Redlands Market Night is back!

***The IEAA is hosting this booth as a part of the Inland Empire Coalition of Reason. If you have literature from a secular organization that you would like to hand out, please let us know and we’ll make sure to pass it out.***

Want to help let other non-believers know they’re not alone? 

Want to take an active role in promoting Secular ideals in the local community?

Then come join us at Redlands Market Night!

We’ll be loosely following the “Ask an Atheist” format where we:

• Answer questions

• Pass out flyers 

• Give out information about secularism and the local groups

• Sell atheist themed t-shirts

• Chat with whomever stops by 

Let’s show the world that atheists and agnostics are nice, normal, and happy people!

We’re looking for volunteers of every level, if you want to come and just hang out that’s fine, and if you want to engage with the public that’s fine too. We’ll go over tabling basics for anyone who isn’t sure what to do.

There’s lots of parking all over if you come early, and lots by the Redlands Mall after 5. Our Booth will be located between Orange St. and 5th St. Just look for our booth with the big Atheist sign. If you still can’t find us call Greg at (951) 318 – two six two eight.

Here’s a sample of some of the questions and answers we’ll deal with:

Q: Don’t atheists have basically empty, meaningless lives since they don’t believe that there’s any higher power out there?

A: Nope. We don’t think that the world is an empty, meaningless place, even though we don’t think a god designed it. We think the world is a fascinating, wonderful, interesting place, and we enjoy living in it. Now, you may think that it’s impossible to “really” enjoy this world without believing of God as the designer. We don’t feel that way.

Q: What do you think happens to you when you die?

A: Just in case there are any misconceptions about this, most serious atheists don’t believe in reincarnation or spirits any more than we believe in hell. What defines “you” is what you think and feel, and how you interact with the universe. When this interaction ceases, you’re not you anymore. So you simply stop existing.

Q: How can anyone possibly be moral without believing in God?

A: Pretty much the same way that anyone else can be moral – by considering their actions, weighing the consequences and deciding whether they’re doing more harm than good to themselves and other people.

Q: What’s the difference between an atheist and an agnostic?

A: Atheism is merely the absence of belief in any gods. Agnosticism is not about belief in god but about knowledge — it was coined originally to describe the position of a person who could not claim to know for sure if any gods exist or not.

Q: Is Atheism just another religion?

A: No. Religions appeal to a supernatural realm controlled in most cases by a god or gods. Atheists have no written revelations, no god or gods and do not accept the existence of a supernatural realm or a creative super-being, as no evidence demands that they do. Atheism is therefore a rational evaluation of nature, whilst religions result from imaginative guessing.

Q: Do you hate God?

A: Nope. We don’t hate Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or Darth Vader either. Remember, atheists do not believe God exists. The way we see it, hating a nonexistent being would be as great a waste of time as worshipping one.

Q: Wow, this is really cool, how can I help out?

A: By joining up with the IEAA! Check us out online at www.inlandempireatheists.com or stop by one of our upcoming meetings listed on this flyer!

Dinner Before Bill Mahr Saturday Night

New Rules: Let’s go eat together before Mr. Mahr’s show Saturday night at Elephant Thai Cuisine downtown. They have something for everyone, I think and service is nice. Separate tickets for everyone!

Sunday Night with Bill Mahr

Since the show seemed to sell out for Saturday night, they added a Sunday show. For those who have tickets or plan to get them for Sunday, please RSVP here so you can find your other atheist friends. If you are in a mind to grab a bite before the show, I recommend the Elephant Thai Cuisine downtown. Comment here if you’d like me to make reservations for you on Sunday for Elephant Thai. The Saturday group is going there, too.

Find tickets here

Redlands Market Night is back!

***The IEAA is hosting this booth as a part of the Inland Empire Coalition of Reason. If you have literature from a secular organization that you would like to hand out, please let us know and we’ll make sure to pass it out.***

Want to help let other non-believers know they’re not alone? 

Want to take an active role in promoting Secular ideals in the local community?

Then come join us at Redlands Market Night!

We’ll be loosely following the “Ask an Atheist” format where we:

• Answer questions

• Pass out flyers 

• Give out information about secularism and the local groups

• Sell atheist themed t-shirts

• Chat with whomever stops by 

Let’s show the world that atheists and agnostics are nice, normal, and happy people!

We’re looking for volunteers of every level, if you want to come and just hang out that’s fine, and if you want to engage with the public that’s fine too. We’ll go over tabling basics for anyone who isn’t sure what to do.

There’s lots of parking all over if you come early, and lots by the Redlands Mall after 5. Our Booth will be located between Orange St. and 5th St. Just look for our booth with the big Atheist sign. If you still can’t find us call Greg at (951) 318 – two six two eight.

Here’s a sample of some of the questions and answers we’ll deal with:

Q: Don’t atheists have basically empty, meaningless lives since they don’t believe that there’s any higher power out there?

A: Nope. We don’t think that the world is an empty, meaningless place, even though we don’t think a god designed it. We think the world is a fascinating, wonderful, interesting place, and we enjoy living in it. Now, you may think that it’s impossible to “really” enjoy this world without believing of God as the designer. We don’t feel that way.

Q: What do you think happens to you when you die?

A: Just in case there are any misconceptions about this, most serious atheists don’t believe in reincarnation or spirits any more than we believe in hell. What defines “you” is what you think and feel, and how you interact with the universe. When this interaction ceases, you’re not you anymore. So you simply stop existing.

Q: How can anyone possibly be moral without believing in God?

A: Pretty much the same way that anyone else can be moral – by considering their actions, weighing the consequences and deciding whether they’re doing more harm than good to themselves and other people.

Q: What’s the difference between an atheist and an agnostic?

A: Atheism is merely the absence of belief in any gods. Agnosticism is not about belief in god but about knowledge — it was coined originally to describe the position of a person who could not claim to know for sure if any gods exist or not.

Q: Is Atheism just another religion?

A: No. Religions appeal to a supernatural realm controlled in most cases by a god or gods. Atheists have no written revelations, no god or gods and do not accept the existence of a supernatural realm or a creative super-being, as no evidence demands that they do. Atheism is therefore a rational evaluation of nature, whilst religions result from imaginative guessing.

Q: Do you hate God?

A: Nope. We don’t hate Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or Darth Vader either. Remember, atheists do not believe God exists. The way we see it, hating a nonexistent being would be as great a waste of time as worshipping one.

Q: Wow, this is really cool, how can I help out?

A: By joining up with the IEAA! Check us out online at www.inlandempireatheists.com or stop by one of our upcoming meetings listed on this flyer!

Skeptic’s Forum: Atheists have no morals??? Sam Harris and Dan Dennett

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS IS A CROSS POST FROM GREATER RIVERSIDE SKEPTICS FORUM. DO NOT RSVP HERE. GO TO THE SKEPTICS FORUM MEETUP TO RSVP. Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

Adored by secularists, feared by the pious, Sam Harris’ best-selling books argue that religion is ruinous and, worse, stupid — and that questioning religious faith might just save civilization. Sam Harris has been identified as one of the “Four Horsemen of Atheism” — company he shares with Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. An outspoken proponent of skepticism and science, his two books — The End of Faith and its follow-up Letter to a Christian Nation — have become best-sellers. In The End of Faith, Harris showed “a harrowing glimpse of mankind’s willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when these beliefs inspire the worst of human atrocities.” After receiving thousands of angry letters in response, he wrote Letter to a Christian Nation, which centered on religious controversies in the United States: stem cell research, “intelligent design,” and links between religion and violence. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He is the co-founder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. Dan Dennett is one of our most important living philosophers. He is best known for his provocative and controversial arguments that human consciousness and free will are the result of physical processes in the brain. He argues that the brain’s computational circuitry fools us into thinking we know more than we do, and that what we call consciousness — isn’t. His 2003 book “Freedom Evolves” explores how our brains evolved to give us — and only us — the kind of freedom that matters, while 2006’s “Breaking the Spell” examines belief through the lens of biology.

In recent years, Dennett has become outspoken in his atheism, and his 2006 book Breaking the Spell calls for religion to be studied through the scientific lens of evolutionary biology. Dennett regards religion as a natural — rather than supernatural — phenomenon, and urges schools to break the taboo against empirical examination of religion. He argues that religion’s influence over human behavior is precisely what makes gaining a rational understanding of it so necessary: “If we don’t understand religion, we’re going to miss our chance to improve the world in the 21st century.”

Activities Discussion

This is a totally open, all-members-welcome activity planning meeting for the IEAA. These meetings are where big and small events get planned. Stop by if you want to help out and take an active part in running the group.

If you want to become an Organizer, have an event Idea and are seeking assistance, or would like to get funds for an activity, then this is the best place come.  

We’ll be discussing new social event ideas, ways to reach other non-believers, and talking about different charity activities. We’ll also briefly discuss some changes to our bylaws at this meeting. Click here for a list of proposed changes.

***Remember, Event Organizers never need permission to post an event, these meetings just offer support and information.***

If you have questions or would like to discus an idea, please contact Gregory Mckinley-Powell at info@IEAtheists.org 

Author Bill Zuersher with his latest book at the “Skipping Church” Luncheon

Join us on the third Sunday of June for author Bill Zuersher, who will be talking about his recently published book through a lecture entitled, “Christianity: How it Happened”. His book is “Seeing Through Christianity: A critique of Beliefs and Evidence”

Bill Zuersher studied economics and government at Yale. After working for two decades in the energy industry, he now teaches and writes. He is a popular speaker with secular audiences and is available for interviews, presentations, and debates. He and his wife, Linda, live in southern California.

From Amazon, “the only book you’ll ever need to read about Christianity.  

“This remarkable book provides a critical overview of Christian beliefs and the evidence for them. Where did these beliefs come from? Are there good reasons to believe Christianity is true? 

“Bill Zuersher clearly explains each of Christianity’s major beliefs. He then proceeds to demonstrate significant difficulties with each of them. The book tackles these beliefs in a logical order, beginning with the problems at the root of virtually all religions, suffering and death, and culminating in their supposed resolution through Jesus. 

“Entertaining throughout, it is must-reading for skeptics, apologists, and anyone interested the world’s largest religion or the culture wars behind today’s politics — an invaluable resource for students and teachers, writers and debaters.” 

Luncheon Menu:

Enjoy an catered entrée and a vegetarian dish, fresh bread and butter, and dessert. The full menu is announced before the meeting.

Schedule:

12:30pm – beverages and welcome

12:45pm-1:45pm – Lecture

1:45pm – luncheon and one-on-one with speaker

Prices are as follows:

Lecture only – $5

Food and beverages will be extra and will be announced shortly.

While this meeting officially starts at 12:30pm, anyone who wishes to help set up chairs, prepare food, or decorate tables is invited to show up early at 12:00pm. 

Parking:

Parking can fill up at the library, but parking at downtown structures is free on Sundays. There is a structure across from the library at 3750 Orange St. that we recommend:

And whatever you do, don’t park in the Mission Inn structure, they charge by the hour.

Hope to see you there!

Activities Discussion

This is a totally open, all-members-welcome activity planning meeting for the IEAA. These meetings are where big and small events get planned. Stop by if you want to help out and take an active part in running the group.

If you want to become an Organizer, have an event Idea and are seeking assistance, or would like to get funds for an activity, then this is the best place come.  

We’ll be discussing new social event ideas, ways to reach other non-believers, and talking about different charity activities. We’ll also briefly discuss some changes to our bylaws at this meeting. Click here for a list of proposed changes.

***Remember, Event Organizers never need permission to post an event, these meetings just offer support and information.***

If you have questions or would like to discus an idea, please contact Gregory Mckinley-Powell at info@IEAtheists.org 

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

The Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics is a community for the non-religious. We are good without God