Short Talks: ‘Why I am Not a Christian’ & ‘Why I am Not a Humanist’


Green House Hotel - Bournemouth BH1 3AX
4 Grove Road

Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Two short talks by David Warden and Dave Pegg. David and Dave have formed a successful working partnership whereby they go into local schools to inform students about Christianity and Humanism and to ‘model’ how to respectfully disagree on fundamental matters. Dave tells students about the fundamentals of evangelical Christianity and David describes how he left evangelical Christianity and became an atheist and then a humanist. Neither of them espouse a fuzzy relativism. They are clear that if one is right about the existence or non-existence of God then the other, logically, must be wrong. David and Dave are friends but their differences run deep. In his talk, David will set out why he is not a Christian, partly on the grounds that it is based on ‘magical thinking’, and in his talk Dave will set out why he is not a humanist, partly on the grounds that he thinks it is ultimately a self-centred creed. Please join us for a fascinating head-to-head between two people who have come to a deep knowledge of each other’s views. Each talk/presentation will be around 20 minutes followed by questions and discussion. ----------- Please contact me if you have any topic on which you would like to contribute a short talk. It can be about some experience you have had, some work that you do (or have done), or perhaps something you have read or seen. We'd all like to hear about it and discuss it! Experience of preparing or giving presentations is not essential - we can help. We would like to cover our venue costs for this event and so request a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night. Phil Butcher phil@dorsethumanists.co.uk 07817260498