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by tim
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: March 1st Monthly Service on FICTIONAL RELIGION
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March 1st Monthly Service on FICTIONAL RELIGION

The March 1st NTCOF service began with its being pointed out that while Freethinkers are atheists, Freethought is a lot more than an absence of belief in deities. Importantly, the NTCOF repudiates the claim of believers that their deity offers an “objective” and “absolute” moral code. NTCOF, in cont...
by tim
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: February 2nd 2020 Monthly service on A VALENTINE FOR FREETHOUGHT
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February 2nd 2020 Monthly service on A VALENTINE FOR FREETHOUGHT

The service on February 2nd of 2020 took note of the NTCOF's very first service on the 5th of February of 1995, completing 25 years of uninterrupted monthly service. We sang ourselves “Happy Birthday” and enjoyed some delicious carrot-birthday cake. In discussing the original process and thinking b...
by tim
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: January 5th 2020 Monthly service on "Some Things Never Change"
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January 5th 2020 Monthly service on "Some Things Never Change"

We began the January 5th service by considering whether this business of the "New Year" and, by some accounts (though not others), this “New Decade” means much of anything at all. In one sense it is arbitrary and, in another, not. For marking time, initially the days, then the seasons and months ba...
by tim
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: DECEMBER 1st 2019 First Monthly Service on "Myths We Live By"
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DECEMBER 1st 2019 First Monthly Service on "Myths We Live By"

Our December 1st service began with comment about how Freethought relates to and fits with “The Evolution of Theology,” also the title of a wonderful essay by Thomas Henry Huxley which is available online for free here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2634 . Huxley presents evidence for and argues ...
by tim
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: NOVEMBER 3rd 2019 First Monthly Service on "Gratitude For Freethinkers"
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NOVEMBER 3rd 2019 First Monthly Service on "Gratitude For Freethinkers"

Our November 3rd service looked ahead to the first of the major holidays later in the month, Thanksgiving, with a program featuring the subject “Gratitude For Freethinkers.” We began by noting that November 3rd is an important date in the timeline of the English Reformation. This was the date of the...
by tim
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: OCTOBER 6th 2019 First Monthly Service on "The Four G's of Scouting" presented by Randy Hoenig
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OCTOBER 6th 2019 First Monthly Service on "The Four G's of Scouting" presented by Randy Hoenig

Our October 3rd service began with the usual (which varies a lot!) introductory remarks about the NTCOF and its vision and goals. It included this: “Say what you want about religion. Everybody does after all! But go ahead and say that it's all a terrible delusion, the worse thing that ever happened...
by tim
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: SEPTEMBER 1st First Monthly Service on STATISTICS, LIES AND DAMNED LIES
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SEPTEMBER 1st First Monthly Service on STATISTICS, LIES AND DAMNED LIES

September's service opened with an account of the recent appearance of FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel who was in town to discuss and promote his new book Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American. If you have seen the national motto “In God We Trust” on police cars, on your property tax b...
by tim
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: August 4th First Monthly Service on SCIENCE: IS IT ENOUGH?
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August 4th First Monthly Service on SCIENCE: IS IT ENOUGH?

The August service began with our usual look at what the NTCOF is doing and intends to, mainly to explore and discuss what it is like to be who we are with the intention of improving the quality of our lives. We considered the words of American playwright Jonathan Larson: “There's only now, there's...
by tim
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: July 7th First Monthly Service on DISSOLVING POLITICAL BANDS: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
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July 7th First Monthly Service on DISSOLVING POLITICAL BANDS: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

We had an excellent and very thought-provoking service July 7th, well worth rolling out of bed for on a Sunday morning! If you missed, you missed out! We began with the fact that the NTCOF is itself a revolutionary undertaking. It is, in rejecting claims that religion is about supernaturalism, not ...
by tim
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: June 2nd First Monthly Service on BELIEF: WHAT WHY WHETHER
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June 2nd First Monthly Service on BELIEF: WHAT WHY WHETHER

Our June 2nd service featured a MOMENT OF SCIENCE concerning recent archaeological discoveries that validate some material from Herodotus' Histories . We compared this to claims by Christian believers that various archaeological finds validate their theological beliefs. We then enjoyed a wide-rangin...