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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

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“God’s Funeral”

Posted by Tim on 24/09/2015
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Date:       Monday 21st Septmeber 2015, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

By the end of the 19th century, almost all the great writers and artists, and intellectuals had abanied Christianity, and many abandoned belief in God altogether. This was partly the result of scientific discovery, particularly the work of Charles Darwin in “The Origin of Species”. English writer A.N. Wilson’s 1999 book “God’s Funeral” demonstrates in such diverse lives as those of Gibbon, Kant, Marx, Carlyle, George Eliot, and Sigmund Freud, the dough about religion had many sources. HERHG Chair John Hawkins will be talking about “God’s Funeral”. All Welcome.


According to the Bible, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 14), but is there a rational argument for concluding that there is no God? The Hull and East Riding Humanist Group will be hosting its first formal debate on Monday 20th April 2015 at 7.30pm in the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley. Proposing the motion “This house believes there is No God” will be group secretary Tim Stephenson and the motion will be opposed by group Vice Chair Brian Fendley. All welcome.


Are the claims of religion true? Is religious belief rational? The so-called ‘New Atheists’ like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens would answer ‘No’; but this assumes there is a ‘neutral ground’ from which such claims can be objectively assessed. Some Christian apologetics argue that there is no such neutral ground and that notions such as ‘truth’ and ‘evidence’, and even reason itself, are Christian concepts. As such, there is no opposition between religion and science, because science is dependent on religion. But, we might want to ask, is this claim itself true?

The speaker for the May meeting of HERHG is Dr Steve Burwood. Steve’s research interests are primarily in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of human embodiment, though he has also written in the fields of environmental philosophy and the philosophy of education. Stephen is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, the Society for Applied Philosophy and the Humanist Philosophers Group. His other interests include the later Wittgenstein, especially On Certainty. Recent publications include An Introduction to Metaphilosophy (with Søren Overgaard and Paul Gilbert) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

The meeting will begin at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Venue: Back room of  The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG.