What we're about

Skeptical Theological Discourse is a religion discussion group that gets together to talk about religion from an interested outsider's standpoint. If you're an ex-theologian seeking to scratch that Bible discussion itch, please join us. If you're a lover of antiquity, please join us. If you're deeply interested in the fundamental workings of religion, please join us. If you are a comic book fan who is dying for another canon so you may argue endlessly about the continuity errors, please join us. Join us every Monday for unprotected, penetrating discussion. We'll also have other events throughout the month. There are a few things to remember about this group:

1) This is not a counter-apologetics group or an anti-theist group. Some aspects of our study may challenge theological orthodoxy or undermine conventional religious claims, but the point is simply to study religions skeptically.
2) This is not a group to proselytize. It is a group for skeptics to study mainstream religious scholarship away from apologetic concerns.
3) We seek an open mind when reading our text and take in the good and the bad when reading it.
4) We respect scholarship and critical thinking. Even if you think Moses was a Martian, recognize there are legitimate scholars and considerations that might push us away from that interpretation of the text.
5) We are cordial and relaxed, but also civil. The point of this group is to have constructive conversations about religion to learn about religion and better understand the reality that religion exists within.
6) Please recognize this group is not for everybody. If you want to debate against Christian apologetics, there are other groups to do so. If you wish to talk about how you hate god, there are other events where you may do this. If you have unresolved anger about Christianity, we may not be the best group to help. Please feel free to have those discussions elsewhere.

Upcoming events (5+)

The Black Sun

Cafe Brazil

The Black Sun is an essay by Christian numerologist Luis Vega, discussing the satanism inherent in the lyrics of David Bowie's song The Black Star. Mr Vega spends time looking into the inherent opposition to Christian themes found in these lyrics, as well as adding in significant mythological context behind what Bowie was doing by performing this song. Our essay is found here: http://www.postscripts.org/ps-news-202.html A few questions can include the following: 1) What is the relationship of pop music and classic mores? Is there an inherent tension between being pop, and being wholesome? 2) What drives the tendency to perceive supernatural evil in central public figures? 3) What do you think about the many layers of mythology found within this text? What does this say about religion as a phenomenon? To what extent is religion public vs private?

CERN Death Sacrificial Rite

Cafe Brazil

This essay is one by Luis Vega, a Christian numerologist, where he discusses a belief that CERN, the physics research institute, has been using occult rituals and human sacrifices to open portals for the devil, based upon perceived connections & numerology. Our essay can be found here: http://www.postscripts.org/articles-1.html A few questions to ask: 1) What do efforts to associate groups such as CERN say about human thought processes? How do you think these associates connect to the religious experience? 2) What role does the occult have in establishing religion? Is the occult a necessary counterpoint to the holy? 3) What should one think about the essay in the context of fictional efforts to associate CERN with malign influence, such as the popular anime Steins;Gate? How do fictional narratives and religious narratives interrelate?

The Rise of the 4th Reich

Cafe Brazil

Our essay is by Christian numerologist Luis Vega, who argues that current themes (as of the Obama administration) reflect the influence of Satan's forces towards the end of destroying freedom in the United States to enslave the American people. Our essay can be found here: http://www.postscripts.org/articles-1.html A few questions that can be asked: 1) How does religious thinking tie back to notions of conspiracies? Are the two processes related, or do they just sometimes intersect? 2) How do certain, strongly conspiracist, thinkers sometimes impact the actual experience of religion? 3) How tightly wound do you see the reasoning employed? Are the subsets easily unpacked, or do they all fit together in a very tight worldview?

Clerical Errors- A study on entering the Catholic Priesthood

We will be reading a series of essays involving the formation of new Catholic priests and the challenges these priests face in becoming spiritually fit to lead the church. The essays are from the Catholic magazine Commonweal: https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/clerical-errors A few questions to ask: 1) What do you think motivates individuals to enter the Catholic priesthood? 2) How would you describe the ideal priest? What roles are filled by a priest in modern society? What is the role of the priest historically? 3) What would it take for you to enter the priesthood? Could you see yourself doing this? Why or why not?

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