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Bring a dish, bag, or box and join us at 9219 George Williams Road, 37922; call Schera or Ted for directions @ 865.690.8742. The American Humanist Association has recently launched a new campaign to “detach God from our Government”, and it is described in their latest issue of the Humanist Magazine. They claim that challenging mandatory recitation of “so help me God” in the Air Force oath (and probably the other branches of the military also?) plus the “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance are worthy fights. They remind us that the “Religious Right” uses such God references as “evidence” of America being a “Christian nation”. And it also gives them a false authority to try to take away real rights, such as marriage equality, reproductive choice for women, and proper public school science education that teaches evolution, not creationism. Many of us may not care about or give much attention to these issues, but as long as there are millions of American nonbelievers, like us, how can we be comfortable with the description of the US as a “nation under God”? The AHA urges us to learn more about their “DontSayThePledge” campaign and their potential “lawsuit against the Air Force” to restore the right for recruits to omit “so help me god” from their oath. [holding down control and clicking these underlined links should take you to the AHA’s site for more information.] Their final statement on these issues: “Until “under God” is removed and the original Pledge is restored to “one nation indivisible”, the American Humanist Association’s newest campaign encourages students and adults to take a stand – by sitting down. Our RET question for Nov. 30th discussion is to air how strongly we feel about these issues and explore other options we may see.
Nov. 30, 2014, 1:00 PM
American Freethought We will finish the Council for Secular Humanism video about American Freethought. This part will include: The rise of Catholicism, Challenges to Sunday laws, Haymarket tragedy, McKinley, the barring the Truth Seeker publication, Palmer raids, Emma Goldman, Scopes trial, DeMille (Godless Girl), Mencken, radio evangelism (including plagiarism of Ingersoll), and the decline of freethought between the World Wars.
Dec. 07, 2014, 10:30 AM
Skeptic Book Club
There will be no meeting of the Book Club in December
Dec. 14, 2014
Third Sunday Meeting
There will be no Third Sunday meeting in Deember
Dec. 21, 2014, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Skeptic Book Club
“How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee” by Bart D. Ehrman - Sunday, January 11, 2:00 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Kingston Pike. New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church. The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, Creator of all things. But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today. Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, and is, God. (Amazon Review)
Jan. 11, 2015, 2:00-4:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
Professor John Nolt of the University of Tennessee Philosophy Department will present a talk based on his recent book "Environmental Ethics for the Long Term". This presentation on environmental ethics will consider both contemporary issues and the extent of humanity’s responsibility for life in the distant future. Professor Nolt, is a logician and environmental ethicist. He applies contemporary science, logical analysis, and ethical theory to considerations of ethics beyond the human species and into the far future. Informed by contemporary environmental science, he formulates concrete policy recommendations from carefully justified ethical principles and from speculations concerning the deepest problems of environmental ethics.
Jan. 18, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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