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Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Little Canada Book Club - "Good Without God" by Greg Epstein

New Meetup: Little Canada Book Club - "Good Without God" by Greg Epstein

Patricia M.
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Saint Paul, MN
Announcing a new Meetup for Minnesota Atheists Meetup Group!

What: Little Canada Book Club - "Good Without God" by Greg Epstein

When: Sunday, December 12, 2010 1:00 PM

Where: Caribou Coffee
3354 Rice St
Little Canada, MN 55126
651-481-7137

For our December meeting we will be discussing the book "Good Without God" by Greg Epstein

From Booklist
Harvard’s humanist chaplain believes one can find purpose, compassion, and community without the existence of God. To suggest otherwise, he insists, is a form of prejudice. Yet half of all Americans, according to various polls, say they would never vote for a well-qualified atheist presidential candidate. “No other minority group in this country,” he writes, “is rejected by such large numbers” (approximately 15 percent of Americans—nearly 40 million—are atheists). Defining humanism as, simply, “goodness without God,” Epstein discusses why and how to attain it. Such humanism has, he says, roots in the ancient world and in regions as different as Asia and the Middle East. He traces it from the Epicureans to Spinoza to the Enlightenment and Jefferson’s pursuit-of-happiness doctrine. Humanists don’t deny the significance of God, but rather consider God to be the most influential literary character ever created. Throughout, he persuasively claims that the humanist approach to life can provide the nonreligious with purpose and dignity. A thoughtful account of an often contentious topic. --June Sawyers

Our tentative list for future books is:
January: "How We Decide" by Jonah Lehrer
February: "Parasite Rex" by Carl Zimmer

Due to the limited space available in the meeting room, "maybe" RSVPs will not be allowed. Please be sure to update your RSVP if your plans change.

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