New Atheist Discussion Group
Here’s an interesting invitation I received in email this morning from author Eric Maisel (reposted with permission).
I am pleased to announce that New World Library will publish the book on atheism that I am currently writing.
If you are an atheist, I want to pick your brain about how you manage your life â€œwithout gods.â€ I am forming a cyberspace group where we can chat about how atheists like us can live righteously, passionately, safely and well. I really want to learn from you and learn especially how you handle life events that believers handle with belief.
Many recent books have examined the problems of belief and the dangers that religions pose. I donâ€™t intend to go back over that ground. I want us to focus on how we can live well as atheists: where we find our purpose, where we find our strength, where we find our comfort, and how we make our meaning. If you think that this sort of discussion might interest you, please join this group. To join, just send a blank email to the following address and you will be subscribed.
If you are not an atheist (or arenâ€™t certain what exactly you are) and would like to listen in to the groupâ€™s thoughts (and maybe chat along) by all means join us. I would only ask that you not join if your intention is to defend your faith. If you have a genuine curiosity about atheism and wonder what we think, how we handle our doubts and crises, how we make sense of desire and duty, and so on, by all means join us.
I eagerly look forward to our conversations. I will begin the group discussion tomorrow or Tuesday, so please hop on board quickly if this interests you or if you are just curious. Hereâ€™s the address again. Just send along a blank email.
Have an excellent Sunday!
If the email links don’t work for you, you can also sign up here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/atheism2008/
Hm. How do I deal with life without gods?
I went to the store and bought some food. I'm about to grab another soda and watch some TV. What part of life without gods needs dealing with?
Grillparzer, you can sign up here:
I’m having a problem with that email address. It’s returning an error.
Tantarize makes a tantalizing comment that I totally agree with. WTF is there about life that one needs “dealing with” just because you don’t have a big dumb fairy tale crutch that you lean on all the time to:
1. scare you into doing the socially correct things by way of fear of eternal pain and suffering
2. Bribe you into being obedient little lapdogs to society’s ideas of correctness with promises of a fluffly cloud littered afterlife.
3. explain everything that you find difficult to understand with a moronic “it was god’s will” or “god created it” etc. because its easier to have a catch all answer..
Nope, I sleep, eat, work, drink, run, boink etc. just like everyone else I know who ARE “believers”, I just do it with less guilt, fear and false hopes.
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