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Free Inquiry editor TOM FLYNN reveals “The Trouble with Easter”

Where did our most cherished Easter traditions come from—and is it too late to send them back? The author of the hilarious, controversial The Trouble with Christmas branches out, turning over every egg (and not a few rocks) to reveal the weird history behind Christianity’s holiest holiday. Tom tackles questions such as: How much does Easter owe to pagan sources? If Easter is so holy, why do the world's Christian churches observe it on the same day only one year in four? And why is it scheduled according to the phases of the moon? Where did our secular Easter traditions really come from?

Packed with rollicking humor and little-known facts, this fast-paced, illustrated presentation concludes with a side-by-side comparison of the resurrection accounts in the four gospels. Spoiler alert: the New Testament comes nowhere near telling a single coherent story concerning what Christians consider history’s most significant event!

About Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn is executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of Free Inquiry magazine. His books include the Trouble with Christmas, the sci-fi novels Galactic Rapture and Nothing Sacred, and The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief.

Optional Luncheon

Please join us for lunch after Tom's presentation at Thai Pepper Cuisine, 3361 Sandrock Rd. (between Murray Ridge Rd. and Hammond Dr.)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    While I acknowledge there is a problem with Easter, I wish to see more of us writing negatively about Hanukkah too. Since I joined this group I noticed just about all the negative criticisms are about Christianity and haven't yet seen any about Judaism or Islam, or other religions. If there are any, please direct me to them. I am hoping we are an atheist organization that does not portray itself as an organization only against Christianity. We need to be more careful because political and religious institution are linked. In fact, the new Pope appears to be on the road to influence political changes among his followers. Personally, I was born in a Catholic family by name because my family did not believe in a god, and I have been an atheist since I remember. My note here is about politics, not so much about religion.

    March 16, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      continued.... A group such as ours has many limitations including a scarcity of people to find speakers and host programs. However, we are always willing to take suggestions. If there is a subject you'd like us to address, or come across a speaker you'd like us to invite to an HFSD meeting, please, take the time to let me know. These suggestions are added to a list that we draw upon when planning future events.

      March 16, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      that should have been... Reform Jews do not demand "reverence to ancient mythology".

      March 16, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Another terrific presentation by Tom Flynn. It's amazing that so many people take Easter so seriously when it was literally stolen from pagans. Most people don't bother to learn about the pagan roots of many Easter traditions, including the very name of the holiday. Easter is yet another religious holiday that perpetuates silly superstitions and outright falsehoods.

    Camila, your point is well taken. I can assure you we are just as critical of Judaism and Islam as we are with Christianity. If there appears to be a bias "in favor of" Christianity, it's only because that is the majority religion in the U.S. and many Americans think of the U.S. as a "Christian nation."

    Many of our members have read the book "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim turned atheist. And the book club recently read "Mornings in Jenin," which looks at the Arab-Israeli conflict from the Palestinian viewpoint and is highly critical of Israel.

    We aren't afraid to offend any religious group.

    March 16, 2013

  • Travis M.

    Very, very informative and thought provoking talk and lunch discussion. Met some old and new friends, all mice folks.

    March 16, 2013

  • Jack T.

    But I like coloring eggs!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Looking forward to it!

    March 15, 2013

  • Robert (Rob) H.

    I'll be a the outreach booth.

    March 9, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Based on Toms' previous presentation to HFSD ("The Trouble With Christmas"), this should be an educational, entertaining and hilarious event! Don't miss it! Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

    March 9, 2013

  • James C.

    Leaping Jesus, sounds fun!

    February 13, 2013

  • NancY

    diving that morning.

    February 13, 2013

  • NancY

    may bring Kat and Joe

    February 12, 2013

  • Aaron

    Sounts great!

    February 12, 2013

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