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The Evil God Challenge

The Evil God Challenge: Watch this video where philosopher Stephen Law asks: Why is belief in a good God much more reasonable than belief in an evil God? If belief in an evil God is absurd, then why isn't belief in a good God?

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What is Humanism?

Humanists are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.

Can you be good without God?

Our Young Humanist Essay Competition this year was on the topic, Does Religion Have a Future?. First prizes were awarded to Amy Pointon (under 15) and John Dalrymple (15 - 19). You can read their winning entries here and here.

Mon 30 October

Philosophy Club Meeting - Children’s Rights. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 7 November

On the Historicity of Jesus Christ with Colin Taylor.

Who was Jesus? What do we really know about him? Historians in the US such as Earl Doherty and Richard Carrier have indicated that Jesus never existed as a real person and is a character of mythology. Dangerous stuff! Colin Taylor is an authority on religions in the ancient world of Greece and Rome and will demonstrate how their ideas have influenced Christianity.

Wed 15 November

Book Club Meeting - East West Street by Philippe Sands. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Mon 4 December

Philosophy Club Meeting - Gender. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 5 DecemberJeremy Rodell

Britain's Changing Religion and Belief Landscape with Jeremy Rodell, Dialogue Officer, Humanists UK.

We're currently living through what has been referred to as the biggest change in the religion and belief landscape in Britain since the Reformation, 500 years ago. But what's really going on? What are the facts? And how can humanists respond?

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 2 January

Quiz Night and Social

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 6 February

TBA

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 6 MarchAngelos Sofocleous

Logic and Argumentation with Angelos Sofocleous

Humanists value rationality and critical thinking over belief and faith. It is therefore crucial to know how to apply rationality and how to use it when making arguments and also when critically assessing the arguments of others.

Knowing the basics of logic and argumentation allows someone to avoid committing logical fallacies.

Angelos Sofocleous will explain the foundations of logic and give an analysis of what logic is through the concepts of validity, soundness in deductive logic and inductive logic, indicating their differences and outline various applications of them in the real world.

Angelos studies Philosophy and Psychology at Durham University, where he is president of Durham Humanist Students Society. He is writer and copy editor for Conatus News and Secular Nation, and philosophy & religion editor for The Bubble Durham.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.