A democratic organization supporting separation of state and church, and promoting understanding and acceptence of atheism and freethought in our community

A democratic organization supporting separation of state and church,understanding and acceptence of atheism 

and freethought in our community

AOF Activities & Events

Philosophers' Table: Stuck-up Atheists!                                                                                                              Hits : 641
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:00pm - 01:00pm
Location :  Sacramento Reason Center, 1824 Tribute Rd, Suite A, Sacramento, see map
CondescendingDisdain: Those stuck-up atheists!

Ah, here we are. So precious, arrogent, full of ourselves ... certain we are right ... the darlings of the truth. Hm, maybe we should work on that. Maybe atheists and freethinkers can be a bit less disdainful of those living in other intellectual bubbles. Because we're in a bubble too, aren't we, breathing our own exhalations? Do we not tend to dismiss faith-claims out of hand? Don't we bang square pegs into round holes to fit our ideology, our paradigm? We can continue so, gazing into our navels, irredeemably lost within the echo chamber of our own stories. Or we can open our hearts. Become a bit more compassionate, more open, to contrary views. And maybe in the process, learn something.

Let's try it. Let's ask truly, who is more likely to look down on people unlike themselves -- who is most easily conned and hoodwinked -- who is kinder, gentler, more honest? Who more despitful or cruel? In the great conversation between faith and doubt, which side is more likely to be liberal, in the original sense of the word? These are hard deep questions, each a can full of worms, wiggly ones. Studies have been done, patterns have emerged -- maybe not always what you might expect.

Come to the January Philosopher's Table, to take a good honest look at the smugimage in the mirror.



Contact :  See our Contact Page
AOF Philosophers' Tables are free to attend, open to all, even to the non-snooty. And do stick around after, because another great meeting will follow this one!