Cornwall Humanists Member, Mark Preedy,
in discussion with Andy Bannister
Mark Preedy debates with Andy Banister
Congratulations to Cornwall Humanist member Mark Preedy for his excellent, rational thoughts at Creation Fest on 9th August at Wadebridge Show Ground. Andy Bannister was putting a Christian view. He is an experienced speaker, writer, teacher, and full-time Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity. Justin Brierley chaired a discussion in the Showcase Cafe between a Humanist, Mark Preedy, and a Christian, Andy Bannister. The discussion is to be broadcast at 14.30 on Saturday 12th August in the programme “Unblievable” for Premier Christian Radio.
In the public question time Peter Edmead, a member of Cornwall Humanists, asked Andy Bannister if he could supply one piece of evidence for his views. Dr Bannister told us that he could give five pieces of evidence for his Christian beliefs. He spoke about cosmic fine tuning as evidence, and the life of Jesus, but the questioner was not convinced that any evidence in a scientific sense had been supplied. There were seven known Humanists in the audience numbering hundreds. The Humanists were approached afterwards by people trying to convince them of the truth of Christianity.
The discussion was recorded for broadcast on Premier Christian Radio programme “Unbelievable” which goes out at 14.30 on Saturday 12th August. You can listen online or to the podcast https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes
Some members of Cornwall Humanists meet on the second Sunday of each month at the Sonder Cafe, 6 Prince’s St, Truro TR1 2ES.
It is an informal meeting run by Cornwall Humanists for discussions.
If you are non religious but believe in an ethical lifestyle, and would like to find out more, do join us for coffee or a beer.
We usually meet from 11am to 12.30pm.
About the Sonder Cafe
In their own words – taken from the Sonder Cafe website:
“We are not the norm. We are a bar, a cafe, a restaurant, a takeaway, a coffee house, a meeting place and more!!”
Catholic Research Forum Report
Based on findings in Britain in 2015
48.6% of adult Britons now claim to have no religion.
43.0% identify themselves as Christian.
8.4% identify themselves with a non-Christian religion.
You can read the full 20 page report here.
University of Exeter Atheist, Humanist and Secular Society
Two day event in November
Inaugural South West Regional AHS Convention! This is an amazing two-day conference including speakers, comedians, and workshops at Exeter University. From November 14th 10am to the 15th of November, Exeter will host a series of speakers on a variety of topics to help arm the next generation of atheists, humanist, and secular students to take on the world ahead. The theme of our conference is ‘skepticism‘.
Or should they be taught as world religions, —- or history?
Thanks to Jasmine via John Langford for this post.
125 schools opt out of Christian Worship.
More than 125 schools have applied over the past three years to be exempt from the legal requirement to hold collective worship of a “wholly or broadly Christian character”.
Information released to Schools Week following Freedom of Information (FOI) requests shows 127 schools have requested a “determinations” from their local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) board.
Determinations allow schools to amend their collective worship from being “wholly or broadly” Christian in nature.
A full determination allows a school to change to a different religion – for example, a school with a largely Muslim population could hold Islamic worship. A part determination allows different acts of collective worship to suit different faiths within a school, including atheists and agnostics.
Read the full article.
Gerry Adams welcomes referendum result
Gerry Adams, head of the Sinn Fein, greeted supporters of same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday.
The referendum was passed with 62 percent of votes.
Read More from the New York Times
Nine Famous women including Dame Helen Mirren and Emma Thompson give a brief account of their views on religion.
Julianne Moore said she let go of religion after the death of her mother.
“I learned when my mother died five years ago that there is no ‘there’ there,” she said.
“Structure, it’s all imposed. We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there’s nothing but chaos.”
Read the views of the nine famous women.
As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”
Polling conducted in the run-up to Easter has found that almost two-thirds of Britons describe themselves as “not religious.”
In his Easter message, Prime Minister David Cameron claimed the UK was “still a Christian country,” but YouGov found overwhelming lack of religion in the UK in its latest poll on religion and belief.
62% said they were not religious, compared to just 36% who said they were, while 68% said that religion was “not important” to their own life. Despite over a third of Britons claiming they were religious, only 29% said that religion was “important” to them.
8th March International Women’s Day
‘Why feminism and not just humanism?’ is a question often invoked by closet misogynists attempting to highlight some imagined incoherence or hypocrisy embedded in the feminist ethical perspective. It is a question which lacks the intended effect, given that it incorrectly defines both Humanism and feminism, but does actually provoke some deeper questions about the historical and philosophical relationship between the two. So, even though the questioner is at best ignorant and at worst bigoted, there is a silver lining.