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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, Can you be good without God?. First prize was awarded to Nathan Jeffs. You can read his winning entry here.

Mon 5 December

Philosophy Club Meeting - What is Truth? 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 6 DecemberAnna Semlyen

Yoga as Medicine/Secular Practice. Plus a skeptical view of the nativity story (comedy/poetry). With Anna Semlyen.

Anna Semlyen has taught yoga since 1996 and is BWY Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic Yoga Research. Author of Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs.

She has 3 poetry collections and was slam winner at WOMAD festival.

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

Tues 3 JanuaryStuart Jesson

The Charms of Expressive Theism, with Dr Stuart Jesson, Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at York St John University.

Certain seemingly-atheist philosophers nevertheless feel drawn to religious language on certain occasions, for example as a way to express and acknowledge the mystery of things (Owen Flanagan), or as a way to articulate profound admiration for moral excellence (Raimond Gaita).

These tendencies raise difficult but important questions for theologians, and perhaps for atheists too. Can God-talk re-gain credibility as a form of expressive—rather than assertive—language?

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

Wed 11 January

Book Club Meeting - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 7 FebruarySimon Blackburn

On not being an atheist: Hobbes and Hume.

Each of Thomas Hobbes and David Hume mounted devastating attacks on the credibility of religious doctrines. Each was well-known as an infidel. But neither of them accepted the label of "atheist". In my talk I discuss why, and commend the wisdom of their respective positions.

Simon Blackburn is an academic philosopher known for his work in metaethics and in the philosophy of language. He is the author of many books, the most recent being "Mirror, Mirror".

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

Wed 1 March

Book Club Meeting - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, finishing off the discussion of January 11th. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

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