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Let's talk: Let's read. Let's watch videos and discuss social justice, needed reforms, privilege, power and oppression. On our website, reasoncenter.org, we have posted a few links to short videos to provide some food for thought: A few questions to get us started: Where do we fit in? Where do I fit in? What can we do? How can we effect change?
An important part of our gatherings at Reason Center is meeting people and finding out about their backgrounds and what led them to this community. Most of us have our own story from our childhood and adolescence that in one way or another shaped our current ideas. Some of our stories are emotional, some are shocking, some are benign. We all like to be heard and many of us want to hear the stories of others. While we can't be together in person, let's meet online and get to know one another better.
The history of ancient Christianity is an endlessly fascinating topic. Don Fox and Steve Thoreson are facilitating this meet up to review the history of Rome, religions of the Roman empire, Gnosticism, Mystery cults, history of Christian persecutions, biographies of major Christians, the history of the Bible and many other related topics. If you ever wanted to sort out Eusebius from Clement, or Constantine from Diocletian, or the Vulgate from the Septuagint, then this group is for you. Previous biblical knowledge is not required to participate. We will be meeting every third Sunday. Each meeting a specific topic will be covered. Check the comment section to find out what the current readings and topics of discussion are.
We'll be discussing two books! The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine 144 pages Thomas Paine, a seminal figure in American History, was an Englishman by birth who immigrated to America in 1774, where he quickly took up the cause of the independence of the American colonies from England. His famous work “Common Sense”, published in 1776, helped to gain public support for the American Revolution and established him as a central figure among the founding fathers. Later, while living in France during the French Revolution, Paine was dismayed by the increasing political radicalism of the revolutionary movement. In response he wrote the first part of “The Age of Reason” in 1794, with two more parts published in 1795 and 1807. In this influential and controversial work, Paine turns his attention to a philosophical examination of Christianity. Paine lays the foundation of his Secularist Deist philosophy and argues that God is real but that the Bible is not the word of God and is merely a human work that is flawed and inaccurate. Paine further contended that Jesus was not divine, rejected belief in miracles, and argued the world was governed by the laws of nature. Paine criticized organized religion as power hungry and corrupt and advocated for religious tolerance and freedom of thought. Accessible, clever, humorous, and far ahead of its time, “The Age of Reason” continues to resonate with readers today. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance, 291 pages Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. Come with a few thoughts/ideas about the book to discuss! About the Venue For this month's book club we'll be hosting it at the Sacramento Reason Center (http://www.reasoncenter.org/). A price of $1.00 per person is strongly suggested (but don't let the high price discourage you from attending, we'll figure out how to pay for everyone attending) About the Book Club • We're glad to have you join us - if you hate the book, love the book, or even didn't finish the book. If you're a newcomer, get a head start on the book for next month by looking at the monthly lineup (https://www.meetup.com/SacFAN/messages/boards/thread/52578081)!