At our last NTCOF service on February 4th, we celebrated the 23rd anniversary of our very first church service on February 5th of 1995. We reviewed some ideas presented all those years ago from the writings of the 19th-Century English scientist-naturalist Thomas Henry Huxley. We had birthday cake and other snacks and then also remembered fantasy and science-fiction writer Ursula K. LeGuin who died this past January.
NTCOF member and videographer John Gauthier then presented the second in a series of three on logical fallacies. Logical fallacies are literally mistakes in reasoning and, as such, understanding them is vital to thinking properly. Like superstitions generally, logical fallacies instruct us on what not to do. John plans to present the third and last of these items at the April 1st NTCOF service.
Our featured topic of "Love In The Age of Reason" was then discussed by Pastor Tim, followed by general comment and discussion. It was noted that the traditional religions have very little justification for claiming that their god(s) have much to do with love. How, for example, does it foster loving-kindness to tell people to love others as they love themselves and then tell them also that they should hate themselves for being sinners that can only be "saved" by giving up their rationality? The ancient Greeks, by contrast, had much better developed ideas about the subject of love that significantly predate the supposed events described in the New Testament. Using the methods of modern science, we are just beginning to discover the neural/physical correlates of people saying they feel love or loved, including the sort of selfless, unconditional love that may or may not equate to what is also called the feeling of "being one with everything."
More about the February 2018 service is here. And check also the bulletin for February where there is more about this topic!
NEXT MONTH's SERVICE is March 4th. At that time we will enjoy guest speakers Rex Burks and Owen Younger. Both were raised to be fundamentalist Christians but eventually facts and reason had their way with them. They have been visiting Sunday School classes of various Christian denominations since then and will share important things they have learned from this at our March NTCOF service. We expect to have a lively question-and-answer session at our March service following the remarks of Mr. Burks and Mr. Owen. Of course, this will all take place at the Comfort Inn DFW Airport North at 5000 West John Carpenter Freeway — Highway 114 — in Irving. See map/directions to the right!
Join us for the March service, discuss and learn about these and other things with the help of and in the company of others who share your same basic values of devotion to facts and reason! Have kids? Bring them too as we offer free childcare and "Sunday School" aimed at helping our younger Freethinkers cope with the challenges of growing up by learning to ask questions instead of just being spoon-fed "the answers." If they're too young for that - and we have had folks bring infants! - we'll look after and entertain them too. We want them to have fun! Children of all ages need to learn that Freethinking is exciting, important, and absolutely "normal." In fact, Freethought is extraordinary!