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An Atheist's Guide to the Alpha Course - Simon Clare

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Part of a series of talks from Wycombe Skeptics, all are welcome to join us and grapple with this months topic.

An Atheist's Guide to the Alpha Course

What can atheists learn from the church?

The Alpha Course runs in 162 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 20 Million people. Over a 9 week period, students are guided through Christian theology ostensibly to “Explore the meaning of Life”.

Simon Clare, an unabashed atheist, signed up to his local course in Brighton, wondering if his faithlessness would be challenged. Spoiler: He wasn’t converted but he was surprised at what he learnt about faith.

The new Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby, found his faith at the home of the Alpha Course and his election suggests that the Alpha model of spreading the word is now at the heart of Christianity's struggle for survival. As well as giving an overview of the course from biblical history to singing in tongues, Simon will discuss what atheists can learn from the Alpha Course.

Simon Clare runs Horsham Skeptics in the Pub and writes a regular opinion column for the Horsham District Post. He is also a founder member of the South East Skeptics Society

The talk is totally free, and we will just ask for a small donation if you wish to help cover our speakers travel expenses.

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3 Amersham Hill,

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