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The Future of Religion and 'New Atheism': A Talk Followed by Q+A With Prof. Bill Garlington | The Nation

The Future of Religion and 'New Atheism': A Talk Followed by Q+A With Prof. Bill Garlington

Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 2:30pm
3775 Modoc Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105

The future of religion and "New Atheism," with Bill Garlington, PhD, an instructor (Professor of the Year 2008) in the Osher Extended Education Program at California State Channel Islands University and the adult education director at Camarillo United Methodist Church.  Professor Garlington is also the author of two novels: Fire And Blood (published in 1984) and Tara's Secret (2003). He will talk and answer questions about: * The History of Ideas; * Sociology and future of religion; and * "New Atheism," such as espoused by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Victor Stenger, and others who declare that religion should not be passively tolerated but should instead be countered, criticized and exposed by rational argument wherever its influence arises. The New Atheists believe that tolerance of pervasive myth and superstition in modern society is not a virtue, and that religious fundamentalism has gone mainstream, taking a toll on education, science and social progress. A public discussion hosted by the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara, optional $2 student or $5 general donations would be appreciated. On Saturday, August 21: - 2:30pm doors open for socializing with refreshments;  3pm meeting starts in the Patio Room at Vista del Monte, 3775 Modoc Road (Las Positas exit off Hwy.101, midway between UCSB & SBCC) in Santa Barbara. Phone: 805-689-2716