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Can Anyone Really Be a "Freethinker"?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "freethinker" as "a person who thinks freely or independently : one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority; especially : one who rejects or is skeptical of religious dogma." The Freethought viewpoint claims that one's position should be formed "on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, revelation, or dogma." Whatever we think of this traditional (at least since the 17th century!) understanding of "freethought," what are the parameters and limits of "thought" and "thinking freely"? Can any viewpoint truly be "free thinking"? Let's explore these issues of "freedom of thought" and consider what inherent limits there might be for any thought-system.

Memorial Presbyterian Church

1300 S. Olive Ave · West Palm Beach, FL

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ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS: Philosophy is the "love of wisdom." Even if you haven't studied much philosophy, you can still ask the big questions. After all, Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. And who says philosophy has to be boring?

In our Socrates Cafe, we want to ask the big questions: • What is the meaning of life?
• Why does anything exist at all?
• Why should I be moral? What is the good life?
• Why do evils take place—like an earthquake in Haiti?
• Is there truth?
• Is there a God, and if so, can we know God?
• Are all religions basically the same?
• Do we have free will, or are we more like puppets on strings?

For anyone who is willing to ask the big, life-defining questions, this group is for you! Hopefully, we'll come away with more than just interesting answers to our questions or new thoughts to ponder; maybe these discussions can even help change the direction of our lives in the pursuit of wisdom!

WHO CAN COME? Thinkers and seekers from all perspectives are welcome. At each monthly meeting, we'll do three things:

(1) We'll talk about some philosophical, ethical, or theological topic.
(2) We'll have a discussion with lots of Q&A. Everyone is welcome to participate. You don't have to agree. We just ask that you ask questions and interact cordially.
(3) Then, we’ll continue the discussion around some snacks and beverages.

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