I regularly attend a skeptics and believers group in Henley on Thames which I have notified on this site. I post this notification of the up coming meeting firstly for information on what we talk about but I hope it might prompt some discussion too as to whether this type of group can do any good at all.
Title of the session is Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes is a great book to include as it seems to give a message that many atheists are comfortable with, or perhaps told by theists that they hold: that there is a deep meaninglessness to life. We will assume that you will be familiar with the content of the book, but please bring your Bibles or these days, your Bible-Apps.
Some topics we’ll hope to cover:
• How could such a bleak book end up in the Bible?
• Is the message of meaninglessness actually correct?
• What other messages of wisdom did we like, found helpful or notable?
• What teaching about God is given and how does this compare against other material in the Bible?
We (never more than 12 of us, but at one time we regularly had 30 to 40) will stay in the bar area and will settle down for the 8pm start and there will be a 'half time' break to refresh your glasses.
I get a lot from it particularly because it means I do not have to read Bibles and other philosophical texts. I let the others do all the hard work.