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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...
by tim
Fri May 10, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: May 5th First Monthly Service on THOUGHT and THINKING
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May 5th First Monthly Service on THOUGHT and THINKING

Our May 5th service included some commentary to the effect that the NTCOF can be compared to the "Darwin Fish" and that real progress in the mainstream religions has inexorably drawn them towards our point of view. It's too slow, of course, and there are strong forces that may prevent them from ever...
by tim
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: FEBRUARY 3 First Sunday Monthly Service on RELIGION DONE RIGHT
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FEBRUARY 3 First Sunday Monthly Service on RELIGION DONE RIGHT

We had birthday cake at our February 3rd service celebrating 24 years since the very first NTCOF service on February 5th of 1995! The service included a discussion about the Periodic Table of the Elements which is 150 years old this year. It may sound like a dry subject but it revolutionized chemist...
by tim
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: January 6 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on THE FUTURE: PROMISE OR THREAT?
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January 6 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on THE FUTURE: PROMISE OR THREAT?

Our January service was on PROPHECY (definitely a religious subject, right?) - that we called THE FUTURE: PROMISE OR THREAT? We viewed a couple of videos on what was expected to be in the news in 2019 including: Powered-clothing … probably not, but the company making it is working hard to make itsel...
by tim
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: December 2 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on THE FUTILITY OF CHRISTMAS
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December 2 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on THE FUTILITY OF CHRISTMAS

Our December service may sound as if it were a “downer,” especially for those who love the winter holiday season. But it was intended to quesiton the whole point and purpose of it, and of all such holidays, all rituals and cultural practices and even of life itself. It was a melding of “the meaning ...
by tim
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: November 4 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on LOSING OUR RELIGION with Special Guest Speaker Christel J. Manning
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November 4 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on LOSING OUR RELIGION with Special Guest Speaker Christel J. Manning

NTCOF's November 4th service began with a consideration of remarks by sociologist of religion Wilfred Cantwell Smith (1916-2000) who from 1964 to 1973 was director of Harvard's Center For The Study of World Religions. Smith said: I'm not saying that religion is a good thing. I'm saying that it's a g...
by tim
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: October 7 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on 1692: The New England Witchcraft Hysteria
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October 7 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on 1692: The New England Witchcraft Hysteria

Our October 7th 2018 service included: 1) Introductory remarks on what we mean by “Freethought,” how thinking differs from belief, and why it is so much more important than belief. We noted a few other things that had happened on October 7th including the kiloton or so of explosive energy released o...
by tim
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: September 2 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on Countering The Five Christian Claims
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September 2 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on Countering The Five Christian Claims

Our September 2nd 2018 service featured Guest Speakers Rex Burks and Owen Younger who returned to present on “Countering the Five Christian Claims.” They listed these generic claims as: 1) God is real. Miracles are real. 2) The Bible is a divine, perfect book. 3) God's plans are beautiful. 4) Christ...
by tim
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: August 5 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on Epistemology, The What, Why and How of Knowing
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August 5 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on Epistemology, The What, Why and How of Knowing

Our August 5th 2018 service was a presentation and discussion of the subject of EPISTEMOLOGY, which is the philosophical subject of knowledge. We considered the fact that what we suppose we know is a widely-varied assortment of things that we have personal and direct knowledge of, that we are told b...
by tim
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Monthly Services
Topic: July 1 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on State-Church Separation: The American Story
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July 1 2018 First Sunday Monthly Service on State-Church Separation: The American Story

Our July 1st 2018 service featured our usual introductory review of the idea of our “atheist church.” On this occasion the emphasis was put on the fact that Freethought is not “faith-based,” an adjective that is now often used as a synonym for the adjective "religious." Of course, this serves very w...