Theology on Tap
- Categories: Faith
- Event posted: June 30, 2011
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Thursday, June 30, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Henry's on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St., Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
In Columbus, Ohio atheism is getting a face-lift. Seven billboards — http://bit.ly/mrlwGt — recently appeared as part of an on-going national campaign by Freedom from Religion. Residents hope the billboards will fight stereotypes that atheists are immoral or hateful. Their efforts are part of a long struggle for atheists to gain tolerance and acceptance in this country. In the Supreme Court case Murray v. Curlett, which fought to remove reverential reading of the Bible and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools, atheism was defined in some of these terms: An atheist... • loves his fellow man instead of god. • believes that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth for all men together to enjoy. • believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. • believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. • wants man to understand and love man. • wants an ethical way of life. Is the world is ready to outgrown religions?
Do we still need it to explain natural events outside our understanding? Do we need to it to explain death? Do we still need it to give us ethics? Or is it time to sever the umbilical cord and evolve into own our own ethical system free from invisible overlords? Religions have justified wars, genocide, slavery, and perpetuated stigma against sexual behavior unnecessarily. Why would anyone cling to such violent institutions? How can anyone claim they are the foundation for ethical behavior? If we re-invested all of the money and capital from all the world's religious institutions into education, medicine, and environmental stewardship would we all be better off? What is religion good for today anyway? If you are religious, how do you defend your religious preoccupation? Does your religion provide you with your ethical code? Can a sense of ethics drive people away from religion?
Tap meets every Thursday upstairs in Henry’s bar, 8th and New Hampshire, at 5pm. Come late, leave early. Always a good time.