***Update***: There’s a Facebook page for the event!
This Thursday, I’ll be at Pomona College in Claremont, California as part of a panel discussion on atheism:
Now What?: Atheism Beyond the Question of God
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Edmunds Ballroom, 7 pm
Although the number of American non-believers has doubled in the last twenty years, and the number of young atheists has quadrupled, atheists remain politically and publically underrepresented… The atheist movement is coming together, but despite significant developments it remains fractured.
Some atheists seek allies with other minority groups and even liberal religious believers. Other more militant or “evangelical” atheists reject any such alliance and seek the destruction of religion itself.
Today’s atheists have moved beyond the question of whether God exists. However, a number of questions are still left unanswered: what is atheist morality? Is atheism political? Should atheists ally with other minority groups, or even religious people? Should atheists organize as a group at all? Is atheism a social movement? How should atheists move forward?
The other panelists?
Dave Silverman (president of American Atheists and no stranger to the label of “militant atheist”) and Chris Mooney (bestselling author and accommodationist).
Clearly, my job is to start shit between the two of them by saying things like, “I wonder whether Christianity and evolution are compatible…,” moving my chair back, and watching the fireworks. Should be fun!
Ok, I might chime in every now and then, too.
As far as I know, the event is free and open to the public. If you’re in the Claremont area, come check it out!
And then please tell me what I can do during downtime in Claremont…