“Spirituality is about being awake. It’s the attempt to transcend the mundane, sleepwalking experience of life we all fall into, to tap into the wonder of being a conscious and grateful thing in the midst of an astonishing universe. It doesn’t require religion.” ~Dale McGowan, author of "Atheism for Dummies"
Starting on Sun. Oct. 13, 2013, there will be morning classes to discuss the basics of atheism. What do atheists believe? To see all the event details, click the link here: http://tinyurl.com/p2uq9gc . The series is free and sponsored by The Center for Philosophical Naturalism.
Who is invited? The event description says:
People of all belief systems are welcome to attend. Are you an atheist and want to learn more about what atheist leaders are teaching? Then this is for you. Are you an agnostic and wondering if you should be an atheist? This is for you. Are you a Christian or Muslim and are curious what atheists believe? This is for you. As long as you can be friendly and inquisitive, and the topic interests you, then this Sunday session is for you.
The basis for the discussion will be Dale McGowan's book "Atheism for Dummies." Who is Dale McGowan? He writes the popular secular blog The Meming of Life, teaches secular parenting workshops across North America, and is executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable organization. He has been interviewed in major publications, such as Newsweek and the New York Times, and was 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year.
What is an atheist? How do people define it? McGown has a cheat sheet that can be found on the web (click here). Here's some pithy definitions that he offers:
- Atheist: Doesn’t believe a god or gods exist.
- Agnostic: Not sure whether a god or gods exist.
- Freethinker: Holds opinions based on independent reasoning without the undue influence of authority, doctrine, or tradition.
- Skeptic: Withholds judgment pending actual evidence.
- Humanist: Focuses on this natural world and this life. Sometimes used as a synonym for secular humanist. No, doesn’t worship humans.
- Secular humanist: A humanist who specifically adds, “I don’t believe in God.” Still doesn’t worship humans.
- Secularist: Used to mean someone who wanted to keep church and government separate. Now refers to a person who lives without religion.
- Antitheist: Believes religion poisons everything and prays (hopes) for a future without it.
- Apatheist: Doesn’t care whether there’s a God or not. Is annoyed that you asked.
- Accommodationist: An atheist who seeks common ground with the religious. Much hugging.
- Deist: Does not believe in God. Believes in “God.”
- Pantheist: Believes the universe and God are one and the same, but not exactly.
To find out more about events being offered by The Center for Philosophical Naturalism, a group that promotes the worldview of philosophical naturalism, see their website here: