Resistance Is Not Futile: Is Arguing About Religion Worth It? Many atheists think that trying to persuade people out of religion never works, and simply alienates people. But debating believers about their beliefs can be effective -- in changing people's minds about religion, as well as in achieving other goals of the atheist community. When does it makes sense to debate about religion? How should we go about it? And what should our expectations be for what these debates can accomplish?
Greta Christina is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She is author of the new book "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why," and of "Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless," an Amazon best-seller in the Atheism category. She writes regularly for Salon, AlterNet, The Humanist, and Free Inquiry, and her writing has appeared in
numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. You can find her on Facebook, on
Twitter at @GretaChristina, and at Greta Christina's Blog on the
Freethought Blogs network.
We will have copies of Greta's book "Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless" for sale. If you already have a copy, don't forget to bring it if you'd like her autograph! Her book will also be the book selection for our January Book Discussion Group.
When: Sunday, 1/19/14 at 4pm
Where: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street
Refreshments: If your last name begins with the letters I-L, please consider bring a snack for the refreshments table. Suggested snack foods are cheese, crackers, fruit, granola bars, cookies, cake squares – anything that one can eat without need of a fork or spoon. The snack item should be for about 8-12 people, which is the average number of servings in a typical container/bag . As always, SHL will supply the paper goods and beverages.
As always, there will be the opportunity to go to dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.
If you have an elementary-aged child who would like to take part in our new Humanist "Sunday School," please check out our event for Sunday Quest.