humanists Fear Scientific Innovation? From the September 2008 issue of Jewish Currents "Religion and Skepticism" column Lawrence B ralphellectual Feb 13, 2009 7:49 PM
New Meetup: Ellery Schempp "Why Do We Believe What We Believe?" - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Ellery Schempp "Why Do We Believe What We Believe?" When: April 2,[masked]:00 PM Where: George Mason University Meetup Descripti Shelley M. Feb 10, 2009 10:04 AM
New Meetup: Ellery Schempp "What is Freedom?" - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Ellery Schempp "What is Freedom?" When: March 30,[masked]:00 PM Where: Virginia Commonwealth University Meetup Description: This Shelley M. Feb 10, 2009 10:03 AM
How the Vatican saved Eichmann - Philosopher Steven Law blogs on the subject: http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com­/2009/02/how-vatican-saved-eic­hmann.html ralphellectual Feb 5, 2009 1:24 PM
Animus: Religion & Secularity - I haven't read any of these articles as yet, but there's all on the web for the picking, if you're interested in philosophy and intellectual history: Animus: The Canadian Journal of Philosophy and Humanities , Volume 9 (2 ralphellectual Feb 4, 2009 11:28 PM
Evolution of God(s) - March 07, 2009, 2:30 PM Evolution of God(s) Roundtable Participants: Beate Pongratz-Leisten, Tyler Volk (moderator), Rob ralphellectual Feb 4, 2009 8:29 PM
New Meetup: Oakton: "Is Christianity Good for the World?" (Book Discussion) - Announcing a new Meetup for Virginia Freethought Renaissance (VFR)! What: Oakton: "Is Christianity Good for the World?" (Book Discussion) When: March 7,[masked]:00 PM Meetup Description: We will be discussing &quo Shelley M. Feb 1, 2009 10:33 AM
Dan Barker VC/DC Tour! - I wanted to remind you all of the upcoming tour with Dan Barker. Dan Barker is the co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He will be here February 2-6, 2009. I hope to see all of you at one or more of these events. To make i Shelley M. Feb 1, 2009 10:16 AM
The Impossibility of God - The Impossibility of God edited by Michael Martin and Ricki Monnier reviewed by Austin Cline, About.com http://atheism.abo ralphellectual Jan 30, 2009 3:06 PM
Charles Darwin vs slavery - Charles Darwin's research to prove evolution was motivated by his desire to end slavery By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent 24 Jan 2009 The Daily Telegraph ralphellectual Jan 30, 2009 12:54 PM
Commonsense Darwinism - Commonsense Darwinism: Evolution, Morality, and the Human Conditio n John Lemos Open Court Pub. http://www.opencourtbooks.com/­books_n/ ralphellectual Jan 27, 2009 3:35 PM
The Big Religion Problems?Solved! - Equal Time For Freethought Show 291: The Big Religion Problems���Solved! Jan 18th, 2009 ���The Big Religion Problems���Solved!��� w/Gregory S. Paul http://www.equaltimeforfreetho­ught.org/2009/01/18/show-291-t­he-big-religion-pr ralphellectual Jan 25, 2009 6:34 AM
Freethought Across the Centuries - I've never read this book, though I have some histories of freethought: Larue, Gerald A. "Freethought Across the Centuries: Toward a New Age of Enlightenment. Amherst, NY: Humanist Press, 1996. xi, 516 pp. http://www.amazon.com/Freethou­ght-Across-Cen ralphellectual Jan 19, 2009 9:39 PM
I Sold My Soul on eBay - Mehta, Hemant. I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith Through an Atheist?s Eyes . Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 2007. xii, 210 pp. Contents: Introduction : the question of faith -- Selling my soul on eBay -- ralphellectual Jan 15, 2009 4:26 PM
My Jesus Year - Cohen, Benyamin. My Jesus Year: A Rabbi?s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith . New York: HarperOne, 2008. x, 252 pp. ralphellectual Jan 15, 2009 3:36 PM
Announcing a new meetup: Luncheon with Dan Barker - Dan Barker will be visiting the DC/VA area February 1st - 5th. There will be 7 events in total... most will be posted this week. Please keep the overall schedule in mind when choosing what event to attend. This event is ideal for people in the Richmond a Shelley M. Jan 6, 2009 7:32 AM
Varieties of Scientific Experience (5) - Chapter 8, "Crimes Against Creation," begins with the question of tradition, survival, and rapid change. Sagan elaborates a changed perspective due to technological expansion including space exploration, and recounts his own experiences including the Mars ralphellectual Dec 26, 2008 1:32 PM
Varieties of Scientific Experience (4) - With chapter 7 we make the transition to "the religious experience." Sagan purports to reconstruct the history of religious experience, beginning with some hunter-gatherer societies which are devoid of hierarchy and who encourage altered states of conscio ralphellectual Dec 26, 2008 10:21 AM
Religious revival from Swedish standpoint - Axess , No. 1, 2008. Theme: A revival for religion http://www.axess.se/english/20­08/01/index.php.htm ralphellectual Dec 18, 2008 1:44 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Aquinas debunked - Preview not available Raul A. Dec 16, 2008 12:55 PM
Dangerous mind? Stephen Howe on Edward Said - Dangerous mind? by Stephen Howe New Humanist , Volume 123 Issue 6 November/December 2008 http://newhumanist.org.uk/1908­ "Stephen How ralphellectual Dec 16, 2008 12:17 PM
Aquinas debunked - Thinkers: Thomas Aquinas by Shadia Drury New Humanist , Volume 123 Issue 6 November/December 2008 http://newhumanist.org.uk/1933­ "Thomas A ralphellectual Dec 16, 2008 11:42 AM
Nihil Unbound - Nihil Unbound by Ray Brassier reviewed by Daniel Miller New Humanist , Volume 122 Issue 6 November/December 2007 http://newhumanist.org.uk/1643­ ralphellectual Dec 16, 2008 10:52 AM
Six Prominent American Freethinkers - Six Prominent American Freethinkers by James Farmelant and Mark Lindley http://mrzine.monthlyreview.or­g/fl161208.html Featured here are: ralphellectual Dec 16, 2008 10:02 AM
Danish cartoons revisited - "Global warning" by Tzvetan Todorov New Humanist , Volume 122 Issue 6 November/December 2007 http://newhumanist.org.uk/1626­ "Wit ralphellectual Dec 16, 2008 9:10 AM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Mark Vernon on atheism, humanism, agnosticism - Now I wonder whether it is even worth bothering with Vernon's books. Judging from his Philosophy & Life blog, I find him a complete airhead: h ralphellectual Dec 10, 2008 1:51 PM
Mark Vernon on atheism, humanism, agnosticism - Mark Vernon started out as an Anglican priest, then migrated to philosophy and journalism: http://www.markvernon.com/ Two of his books are pertinent to our conc ralphellectual Dec 10, 2008 8:04 AM
The GodAwful Truth - Re the book: The God Awful Truth About Heaven by Jack Beam. There's a web site for it: http://www.thegodawfultruth.co­m/ Hard to know what to make of this. Seems that the author became an agnostic once he began to look into heaven. ralphellectual Dec 7, 2008 1:29 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Metallica & Philosophy - Preview not available Raul A. Dec 6, 2008 6:54 PM
Metallica & Philosophy - METALLICA, NIETZSCHE, AND MARX: The Immorality of Morality PETER S. FOSL http://secularhumanism.org/met­allica.pdf The author compares Metallica's attack on religion on the basis of morality with the views of Nietzsche and Marx. He finds the consequen ralphellectual Dec 6, 2008 6:49 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Tamas Pataki Against Religion - January's book is "Is Christianity Good for the World?" by Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens. It's short (roughly 60 pages) and you can either buy the book, read it online, or watch the video. If you choose to go with one of the online options you Shelley M. Dec 2, 2008 11:14 AM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Tamas Pataki Against Religion - user 4. Dec 2, 2008 11:05 AM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Tamas Pataki Against Religion - I have already chosen the book for January ( http://www.meetup.com/vafr-org­/calendar/9261385/ ) and March but I'd be happy to consider this suggestion for May... does anyone else have thoughts to share on this topic? - Shelley --- On Wed, 11/26/08 Shelley M. Dec 1, 2008 9:13 PM
Tamas Pataki Against Religion - Review Article: Tamas Pataki, Against Religion by Russe ralphellectual Nov 26, 2008 8:50 AM
An open letter to members of the Atheist Book Club - An open letter to members of the Atheist Book Club: Hi! My name is Shelley Mountjoy and I've recently become Organizer of this Meetup group. Many of you may recognize me from Beltway Atheists. A few of you have been asking me what my plans a Shelley M. Nov 24, 2008 4:08 PM
November Meetup Details (The Varieties of Scientific Experiences) - Hey everyone, There will be a meetup today, as scheduled. This email is mainly for those that are new to the group or have not attended a meetup yet. We will meet at the Cosi near Dupont Circle NORTH. Raul A. Nov 18, 2008 10:31 AM
RE: [bookclub-1222] New Meetup: November Meetup: The Varieties of Scientific ... - Martin Nov 9, 2008 3:44 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] New Meetup: November Meetup: The Varieties of Scientific ... - user 4. Nov 9, 2008 3:35 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] New Meetup: November Meetup: The Varieties of Scientific Experience - Raul, I was wondering the same thing, Do we have enough interest to continue user 6. Nov 9, 2008 3:22 PM
New Meetup: November Meetup: The Varieties of Scientific Experience - Hey everyone, below are the details for this month's meetup. To be perfectly honest, my interest in organizing this group is declining and this is possibly the last meetup I will organize. I apologize that you're getting this email on short notice, but Raul A. Nov 9, 2008 11:36 AM
Re: [bookclub-1222] November Meetup Details - user 6. Nov 2, 2008 9:33 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] November Meetup Details - I made it but nobody else did. I had a great bowl of three bean chilli user 6. Nov 1, 2008 3:33 PM
November Meetup Details - Hey, Sorry for missing the meetup earlier this week. I hope things went well. How did the meetup go? I'd like to schedule the November meetup, so did we decide on a book and date? If the meetup didn't take place, I suppose we'll Raul A. Nov 1, 2008 12:32 PM
Varieties of Scientific Experience (3) - Chapter 5 continued: Wish fulfillment can be strong that people become angry when their beliefs are debunked. The Catholic Church itself assumes skepticism when it investigates claims of miracles. Sagan recounts one story where ralphellectual Oct 29, 2008 8:16 AM
Christ the Vampire & other ghoulish goodies - I stumbled across an unread book today I had forgotten I had in my collection. Some years ago I read another amusing novel by the same author: The Last Days of Chr ist the Vampire by J. G. Eccarius. This ralphellectual Oct 28, 2008 11:55 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] The Ghost in the Universe - "The Ghost in athe Universe" has been the most stimulating and provocativ user 6. Oct 28, 2008 5:02 PM
Wed's meeting. - I will be attending Wed's discussion group and looking forward to it, even i user 6. Oct 28, 2008 1:02 PM
October Meetup (Wed 10/29) - Hey gang, Tomorrow (or today, if you're reading this on Wed) is the October meetup. Lots of you have RSVPed as "maybe" or not RSVPed at all. That's totally fine by me. Lots of people are busy and I totally understand. If you haven Raul A. Oct 27, 2008 10:32 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] The Ghost in the Universe - Jack is right that the author of Ghost in the Universe gives a straight-forward (as in really trying to keep a straight face) presentation of the side of religious superstition, but he also does a magnificent job of knocking down every pillar of su Lynne W. Oct 26, 2008 5:39 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Godless - This is a book I have already purchased because it was recommended by member user 6. Oct 26, 2008 12:00 AM
Re: [bookclub-1222] The Ghost in the Universe - I am in the process of reading Edis's book for another book club. I user 6. Oct 25, 2008 11:56 PM
RE: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God - Martin Oct 25, 2008 3:40 PM
Godless - I saw this new book in Borders today: Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (Paperback) by Dan Barker ralphellectual Oct 24, 2008 4:45 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God - Thank you for this great chronological overview! It really puts things back into perspective from the flood of everyday distractions. (A difficult perspective to hold onto - being so abstract, and at its current stage of popular recognition) I'm just Kyle B. Oct 24, 2008 4:37 PM
RE: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God - Preview not available Martin Oct 24, 2008 1:52 AM
The Ghost in the Universe - Edis, Taner. The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science . Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002. ralphellectual Oct 23, 2008 8:52 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God - To contribute to Ralphellectual's opening statement: Miss-attributions become rampant influence for divine insight. And by then, it's too late (or ...unappealing) to reconsider. Wonderful zen master joke, by the way. The appear Kyle B. Oct 23, 2008 12:31 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God - excellent points! --- On Wed, 10/22/08, ralphellectual wrote: > From: ralphellectual > Subject: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God > To: [address removed] > Date: Wednesday, Oct whitt f. Oct 23, 2008 12:18 PM
Review-a-Day: Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic - ralphellectual Oct 23, 2008 8:53 AM
RE: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God - Any sort of profound engagement could be a "religious experience", I presume. Scientific spirituality, as much as I can discern from the book's blurb, I do not find to be a convincing concept. And your friend's statement means nothing to me in term ralphellectual Oct 23, 2008 1:51 AM
RE: [bookclub-1222] Einstein's God - I haven't looked at these sites, but I have a feel for what both Einstein and other physicists like Hawking have touched on, and the word "awe" simply does not encapsulate it. It has no relevance to any known religion or concept of a god. As one great Martin Oct 22, 2008 11:14 PM
Einstein's God - Einstein's God: A New Book Explores the Scientist's Spirituality (Todd Macalister) By RUTH N. GELLER http://www.humaniststudies.org­/enews/?id=371&article=0 I think I remember Einstein's views; don't know what to make of this blurb though. I tend ralphellectual Oct 22, 2008 5:57 PM
(no subject) - user 4. Oct 21, 2008 2:37 PM
Ann Druyan interview - A propos of Carl Sagan: Equal Time for Freethought Show 278: The Scientific World View and Its Enemies ralphellectual Oct 21, 2008 1:36 PM
Varieties of Scientific Experience (2) - Chapter 3 is a portrait of the organic universe. There is a prevalence of organic molecules suitable to the genesis of life, but the precise conditions under which organic molecules become life and what kind of life they will become rem ralphellectual Oct 20, 2008 1:32 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] Varieties of Scientific Experience (1) - I've never read Sagan's original novel on which Contact is based. Hopefully someone else knows the answer to your question. - Raul On Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 11:23 AM, ralphellectual Raul A. Oct 19, 2008 4:53 AM
Varieties of Scientific Experience (1) - I'm sick of the "new atheists", so this is a good opportunity to catch up on the late Carl Sagan's thoughts. I've read the intros and the first two chapters. Sagan's wife Ann Druyan highlights, inter alia , Sagan's ralphellectual Oct 18, 2008 11:22 AM
Faith in Faithlessness - I just discovered this book in Borders today: Faith in Faithlessness: An Anthology of Atheism . Selected and with Introduction, Epilogue by Dimitrios Roussopoulos. Black Rose Books, 2008. ralphellectual Oct 17, 2008 7:43 PM
Re: [bookclub-1222] book suggestion - I would like to offer a few other suggestions: Howard Bloom, The Lucifer Principle Chris Hitchens, The Portable user 6. Sep 25, 2008 4:47 PM
Today's Meetup - Hello everyone, As all of you probably already know, today is the Atheist Book Club's September Meetup. We will meet at the NORTH Dupont Circle Cosi at 6:30 P.M. There was some confus Raul A. Sep 25, 2008 10:40 AM
Re: [bookclub-1222] book suggestion - I've never heard of this book, but it sounds excellent. Hope to see you at the next meetup, but If you can't make it on Thursday, I'll be sure to nominate this book on your behalf. - Raul Raul A. Sep 22, 2008 11:21 PM
book suggestion - I've had about enough of the "new atheists". I want to read something different. For starters, I suggest: RELIGION AND THE HUMAN PROSPECT by Alexander Saxton Monthly Review Press August 2006 ISBN[masked] $19.95 paper 256 pp. http://www.m ralphellectual Sep 22, 2008 4:23 PM
Meetup details changed: Atheist Book Club September Meetup - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing: http://bookclub.meetup.com/122­2/calendar/8628044/ When: Thursday September 25,[masked]:30 PM Raul A. Sep 8, 2008 7:05 PM
Today's Meetup - Hello everyone, this is just a reminder that the August meetup will be held TODAY at the Cosi near Dupont Circle. If you're coming by metro, exit north and it's just a short walk away. The address is: Dupont Circle - North 164 Raul A. Aug 26, 2008 10:18 AM
Atheist Book Club's August Meetup - The date for this month's meetup has changed. I'm sorry for any inconveniences. Hopefully it is still early enough to not create many problems. I do apologize. Please make note of the new date: the meetup will now take place on TUESDAY, August 26th Raul A. Aug 11, 2008 10:49 PM
Meetup details changed: Atheist Book Club August Meetup - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing: http://bookclub.meetup.com/122­2/calendar/8392310/ When: August 26,[masked]:00 PM Where: Cosci user 6. Aug 9, 2008 11:20 PM
New Meetup: Meeting to Discuss The End of Faith by Sam Harris - Announcing a new Meetup for Atheist Book Club Meetup! What: Meeting to Discuss The End of Faith by Sam Harris When: July 22,[masked]:00 PM Where: Click the link below to find out! Meetup Description: We will be d user 6. Jul 10, 2008 10:16 PM
Location for July Meeting - Cosci, at the corner of Connecticut and R Streets, has welcomed us. It's an order at the counter restaurant that serves sandwiches, salads, meals, drinks, etc. I with my bald head and white beard will try to get an outdoor space. If not I wil user 6. Jul 8, 2008 7:46 PM
Atheist book bargains at 2nd Story Books - 2nd story books in Dupont Circle has copies of The End of Faith, The God Delusion, and God is Not Great. I think they are in the world religion section. Half priced. user 6. Jul 8, 2008 7:43 PM
Three great books at bargain basement prices - Amazon has reduced the prices on the following and will not charge for mailing if your order is over $30. 1 "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stCentury" Kevin Ph user 6. Jun 26, 2008 11:40 PM
Atheist forums - I was asked to provide the e-mail address of two atheist forums. user 6. Jun 25, 2008 3:43 PM
July's book - Three of us met tonight and had a stimulating conversation talking about our positions on atheism and how we got there. It was an hour and a half of provocative conversation. In addition, we decided that next month we would discuss Sam Harris' "The user 6. Jun 24, 2008 11:11 PM
Atheist Life vs Religious Life - You should check out the following. It is a fantastic contrast that sums up the virtues of atheism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v­=DaOVPaYf780&feature= user 6. Jun 24, 2008 1:22 PM
June Meeting - Please come prepared to give us some information about the books you have read and those you think would be good ones to select for future meetings. This will be our first meeting, so we need to develop what it is that we want to accomplish. You can rea user 6. Jun 17, 2008 10:50 PM

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