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AU Ventura- Special Guest Richard Carrier

Richard Carrier

Author of "Sense and Goodness Without God:A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism"

Richard Carrier Bio

Richard Carrier, whose last successful talk with AU Ventura drew the largest crowd in our short history for a regular meeting, will be presenting a talk entitled:

"Christian Hostility to Scientific Values in the Ancient World" Today, it's a cliché that fundamentalist Christians are opposed to science and openly attack it. Did you know that been a part of Christian heritage for two thousand years? Christians often look so amazingly stupid when you quote them, and ancient Christians are even more amusing on that count. Richard will present what the earliest Christians said about ancient science, and compare it with some of the science actually going on at the time throughout the Roman world.

If you have not already purchased his acclaimed book "Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism" where he makes the case for naturally occurring morality within the context of human evolution and the rise of a scientifically-based ethical system, make sure to bring your pocket book with you to get a copy after his talk.

You may consider attending his companion presentation at the AU General Meeting at CFI West, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027, on the preceding Sunday, October 28th, 11am, where he'll be giving a talk entitled, "Ancient Scientists and their Principal Achievements." He will survey some of the most impressive accomplishments of Greek and Roman scientists in the areas of physiology, astronomy, cartography, and mechanics, with some discussion of how these achievements were possible.

Atheists United is launching a drive to collect canned and clothing for victims of the recent So. California fires and is asking all of their chapters and affiliates to do the same at their upcoming meetings. During this meeting we will be prepared to accept donations of food, clothing, bathroom products, diapers and money donations to help relieve the suffering of those who have lost their homes in the ongoing California wild fires. If you are planning on attending, please consider giving as a concrete example of the compassion that humans are capable of in times of crisis.

If you cannot attend this meeting, please consider giving at the Red Cross or your preferred charity.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope he speaks again.

    October 31, 2007

  • Brian P.

    Richard is always a great speaker and it was great to see so many new faces come out to see him. It was nice having coffe, water and a muchie around for after the meetings. We need a volunteer to coordinate getthing them there every month.

    October 30, 2007

  • A former member
    A former member

    Richard has a lot to learn about making his lectures more interactive with his audience. His facts are great, but he has some work to do on his presentaiton.
    It is also worth noting that it appears Richard has spent the majority of his professional career exposing the frailties of Christian faith in an attempt to promote his own atheistic conclusions. However his vision is terribly skewed if he thinks that by doing that he is addressing the whole religious world. He referred to Roman science as "Ancient", however much of what the Romans understood came from Arabia, India or China and those cultures go way back two thosand years prior to the Romans.

    October 30, 2007

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was especially good to see AU leadership and some people from other secular groups (Santa Barbara Humanist, Freethinkers of VC) at our meeting.

    October 30, 2007

  • Jeanean

    Mr. Carrier is well versed in the topic of religion vs. science.

    October 30, 2007

  • Michael M.

    Carrier was very academic and polished as a lecturer. Spoke very quickly sometimes. Scholarly and knowledgeable. Filled in a lot of information about early roots of Christianity and general hostility to free inquiry and scientific discovery. On target as a speaker for atheists.

    October 29, 2007

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