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Religion, Meaning, and Purpose?

Imagine the following scenario: you have been raised in a deeply evangelical household. From an early age, your parents taught you to pray daily and told you that the purpose and meaning of life were found in God. Attending Sunday school reinforced this message.

You grew up in this environment throughout your early teenage years, attending a religious elementary and junior high school. Then, you went off to a local high school, because your parents could not afford a religious high school. There, you met an environment that challenged your beliefs that the purpose and meaning in life were to be found only in God.

Comforting Thoughts about Death

photo of Greta ChristinaFor most of my life, the possibility of dying seemed like something far off. After my father died at a young age, I realized that if I lived as long as my father did, I wouldn’t have many years left. The possibility of dying became more real. Many people put off thinking about death, but after a diagnosis of cancer, Greta Christina gave the issue her usual thoughtful analysis.

Prejudice Is Not Dead

God Is Not Dead posterThe Nazi hate propaganda film “The Eternal Jew” made overtly vicious comparisons of Jewish people to rats. The film’s extreme portrayals tended to be dismissed as ridiculous.

What is the Meaning of Life for You?

by: Gleb Tsipursky

image for Gleb;s post"What is the meaning of life?"

Text of Richard Carrier's Speech at HCCO's Winter Solstice Potluck

photo of Dr. Richard CarrierOur Winter Solstice Potluck, held on December 6th, was an excellent time had by all. In case you weren't able to join us, here is the text of the talk given by our keynote speaker, Richard Carrier. He has kindly allowed us to post it.

"Be wise and practical"

image of Sense and Goodness without God coverFor people who no longer find faith, authority, and tradition convincing, there are many questions of what goes into thoughtful living. Atheist Richard Carrier's Sense and Goodness without God offers a framework for evidence-based living and encouragement to develop wisdom for quality living beyond faith.

Eugene V. Debs on the "Edge"

photo of activist Eugene V. DebsThe agnostic Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs went to prison for over ten years primarily for a 1918 speech in Canton, Ohio. Debs's speech points out difficulties related to the power elite of 1918. Nearly, 100 years later, the issues Debs raises sound familiar.

Carl Sagan Day

image of a poster of Carl SaganNovember 9th is the birthday of Carl Sagan (1934-1996), an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. He is best known as creator and host of the seminal science TV show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). Sagan was known as a skeptic and freethinker.

Breaking News: We Have HCCO T-Shirts

mockup of HCCO T-shirtMany of you have asked for a T-shirt to show your support for Humanist principles and help us build community among Humanists. We have had some T-shirts made that you can purchase.

Sale of the T-shirts will start with the November 8 members' meeting. The shirts are preshrunk cotton in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. They will be available for $15 per shirt.

Waking Up Sam Harris

cover for Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without ReligionSam Harris recently published Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. I appreciate seeing books on the subject of what goes into quality experiences of living but found Waking Up to be a disappointment in a number of ways.

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