Event Calendar

 
Jul
21
Sat
Dinner and Drinks @ Pub 1905, Jasper Ave
Jul 21 @ 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Dinner and drinks, great conversation. Come join us!

 

Jul
29
Sun
Family Breakfast @ Albert's Family Restuarant, Bonnie Doon Mall
Jul 29 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Bacon, on a Sunday.

Monthly Book Club @ Second Cup Oliver Square
Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

THE EVOLUTION OF GOD – ROBERT WRIGHT

We will be discussing up to page 263 at this meeting (End of Chapter 10) and then continue the book in August.

The Evolution of God is a 2009 book by Robert Wright, in which the author explores the history of the concept of God in the three Abrahamic religions through a variety of means, including archeology, history, theology, and evolutionary psychology. The patterns which link Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the ways in which they have changed their concepts over time are explored as one of the central themes.

One of the conclusions of the book that Wright tries to make is a reconciliation between science and religion. He also speculates on the future of the concept of God.

Aug
7
Tue
Monthly Round Table @ Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Room TBA
Aug 7 @ 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Join us for our monthly round table meeting.  Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
Room to be announced

SKYPE WITH GRETTA VOSPER!   Author, Minister, Humanist

In 2013, the arrest and threatened execution of Bangladeshi secular bloggers – labelled in the press as atheists – moved Gretta to publicly identify as an atheist. The label has had a profound impact on Gretta prompting an on-going heresy trial which may result in the termination of her twenty-five year ministry in the denomination. Gretta is the author of three books, the bestseller With or Without God; Amen; and Time or Too Late and several compilations of poetry.   http://www.grettavosper.ca/

We meet afterwards at Sherlock Holmes on Campus for drinks and continued conversation, starting at 9:15pm.

Pub Night @ Sherlock Holmes
Aug 7 @ 9:15 PM – 11:30 PM

Join us after round table for continued conversation.  Currently Sherlock Holmes also runs a trivia night on Tuesdays, join our team ”The Heathens”!

Aug
12
Sun
Coffee Night @ Second Cup
Aug 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Aug
18
Sat
Dinner and Drinks @ Pub 1905, Jasper Ave
Aug 18 @ 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Dinner and drinks, great conversation. Come join us!

 

Aug
26
Sun
Family Breakfast @ Albert's Family Restuarant, Bonnie Doon Mall
Aug 26 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Bacon, on a Sunday.

Monthly Book Club @ Second Cup Oliver Square
Aug 26 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

THE EVOLUTION OF GOD – ROBERT WRIGHT

We will be discussing up to page Chapter 11 to the end of the book at this meeting.

The Evolution of God is a 2009 book by Robert Wright, in which the author explores the history of the concept of God in the three Abrahamic religions through a variety of means, including archeology, history, theology, and evolutionary psychology. The patterns which link Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the ways in which they have changed their concepts over time are explored as one of the central themes.

One of the conclusions of the book that Wright tries to make is a reconciliation between science and religion. He also speculates on the future of the concept of God.

Sep
4
Tue
Pub Night @ Sherlock Holmes
Sep 4 @ 9:15 PM – 11:30 PM

Join us after round table for continued conversation.  Currently Sherlock Holmes also runs a trivia night on Tuesdays, join our team ”The Heathens”!

Oct
24
Wed
Book Club – with Westwood Unitarian
Oct 24 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The FreeThinker Book club meets in the basement of the Westwood Unitarian Church at 7:00 PM on the last Wednesday of the month from Oct-March. The format varies but typically begins with a round table check-in and first reactions to the book. This is followed by a free ranging discussion, triggered by questions from other members.

All are welcome – atheists, humanists, agnostics, and theists and of course ‘free thinkers!!

The club members have chosen the following texts for this coming season.

This month we are reviewing

Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion by Susan Jacoby

In a groundbreaking historical work that addresses religious conversion in the West from an uncompromisingly secular perspective, Susan Jacoby challenges the conventional narrative of conversion as a purely spiritual journey. From the transformation on the road to Damascus of the Jew Saul into the Christian evangelist Paul to a twenty-first-century “religious marketplace” in which half of Americans have changed faiths at least once, nothing has been more important in the struggle for reason than the right to believe in the God of one’s choice or to reject belief in God altogether.

Nov
28
Wed
Book Club – with Westwood Unitarian
Nov 28 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The FreeThinker Book club meets in the basement of the Westwood Unitarian Church at 7:00 PM on the last Wednesday of the month from Oct-March. The format varies but typically begins with a round table check-in and first reactions to the book. This is followed by a free ranging discussion, triggered by questions from other members.

All are welcome – atheists, humanists, agnostics, and theists and of course ‘free thinkers!!

The club members have chosen the following texts for this coming season.

This month we are reviewing

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature–tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking–which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.
With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

Jan
30
Wed
Book Club – with Westwood Unitarian
Jan 30 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The FreeThinker Book club meets in the basement of the Westwood Unitarian Church at 7:00 PM on the last Wednesday of the month from Oct-March. The format varies but typically begins with a round table check-in and first reactions to the book. This is followed by a free ranging discussion, triggered by questions from other members.

All are welcome – atheists, humanists, agnostics, and theists and of course ‘free thinkers!!

The club members have chosen the following texts for this coming season.

This month we are reviewing

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them) by Bart D. Ehrman

The problems with the Bible that New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman discussed in his bestseller Misquoting Jesus—and on The Daily Show with John Stewart, NPR, and Dateline NBC, among others—are expanded upon exponentially in his latest book: Jesus, Interrupted. This New York Times bestseller reveals how books in the Bible were actually forged by later authors, and that the New Testament itself is riddled with contradictory claims about Jesus—information that scholars know… but the general public does not. If you enjoy the work of Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and John Shelby Spong, you’ll find much to ponder in Jesus, Interrupted.

Feb
27
Wed
Book Club – with Westwood Unitarian
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The FreeThinker Book club meets in the basement of the Westwood Unitarian Church at 7:00 PM on the last Wednesday of the month from Oct-March. The format varies but typically begins with a round table check-in and first reactions to the book. This is followed by a free ranging discussion, triggered by questions from other members.

All are welcome – atheists, humanists, agnostics, and theists and of course ‘free thinkers!!

The club members have chosen the following texts for this coming season.

This month we are reviewing

Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture by Marvin Harris

One of America’s leading anthropolgists offers solutions to the perplexing question of why people behave the way they do.
Why do Hindus worship cows? Why do Jews and Moslems refuse to eat pork? Why did so many people in post-medieval Europe believe in witches?
Marvin Harris answers these and other perplexing questions about human behavior, showing that no matter how bizarre a people’s behavior may seem, it always stems from identifiable and intelligble sources

Mar
27
Wed
Book Club – with Westwood Unitarian
Mar 27 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The FreeThinker Book club meets in the basement of the Westwood Unitarian Church at 7:00 PM on the last Wednesday of the month from Oct-March. The format varies but typically begins with a round table check-in and first reactions to the book. This is followed by a free ranging discussion, triggered by questions from other members.

All are welcome – atheists, humanists, agnostics, and theists and of course ‘free thinkers!!

The club members have chosen the following texts for this coming season.

This month we are reviewing

 The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God by Dan Barker

How Does an Atheist Respond to the Question, What Is the Purpose of Life?
For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his best-selling book The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”
But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself; it is yours alone to discover and develop. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide.
This book will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life. To punctuate this point, The Good Atheist includes inspiring biographies of humanity’s true heroes—men and women who did not waste their lives as slaves to a God, but rather found purpose in enhancing life on this Earth for all of us.

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