Welcome legionaries! Before we get to things I have a couple of public service announcements to make. January’s Skeptics in the Pub at Joyce’s on 4th in Calgary will be on the second and not the usual first Tuesday of the month, that being January 8. Coming up later this week is a date very important to the atheist community. December 15 marks first anniversary of the day we lost Christopher Hitchens, an unparalleled voice of reason against religion. Remember to hoist a glass of scotch in his honor and remember how much our lives were enriched because of his time on this planet. So don’t mourn the loss. Celebrate the life. Also, Imagine No Religion 3 (http://imaginenoreligion NULL.ca/) is coming up May 17-19. The speaker list is even better than last year’s, which I thought was going to be very tough to beat. Amongst those coming to Kamloops BC this time are philosopher Daniel Dennett (this year’s keynote speaker), Victor Stenger (author of such books as “God: The Failed Hypothesis” and “God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion”), historian Richard Carrier (author of “Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus” and “Not the Impossible Faith”), outspoken atheist advocate Aron Ra (when’s he writing a book?), Brian Dalton (aka Mr. Deity), and for us X-Files fans, William B. Davis. The lineup is simply fantastic! You can register at imaginenoreligion.ca.
On to this week’s episode. I said last time that it’s important to hear the stories of those who have walked the road leading away from religion in the shoes they wore. This is one I’ve been wanting to do for some time and took the plunge on Saturday. Helen, Haysn and I sat down over scotch and talked with Rainer Rohr, a former Pentecostal minister who has only recently found his way out and has entered the atheist/skeptic community with great enthusiasm and you can meet him at pretty much any get-together. We even get a crash course in speaking in tongues! His story is particuarly moving and it’s important we hear about it. And so without further delay…
G. Elijah Dann, Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Leaving-Fundamentalism-Personal-Stories-Writing/dp/1554580269/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292428820&sr=1-1)
Tom Harpur, The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=tom+harpur)
Tom Harpur, Born Again (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Born-Again-Journey-Fundamentalism-Freedom/dp/0887627382/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355077927&sr=1-4&keywords=tom+harpur) (My Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom)
Mark I. Pinsky, The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Gospel-According-Disney-Faith-Trust/dp/B008SLHTIY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355079019&sr=1-1&keywords=pixie+dust+walt+disney)