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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 prize was awarded to John Dalrymple. You can read his winning entry here.

Tues 2 MayMary Leng

What does science really tell us about the world? with Dr Mary Leng, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York.

One of the reasons we think electrons exist is that they play an important explanatory role in our understanding of the physical universe. But does it then follow that mathematical objects such as numbers must also exist since they, too, play a vital role in our understanding of the way the world works?

Dr Mary Leng takes us on a challenging philosophical journey from Plato to Prince by way of prime numbers, cicadas, God, Darwin and Richard Dedekind.

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

Wed 3 May

Book Club Meeting - Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Mon 15 May

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

Tues 6 Jun

A Soapbox Evening, following on from our (hopefully brief) AGM. This will be a chance for people to start short discussions about the topic of their choice.

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

Mon 12 June

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

Tues 4 JulyLeodis Pagan Circle

Pagan Culture, with Debra Scott from the Leodis Pagan Circle.

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

Tues 1 AugustThe Multiverse

The Multiverse - Are We Alone?, a talk by Andy Parkin.

Andy will provide a background to Cosmology and where scientists are at the moment, vis-à-vis concepts such as the Big Bang and Dark Matter. This will lead into the current ideas about possible multiple universes—the Multiverse.

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

Tues 5 SeptemberChris Renwick

The Grammar of Selection with Dr Chris Renwick, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York.

With the government resurrecting the idea of selection in schools, grammar school-educated Chris Renwick asks whether our understanding of social mobility is all it is cracked up to be. He explores – and often explodes – many of the myths surrounding the benefits of social mobility and the role it plays in the creation of a good and fair society. In tracing the intellectual roots of the debate, Dr Renwick not only provides a reality check on the place of social mobility in progressive politics but also on the popular misconceptions of what actually happened during the so-called ‘golden age’ of social mobility.

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

Tues 3 October

No meeting

Sat 7 October

Our Fifth Annual Lecture—details to follow.

Tues 7 November

TBA

Tues 5 DecemberJeremy Rodell

Britain's Changing Religion and Belief Landscape with Jeremy Rodell, Dialogue Officer, British Humanist Association.

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.

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To contact us, ring our secretary, Charles Anderson, on 01904 339107, or email secretary@nyhg.org.uk