“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.” ~Aristotle
The Center for Philosophical Naturalism is having a free Sunday school class for kids on Sun. Oct. 20. For all details, please see the event listing here: www.tinyurl.com/lxkpu7t . Please rsvp at that event page so interest can be accurately gauged. The program will continue as interest dictates, so if you support these kinds of programs, be sure to let them know.
The adults will be meeting in a nearby location to discuss the book “Atheism for Dummies.” All details for this event can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/k38jc6x . They will be studying chapter 2 with these sub-topics:
... The different kinds of atheist labels (atheist, freethinker, skeptic, etc.)
... The various degrees of disbelief (it isn’t all or nothing)
... What Humanism is
... Being “religious” without God
… The rise of “The Nones”
What are “The Nones?” This is a category of people that respond to religious surveys with the religious identity of “none of the above.” There are many atheist discussions about these “nones.” Are they atheists? Are they believers, but just turned off by organized religion? One thing that makes this category really interesting is the rise in numbers we have seen over the years. An example of a recent article is “Rise of the Nones” found here: http://tinyurl.com/o7sfdkd .
Here’s an excerpt:
“Americans are abandoning organized religion in droves. Data from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that while only 7 percent of Americans were raised outside a religious tradition, nearly 19 percent are religiously unaffiliated today. According to the General Social Survey, the number of Americans who say they have “no religion” has more than doubled since 1990.”
To learn more about atheism and agnosticism in general, visit the event page for “The Center for Philosophical Naturalism” here: http://www.meetup.com/Philosophical-Naturalists . They also sponsor local Portland-area debates between Christians and atheists, such as a recent one that was hosted at Portland Community Church and has been posted at the YouTube channel for “The Center for Philosophical Naturalism” here: http://tinyurl.com/ltub9aa . This debate video features local Pastor Ron Kincaid and Dr. Bart Rask (Christians) and Truman Ardent Smith and Chris Heiler (atheists).