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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.

We don't admit people who can't attend in person. Our meetings are held in Birmingham, Michigan.

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, Michigan on the 4th Tuesday of every month, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. There are no membership dues, but donations to cover our direct costs are requested twice a year.

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.


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.


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 & Discuss Part 2 of "Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely"

YOU MUST RSVP TO RECEIVE A LINK that is required to join our video meeting on January 26th. Join us for an educational book review and lively discussion of part 2 of "Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely." Denis Diderot is known for bringing the world's first comprehensive encyclopedia into existence. After he was thrown into prison for his atheism in 1749, he decided to reserve his best books for posterity. This is a warm and appreciative biography of a ground-breaking intellectual and atheist of 18th century France. The author and historian writes clearly and is an expert on his subject. ****** NOTE: For this video conference meeting, you must have a computer with a camera, microphone and speakers or headset. We are using Zoom to host this meeting, but you don't need a Zoom account to join the meeting. YOU MUST RSVP TO RECEIVE A LINK that is required to join our video meeting on January 26th. ******* From Amazon.com: "Denis Diderot is often associated with the decades-long battle to bring the world’s first comprehensive Encyclopédie into existence. But his most daring writing took place in the shadows. Thrown into prison for his atheism in 1749, Diderot decided to reserve his best books for posterity–for us, in fact. In the astonishing cache of unpublished writings left behind after his death, Diderot challenged virtually all of his century's accepted truths, from the sanctity of monarchy to the racial justification of the slave trade, to the norms of human sexuality. One of Diderot’s most attentive readers during his lifetime was Catherine the Great, who not only supported him financially but invited him to St. Petersburg to talk about the possibility of democratizing the Russian empire. In this thematically organized biography, Andrew S. Curran vividly describes Diderot’s tormented relationship with Rousseau, his curious correspondence with Voltaire, his passionate affairs, and his often iconoclastic stands on art, theater, morality, politics, and religion. But what this book brings out most brilliantly is how the writer's personal turmoil was an essential part of his genius and his ability to flout taboos, dogma, and convention." ****** NOTE: In fairness to everyone attending who expects to have a meaningful discussion and a productive learning experience, you must have completed the reading of all of this book in order to attend this meeting. ****** "Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely" by Andrew Curran January 2019 Unabridged edition: 400 pages Audio: 13 hours and 18 minutes unabridged paperback: https://smile.amazon.com/Diderot-Thinking-Freely-Andrew-Curran/dp/1635420393/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2GA1NES4WMOFX unabridged audiobook: https://smile.amazon.com/Diderot-Art-Thinking-Freely/dp/B07TYPFSJD/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0 ****** ALSO: Watch the lecture about this book given in October by the author on the American Humanist Association website: https://americanhumanistcenterforeducation.org/diderot-and-the-art-of-thinking-freely/ ****** About the Author Andrew S. Curran is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University. The author of two previous books, Sublime Disorder: Physical Monstrosity in Diderot’s Universe and The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment, Curran is a Fellow in the history of medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. ****** Book Reviews “Engrossing…a narrative sustained with appealing clarity and energy…readers of this biography are likely to be impressed by the scope of Diderot’s thought and by his courage.” —Washington Post “A clear and compelling account of this magnificent but mercurial thinker…With confidence and care, Curran traces Diderot’s breathtaking intellectual itinerary…cogent and insightful.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

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