First Friday Freethinkers Group at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota meets this Friday.

Topic: “Morality Without God”
Nontheists (i.e., freethinkers, secular humanists and other nonbelievers) are commonly accused of being against religion but for nothing. Even Paul Kurtz, the quintessential humanist, wrote in his editorial in the April 2009 issue of Free Inquiry that the humanist movement has so far failed to construct a comprehensive nontheistic basis for ethics and morality. But experience and history tell us that none of us is justified in claiming that belief or disbelief in a supernatural deity gains one the moral high ground. The existential challenge for humans at all stages of the theistic-nontheistic spectrum is to evolve moral and ethical worldviews that can tame the shared inhumanities that threaten human future. This session will focus on claims that there may be an evolutionary, universal sense of right and wrong in the human mind that can be nurtured to supply such needed worldviews. Primary sources will be Marc Hauser’s 2006 book, Moral Minds, and Phil Zuckerman’s 2008 book, Society Without God.

Jim Craig, a member of our Church and of the First Friday Freethinkers group, will be the presenter.
When: Friday, June 5, 2009
Where: Jefferson Room at Sarasota UU, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232
Time: 10:00 AM
Membership: Open to all
Questions: Call Tom Dente 921-1598