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Book Discussion: Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell




Our Book discussion group will next meet on Saturday, Sept. 28 to discuss  "Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects" by Bertrand Russell


Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage, scrupulous logic, and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher, writer, and teacher has been famous. These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker's position since the days of Hume and Voltaire.  "I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue," Russell declares in his Preface, and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man's mind runs through all the essays in this book, whether they were written as early as 1899 or as late as 1954.  

Refreshments will be served.

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  • gail b.

    ok, i will try again to attend. wow, "i am firmly convinced..." as well!!! my own wording is "god is a man-made concept" period. incredulous.

    September 23, 2013

  • Dan B.

    Second choice in the voting was Frans de Waal's "The Bonobo and the Atheist", perhaps that will be our pick for October?

    August 25, 2013

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