NYC ATHEISTS BOOK CLUB / June 19 (FRIDAY) 6:00 PM - HAPPY HOUR / 6:30 PM - BOOK CLUB

Date & Time: Jun 19 2015 - 6:00pm
Location: STONE CREEK BAR & PUB 140 East 27th St. (3rd/Lex) -Back Room
Host: HOST: DAVID ORENSTEIN Ph.D • Medgar Evers College: Chief Librarian of the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library. • Orenstein and Linda Blaike's book, "Godless Grace: How Non-Believers Make the Word Safer, Richer and Kinder" is being published by the Humanist Press and will be in bookstores and online late fall of 2015.
Subject: From Orenstein's blog: http://www.paleolibrarian.info/2015/05/book-review-faith-vs-fact-why-science.html Book: Jerry Coyne's new book: Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible Jerry Coyne’s new book is a real keeper. It is a strongly written and well-researched defense as to why both science and religion, and more specifically faith and facts, run counter to one another. Mainly this is because of the fundamentally different ways they go about declaring what is knowledge, what is fact and what is truth. Dr. Coyne writes systematically about why knowing and understanding the differences between facts and faith are critically important for leading an evidenced-based and therefore an informed life. He also tackles why reasoned knowledge is so important, and conversely why lack of knowledge if you follow religious ideas to guide your thinking, each have a significant impact on our social and work lives, on our society and also on world culture. The book is dense, which is a very good thing, because when a writer takes on the topic of science vs. faith he or she better know what they’re talking about. Wonderfully, Dr. Coyne more than meets this intellectual litmus test and shows that science and religion are essentially oil and water. The author’s thesis throughout the book is that fact and faith are incompatible at the core of their nature because each approaches how we understand the world and universe so differently. Dr. Coyne knows his subject well.

Cost: FREE, but we ask you to purchase food/drink tocompensate Stone Creek. Their knoshies & beer are better than in most bars.