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Events Archive 2020

Progressive Atheists’ 10th Anniversary

Sunday 12 January 2020, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Matthew Flinders Hotel, 667 Warrigal Rd, Chadstone

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You are invited to join Progressive Atheists and Monash Atheists in celebrating their 10th anniversary. Progressive Atheists was founded on 10 January 2010 by four Atheists to unite like-minded individuals who wanted to effect a progressive social transformation in Australia into an organisation capable of carrying this agenda. At this celebration, there will be great company and an open microphone. Last years’ predictions will be opened and new predictions made. The predictions are the world stage seen by Atheists. Read Event Details …

The Problem of Evil

Atheist Society
Tuesday 14 January 2020, 8:00 pm (Rescheduled for April 2020)
Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church
110 Grey St, East Melbourne, Victoria
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Leslie Allan (Rational Realm)
The existence of evil, pain and suffering is considered by many philosophers to be the most vexed question concerning the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient and morally perfect deity. Why would a loving God permit wanton acts of cruelty and misery on the scale witnessed throughout human history? Leslie Allan leads a discussion on common theistic responses to this problem, exploring how each approaches the problem and outstanding issues. He then examines a theistic defence designed to show that the problem of evil is not a problem at all.

Bio: Over a decade, Les studied philosophy and history of religions at La Trobe University. In his working life, Les’ career spanned electronics, information technology, training and development and business improvement. He is currently Vice President of Humanists Victoria and owner of Rational Realm, a web site dedicated to exploring the boundaries between science and philosophy.

Humanity Futures in the Anthropocene

Humanists Victoria Monthly Public Lecture
Thursday 27 February 2020, 7:30 pm
Room 1, Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Josh Floyd (The Rescope Project)
Over the past two decades, the concept of the Anthropocene has increasingly been adopted by Earth System scientists as an effective way of communicating about the nature and scale of humanity’s impacts on the planet. Josh Floyd will open the evening by providing a brief introduction to the Anthropocene concept. In conjunction with his Rescope Project colleague Keith Badger, he will then lead a conversation with attendees on what the Anthropocene means for the future pathways available to humanity and the implications for living well in the face of increasing global dilemmas.

Bio: Josh Floyd is Energy, Systems and Society Fellow at The Rescope Project. His work is motivated by a desire to support viable futures for human societies in the face of increasingly severe co-consequences resulting from our species’ staggering material achievements. Josh worked previously as a mechanical engineer in the development and commercialisation of metallurgical processing technology, experiencing first-hand the dilemmas attending this economic success.

Religious Freedoms in a Secular Australia

Saturday 29 February 2020, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
TBA: Melbourne, Victoria

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At this symposium planned by Progressive Atheists, the following topics will be discussed.

  • Stopping the Rise of the New Religious-Right in Australia
  • The’Religious Freedom Review’
  • Ending Government support for Dangerous Religious Cults

There will be a charge to cover venue costs and some speakers’ expenses. Read Event Details …