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[masked] Meeting of Agnostics Anonymous (sorry if you have already received this notice - had some e-mail issues)

From: FrankensteinJr
Sent on: Sunday, March 14, 2010 11:47 PM
  • [masked] AgAnon Recap:
    Our reconstituted group had a great discussion at our last gathering with the help of a couple of songs and music videos from Linkin Park and Creed. We discussed the seeming futility that the passing of time brands on all human activity and the effect of this state of affairs on any ultimate purpose or meaning. It was also a great opportunity to build new friendships with the help of certain ricotta cookies, provided by our own resident Italian baker. The night was a treat for the mind, spirit and senses!!

  • Current Meeting Preparation:
    A common thread within agnostic circles is the idea of "not knowing" (hence the term agnostic itself). Sometimes this view pursues evidentiary lines (or lack thereof) or along epistemological lines (one can never truly know). This is often contrasted with and opposed to any idea of faith which is usually founded either on evidence of some sort or direct/indirect revelation. Is the contrast and opposition valid or does agnosticism itself require some degree of faith? Calvin and Hobbes seem to always have these deep questions in mind while careening down a large hill in a wagon or in the middle of some sort of quest to conquer the known universe (their backyard). This is one of my favorites(click here). Consider the question of who gets the snowballs and who sits in the ice fort when it comes to the question of faith, knowledge and agnosticism.

  • Upcoming Meeting Content:
    Our human nature often seems to regard the time, place and culture in which we live to define all of our reality. The tendency is to consider ourselves "enlightened moderns" and those that came before as "dim-witted Neanderthals." We will turn this idea on its head (be prepared for a good deal of this kind of thing) by considering an ancient writer who methodically assessed his life and times in light of certain seemingly unchangeable human circumstances. He stated, almost 3000 years ago, that those who came after him (that would be us) would ask similar questions and if honest, would come to the same conclusions regarding the purpose of life. Was he right and does it even matter? Or asked another way, is there any real hope?

  • Upcoming Extracurricular Events:
    • Special screening of "Collision" (click here) a documentary film which pits leading atheist, political journalist and bestselling author Christopher Hitchens against fellow author, satirist and theologian Douglas Wilson (early May).
    • Field trip to Steel City for a night of poetry & music (mid-May)
    • Picnic at the Park - bring your agnostic friends and a Frisbee (mid-June).

    AA...where questions are only the beginning
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