Have you ever wondered how can anyone be an atheist? Where would morals come from, in this case? And, how can one be certain that there is no God -- isn't "agnostic" a more fair position? Whether you are atheist, agnostic, or even a believer, you can join this meetup to learn about the atheism view.
The format of each meetup will be as follows. I will present a 15-min introduction to a topic, after which every member can have up to 7 minutes to present his view (even a pro-religious one). After this round, there will be free discussion. After the discussion, members can pose questions to me, and I will try to answer them.
Here's a playlist of all the talks I gave at the past meetups:
After discussing heroic men in the stories of Pelops and Hercules, we move to the discussion of gods whom they challenged: Zeus and his extended family.
These are the familiar to all Greek gods: Zeus, Aphrodite, Demetra & Persephone, Poseidon, Ares, Orpheus, Dionysius, Apollo, Athena, Heracles... The list goes on, which each god known to the present day layman.
Furthermore, Greek religion has fascinated many artists in subsequent years. The image above is the painting by Rafael, called "The Council of Gods".
- Who was Hesiod
- The story of creation according to Hesiod
- Discussion (10min)
Presenting stories associated to particular gods, 5 minute each:
- Demetra & Persephone
- Apollo vs. Dionissius
- Ares, Aphrodite, and Ephestus
- more as time permits
- Closing discussion (20 min)
Note: if you want, learn one of the stories and present it.
Recordings of previous talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLBmSmF5z9k&list=PLENU2liCuAwyCzKLhiFxWlYWLT5ni57me
The previous meetup gave an overview of the religious history of the ancient Greek culture. In this meetup, the focus is on the aftermath of that environment. Agenda:
- The role of Gods in the plays of Euripides, Aeschylus, and Sophocles.
- The Orphic cult
- The Eleusinian mysteries cult
- The importance of wine trade in antiquity
- The Dionysus / Bacchus cult
- Similarity to Babylonian, Indian, Egyptian, and Chinese religions.
The image is: "Triumphal Procession of Bacchus", 1538, Maerten van Heemskerck