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W: John Shook – Atheism Explained

September 9, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Understanding atheism requires a valid definition of atheism and justifications for rationally preferring atheism to belief in supernaturalism. A careful definition of atheism displays its logical foundations upon skepticism. The justification for atheism is a justification for skepticism towards belief in the supernatural. A number of core skeptical arguments are explained, using only common sense practical rationality. With some helpful strategies, you will be able to refute typical arguments for God in 30 seconds or less.

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About John Shook, PhD

Vice President and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Inquiry Transnational

John Shook is Vice President of Education and Research at Center for Inquiry. John is also a CFI Senior Research Fellow and Research Associate in Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his PhD in philosophy at Buffalo in 1994. He was professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2006, before returning to New York to teach Science Education at University at Buffalo. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, is co-editor of three philosophy journals, and is a frequent contributor to Free Inquiry magazine. Shook’s work is inspired by Pragmatism and other dimensions of American Philosophy. He writes about naturalism, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. His writings also include humanist ethics, social theory, and political philosophy.