The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God-Dan Barker (Grand Rapids)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club-Upper Level, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map
Presented by Dan Barker, Director of Freedom From Religion Foundation
Join us for a lecture by Dan Barker, Author and Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Dan will share excerpts and insights from his books, including, The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God.
How does an Atheist respond to the question, what is the purpose of life?
For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his book, The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”
But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide.
Mr. Barker's presentation will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life.
Copies of Mr. Barker's books will be available for purchase at the event. The author will be available for a book signing following the lecture.
About the Speaker
Dan Barker is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and co-host of Freethought Radio. After 19 years as an evangelical minister, Dan “saw the light” and announced his atheism in 1984. His first public appearance as an atheist was on Oprah Winfrey’s “AM Chicago.” Since that time he has traveled extensively, lecturing and performing on college campuses, and participating in more than 90 public debates defending atheism.
A former composer of Christian songs and musicals (for which he still receives royalties), Dan is now a jazz pianist and writer of freethought music, contributing editor of Freethought Today and author of numerous books. He regularly travels the country and the world giving lectures, performing concerts, and participating in debates with theists, many at college and university campuses. Dan has 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and lives with his wife (and co-president) Annie Laurie Gaylor in Madison, Wisconsin.
Meetings are open to the Public. A moderated discussion will follow the lecture.
After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map
Cost: $6.00 general admission. Free for Friends of the Center.
Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 616-698-2342