The Center for Philosophical Naturalism is offering a free class and discussion on the topic of existentialism. For all the details of this event in Beaverton, click on the event listing here: www.tinyurl.com/k7u8nvy .
They will discuss the book "Existentialism for Dummies" by Christopher Panza, Ph.D. This session will cover the material in Part 2: "God is Dead.” Jackie Burgett will give a 10 min. overview of the material, to help set the stage for a fruitful discussion. In the previous session, Jackie gave an overview of Sartre's "Existentialism is a Humanism," and the overview was videotaped and can now be seen on this YouTube channel: http://tinyurl.com/kxm3xwb .
In the philosophical ideas of existentialism, a major theme is dealing with “the death of God.” But how did God die? Was it from humanity growing up, getting more educated and mature, understanding things in a scientific way? Instead of being on a flat Earth, we discovered we are just one planet of many that circles the Sun, and we are spinning and moving (unlike how the ancients viewed the Earth as being on a solid foundation). In this view, God died, as a philosophical idea. And a lot of magical and superstitious thinking died along with him.
Without God, does life have any meaning? Many religious people can’t conceive of meaning without God. Yet those in the non-religious community, those that don’t believe in God, do find that they can find meaning for their lives. Existentialism is a philosophy that largely deals with the question of meaning and the need to find one’s own meaning for life (rather than seeking guidance and insight from an imaginary God).
In earlier ages, it was as if God were at the center of town, in the center of everyone’s thinking. But today, people are recognizing that God-belief isn’t needed for creating values and meaning for one’s life. God isn’t even needed for morality, as there are various moral philosophies to choose from (as an alternative to “God said it so I believe it”).
To find out about more local and free events like this, check out “The Center for Philosophical Naturalism,” a group that promotes the worldview of philosophical naturalism, see their website here: http://www.PhilosophicalNaturalism.com .
They also have a program for kids on Sunday.
Click here to see a listing of events at their meetup website: http://www.meetup.com/Philosophical-Naturalists .
Click here to see their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/philosophicalnaturalism .