For the duration of coronavirus restrictions, our meetings will be online. It's not nearly as fun, but it's a lot better than nothing. And it's easier to get to.
We read and discuss one book per month, each focusing on a big idea: why does the world exist, secularism, theism, poverty, immigration, the history of Europe, Flemish cycling culture...
The core of this group are members of Antwerp International Protestant Church, but we have our skeptical atheist/agnostic members as well, which keeps the conversation interesting. We all enjoy good writing and intelligent discussion of big ideas.
Our 2020 Book List: 1. Why Does the World Exist?, Jim Holt (An atheist's investigation into why there is something rather than nothing) 2. The Question of God, Armand Nicholi: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud debate God, love, sex, and the meaning of life 3. Poor Economics, Banerjee & Duflo OR The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier (we haven't decided yet) 4. A Secular Age, Charles Taylor (A philosopher explores the implications of the massive change from living in religious to secular societies) 5. Confessions, Augustine (An ancient African bishop confesses his sins with rare psychological insight and his faith in God with great intellect) 6. The Beast, the Emperor, and the Milkman: a Bone-Shaking Tour Through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands, Harry Pearson (To understand our home in Flanders, we have to understand something about cycling. A field trip may be in order when we discuss this book!) 7. Ajax, the Dutch, the War: the Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe’s Darkest Hour, Simon Kuper (Soccer becomes a lens to view the horror and heroism of WWII)
We live in the West, which used to answer life's big questions with belief in God. Not any more. We live in a secular age. Can we still live life in the modern world with wonder and gratitude? What can learn about the meaning of life from reading the classics of Western civilization? And is it still possible to believe in God?