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Serious Learning for Serious Atheists

Atheist Scholars Meetup is a monthly book club for Atheists who are serious about learning from a free-thinking, post-religious, and atheistic perspective, while building long-term friendships.

We don't admit people who don't self-identify as Atheists. Our group is for those who have already completed their journey to atheism and are building upon it as an intellectual foundation.

If you self-identify as an Atheist, you are invited to apply for membership by clicking on the link below. All meetings are held in Birmingham on the 4th Wednesday of every month, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. There are no membership dues, but donations to cover our direct costs are requested.

Our meeting format consists of a review and discussion of a selected book that has a strong appeal to Atheists in a rich context of science, philosophy, sociology, history, and/or psychology. All books will have a distinct atheistic or free-thinking perspective, i.e., they were written by and for Atheists or “Nones”. This is not a science or philosophy book club. A book based solely on a scientific or philosophical topic might be very interesting but does not serve the purpose of our Atheist Scholar Meetup.

In fairness to everyone attending who expects to have a meaningful discussion and productive learning experience, you must have read the chosen book prior to attending each meeting. We want active participants who can add to our discussion. Most books chosen are also available as audiobooks.

The next book we read is chosen by consensus among those members attending the prior meeting.

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Calling oneself an Atheist is just the beginning, not the end, of a life-long journey of learning, dialog and discovery. The Atheist Scholars Meetup group raises the standard among local Atheist groups by building a private membership focused on serious learning in a harmonious environment. By “Scholars”, we mean serious students of Atheism. Maybe you have been reluctant to join an Atheist group in the past or maybe you are just not interested in what the other groups in our area have to offer.

Atheist Scholars is for those who appreciate the value of exchanging ideas with a like-minded group and who enjoy asking “why” more than claiming to know “because.” It’s for committed life-long learners looking for an impressive group of smart friends to share in intellectual discussions in a supportive atmosphere.

If you call yourself an Atheist, are a life-long learner who is not gullible enough to believe in conspiracy theories, and you see the benefits of a Meetup group that offers serious book discussions with order and civility, please apply for membership in Atheist Scholars.

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If you wish to apply to join the Atheist Scholars Meetup group, click on the button below or click here. If you have questions about our group, please visit our FAQ page (http://www.meetup.com/Atheist-Scholars/messages/boards/forum/2840612).

Norm Cohen
Founder and Organizer

If you are interested in learning more about the many topics related to Atheism, www.AtheistScholar.org (http://www.atheistscholar.org/) is an excellent resource for you!

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Review and Discuss Part 1 of Andrew Seidel's "The Founding Myth"

The Birmingham Atheist Center

Join us for an educational book review and discussion of Part 1 of Andrew Seidel's "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American". Seidel, a constitutional attorney and the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, provides a fervent take-down of Christian Nationalism in his furious book debut. From Amazon.com: "Do 'In God We Trust,' the Declaration of Independence, and other historical “evidence” prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? A constitutional attorney dives into the debate about religion’s role in America’s founding. In today’s contentious political climate, understanding religion’s role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? The Founding Myth answers the question once and for all. Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, builds his case point by point, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America’s founding philosophy, showing that the Bible contradicts the Declaration of Independence’s central tenets. Thoroughly researched, this persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that America was not built on the Bible and that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American." ****** NOTE: In fairness to everyone attending who expects to have a meaningful discussion and a productive learning experience, you must have completed reading to the end of Part II of this book (to page 160) in order to attend this meeting. ****** "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American" by Andrew Siedel May 2019 297 pages 12:58 audio hardcover publisher: Sterling https://amazon.com/Founding-Myth-Christian-Nationalism-American/dp/1454933275/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3V5NDQ9A1HLYJ&keywords=founding+myth+seidel&qid=1572928103&sprefix=Founding+myth This book is also available on unabridged audio at https://amazon.com/Founding-Myth-Christian-Nationalism-American/dp/B07TLDGRBY/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1572928103 ****** The actual Meetup location is posted for members at: https://www.meetup.com/Atheist-Scholars/messages/boards/thread/50584808#[masked] ****** Book Reviews "Andrew Seidel, a constitutional attorney who litigates cases for the Freedom of Religion Foundation, is a powerful muse on this subject. The Founding Myth is an invigorating double-shot espresso that reveals how the original Constitution and the version slathered in religious tomes to serve political purposes are not the same document.” —New York Journal of Books “Seidel is far from the first author to address the historical myths and confusions of political philosophy that sustain Christian nationalism. But no one has written a book quite like this before, because of its sweep, its depth, its viewpoint and its tone. ‘The Founding Myth’ goes far beyond debunking the false history that Christian nationalists advance to a detailed examination of how biblical principles are fundamentally at odds with our constitutional order.” —Salon.com ****** About the Author Andrew L. Seidel works as a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF.org), litigating cases involving religion and the Constitution. He has appeared on Fox and Friends, MSNBC, and The O'Reilly Factor; numerous radio shows; speaks and writes extensively about religious freedom; and has been profiled on BBC News, Buzz Feed, and International Business Times.

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Review & Discuss Part 2 of Dawkins' "The God Delusion"

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