Jan 222014

Peter Boghossian
Peter Boghossian, author of the new book ”A Manual For Creating Atheists”,  was in Calgary this past weekend (hosted by CFI Calgary) and a few of us made a day trip down to meet him and hear him talk about a chapter from his book.   His presentation was from chapter four of the book, which talks about Street Epistemology, giving us a set strategy to use when talking to people of faith.

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 Posted by at 9:03 AM
Jan 072014

We’ve just been notified of an event that we think many of our members may be interested in attending.  The University AAA is hosting this debate event next Thursday January 23rd at 6:30pm.  The admission fee is $2 for students and $5 for non-students, which will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Debate Jan 23

The debate is focused specifically on the Christian God and Michael Horner from Power To Change will be on the Christian side with Justin Schieber (from the Reasonable Doubts podcasts) arguing for the atheist side.

A group of us will meet at the University LRT at 5:45 to head over together if you are unsure of the layout of the U of A.

Here are directions to  The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS):  http://www.science.ualberta.ca/en/CCIS/CCISBookings/Directions.aspx

Check our events listing on facebook to discuss car pools/meetups etc.

 Posted by at 10:21 AM
Jun 072013

Director Luke Fevin with John W. Loftus

We hope a few of you managed to make it out to the God or Godless debate at the Greenfield Baptist Church in Edmonton on Wednesday night.  The debate spanned three evenings, starting off in Calgary, then to Red Deer before heading up to us in Edmonton.   The event here was quite well attended with approximately 300 people in the church.   Randal Rauser and John W Loftus presented their arguments, Randall arguing for God and John arguing a lack of evidence to conclude belief, then there was a conversational section of the evening followed by Q and A’s.   Rauser and Loftus have written a book together by the same title as the topic for the evening, which as I understand, goes through 20 topics in which they both weigh in with their respective views.   The book can be found on Amazon.

John W Loftus is a former Christian Minister who studied under William Lane Craig at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He has degrees in philosophy, philosophy of religion, theology, and a PhD in ethics.    Loftus updated his blog Debunking Christianity after the event and we thank him for the mention.   He lives in Indiana, and has written numerous books on religion/atheism and why he is now an atheist.

Randal Rauser lives here in Edmonton, and is the associate professor at the Taylor Seminary.  He too has authored numerous books, and also has a blog.   Randal has been out to speak to the S.E.A. previously, although sadly I was not part of the group at that time.  I do hear it was an interesting and well received evening.

Overall, many of the arguments were all things we’ve heard before from the religious side.   Quite deist in their leanings, the arguments included the ever popular argument of moral objectivity, mathematics and natural laws proving a designer, and transcendent love being proof of a higher power.     Obviously these arguments could be used to prove any of the thousands of gods throughout our history.   At the end of the evening after a conversation with a Christian in the room who asked me to ”keep seeking for god” I was left with one main question from the presented arguments and the discussions that happened afterwards.

”Which god?”

~Karen Kerr

 Posted by at 1:27 PM
Jun 042013


Firstly, to show our support!  We also believe that atheists face many similar stigmas to those that the LGBTTQ communities have worked hard to change.  Allowing people the chance to interact with real, live atheists is one small step to making things better. As well, it’s the type of venue that already has many atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers who may not have known we existed.

Come march with us, or visit us at our booth in Churchill Square after the event.  There’s also a chance to get your picture taken with the Flying Spaghetti Monster, who will be all dressed up especially for this fun occasion!

Edmonton Pride Parade site with information on the rest of the day HERE

 Posted by at 10:06 AM
May 142013

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

~ John Lennon ~

A group of SEA members are heading over to Kamloops this weekend to attend the 3rd annual conference hosted by the Kamloops Center for Rational Thought.  Speakers include Daniel Dennett, Richard Carrier, Internet sensation Mr. Deity, and many others.

Past conferences have seen sessions on critical thinking, the existence of Jesus, as well as morality without god(s) and the sciences behind why people believe in gods. This years line up sets the stage for a great weekend of learning, discussion and debate.

If you are interested in joining us there are a few tickets left, simply go to their site to register.  The car pool leaves Friday morning and arrives back in Edmonton on Monday night.  Please contact us if you would like to inquire about a space.

 Posted by at 12:54 PM
Mar 102013

Once again, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association has invited us to speak at their annual Interfaith Symposium. Click the link at the bottom to see the program.

Admission is free, but please register on their page. There are refreshments afterward, and they use the registrations to determine how much to bring.

Registration: http://www.islamevents.ca/register?e=20130210221957539

21 March 2013 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Telus Centre, University of Alberta (Map)

   Interfaith 2013 Final Program

Nov 212012

I attended a group discussion downtown last night. The topic was public education, and was hosted by the Sheldon Chumir Foundation. Public education from a principle perspective, not in terms of system. The conversation was focused by a list of questions, reproduced below.

1. What is public education for? Why do modern societies organize public education?

2. What does public education have to include, or look like, if it is to serve the public’s interest?

3. What does education which nurtures good citizenship look like?

4. To what degree does it make sense to divide children up along religious or other historical segmented lines, such as gender or race, for their public education?

5. What role do you see private or similar schools playing in the delivery of public education in this province?

Oct 222012

An opportunity has come up for our members to see Sam Harris live in Calgary on Tuesday, 30 October 2012.

Webpage here. Facebook here. Details here.

Tickets are $500 per person, BUT the hosts, Curious Mind Productions, which runs The Bon Mot Book Club at the Petroleum Club Calgary, is offering our SEA member a special rate in which upon a ticket purchase they could a second guest for half price.

Email tickets@leahcostello.com to follow up on this.