I am giving a talk in but a few hours: 5pm BST, 1pm EST, on the Resurrection, to Atlanta Freethought Society. Be there or be square.
Jonathan MS Pearce Talk
“Jesus, Lord, at Thy Popping Right Out of the Grave?”
(Or, “The Resurrection: A Critical Examination”)
(The AFS Zoom Program on Sunday, 10 October)
(Atlanta) Atlanta Freethought Society President Laura Ross announced today that AFS will have another world-class Zoom meeting for October, happily a repeat of an earlier popular speaker with a new topic. AFS will once again host internationally known Jonathan MS Pearce, a noted philosopher, teacher, atheist writer, blogger (“A Tippling Philosopher”) and speaker. Pearce has written quite a few books, including fiction and two especially telling titles, The Nativity: A Critical Examination (2011) and The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story (2021) and has a growing pan-oceanic following.
The Resurrection story, the crucial (pun intended) follow up to the nativity bit, is integral to the Christian faith; its truth has been crucial for Christians since the inception of the belief system. But did the events reported in the Christian Bible actually happen? How do the claims made by the authors look in light of careful historical analysis? Are the Gospel claims internally coherent? Do Christian believers have justification in believing the chapter and verse of this most famous of miraculous stories?
Jonathan MS Pearce looks at all of the problems with the Easter story in the same way he analyzed the Nativity accounts. This talk, based on his recent book, is a diligent examination of the Easter story, the claims, the likelihood of truth, and what may have been the original events that inspired the biblical writers and believers to write and believe what they did. And still do.
Pearce is a philosopher, author, public speaker and skeptic fascinated by all things religious and nonreligious: what we believe and why we believe it. He blogs at the Patheos Nonreligious channel as A Tippling Philosopher, a moniker derived from a casual group of thinkers that he is a part of who met in normal times for a drink at the pub for an analysis of all things real and unreal. He advocates good philosophy and good ale, but also accepts that, on occasion, one is not conducive to the other.
Pearce is the author or editor (or co-author/editor) also of many other works, including Free Will? An Investigation into Whether We Have Free Will or Whether He Was Always Going to Write This Book (2010); Twins: A Survival Guide for Dads (2011); The Little Book of Unholy Questions (2011); Beyond an Absence of Faith: Stories about the Loss of Faith and the Discovery of Self (2014); 13 Reasons to Doubt (2014); The Problem with “God”: Classical Theism under the Spotlight (2015); Filling the Void: A Selection of Humanist and Atheist Poetry (2016); Survival of the Fittest: Metamorphosis (2016); Did God Create the Universe from Nothing?: Countering William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument (2016); and Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century (2017).
Ross said, “We’re proud to provide our members and visitors with great programs, and this will be another great and appropriate program. We often have speakers with an international reputation, as this time will be. We’re delighted.”
The Pearce program, free and open to the public, will be preceded by a few minutes of social distanced (with a vengeance) socializing starting about 12:30 P.M., for those interested. The program will start at about 1 P.M. (ET in US) on Sunday, 10 October, via Zoom. “We welcome those who are not freethinkers but who just want to know more about Christianity from the perspective of an atheist who is an accomplished academic philosopher. All freethinkers are of course welcome—and we hope that they will decide to join as members in due course,” said Ross. Details (the same as last month) on the Zoom meeting number and the like can be had from Pearce or any member of the AFS Board or from Program Chair Ed Buckner.
AFS October Meeting
Sunday, October 10, 2021 1:00-2:30 PM (EST)
To join the Zoom meeting, go to this link.
You are welcome to come in and socialize starting at 12:30 and can stay around after the meeting as long as anyone wants.